some soups taste better when warmed up, or salads when they had some time to really mix and soak ... also, christmas goose or similar dishes often taste best the next day, when you cut the leftover meat into little pieces and fry it together with the leftover potatoes, red cabbage and gravy ...
I really never used to have leftovers but I have been purposely making meals the day before my husband has a shift so he can have something to heat up for his lunch and supper during his shift. It also gives me something to warm up. I was getting tired of soup or salad when on my own. Friday I put a rather large ham in the slow cooker and had some for supper Friday night and will have some tonight along with a cabbage roll leftover from my meal out last evening.
there was a time when i rarely had leftovers, because i just kept eating until it was gone. these days i don't, and i think it is better for me (and i learned that planning on eating leftovers helps my portion control - much easier to stop eating that tasty dish when you know you'll get some more of it tomorrow) ...
I have been able to do it for years, I really only have leftovers when we have take out food because they give you too much food.
I am now trying to properly balance these larger meals so the leftovers I create get consumed, it is a challenge! For example the ham I did on Friday, too big! I will be cutting a lot of it into cubes and will have to put into the freezer and I will use for omelettes and salads. I do not have much freezer space so I will really have to take this into account. I often make a spaghetti sauce enough for 2 days now, that one is an easy one for my husband to warm up at work and can also reheat if they get a call during meal time. If he takes sausage to put on the BBQ at work, I get him to cook an extra 2 and bring home and we have one each the next morning with eggs for breakfast.
We had some friends round for a meal on Friday. Both are vegetarian so I made a full on Arabic meze, obviously without the meat dishes. As usual, I made too much, so we've been eating it still until tonight. But normally I don't tend to eat leftovers. There are as mentioned dishes that taste better the second day, but then I don't make them to be eaten that day anyway. I don't eat normal leftovers because I don't like them, I just prefer something different to eat.
The key to “leftover love” is to avoid serving something the next day after it was originally served.
Put it in the fridge and leave it there for a couple days while you eat other meals, then serve it. Or divide it into meal sized portions and freeze in separate containers to bring out at later dates when everyone has forgotten it’s leftovers.
It’s great having ready-made meals to serve up when you’ve had a busy day and don’t feel like cooking from scratch, or ordering a pizza.