Just because you don't feel like cooking dinner doesn't mean you have to order takeaway. Instead of calling for Chinese, plan ahead by cooking a few extra portions every night, then having a smorgasbord night once or twice per week.
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Trent at The Simple Dollar makes sure to prepare enough food with each meal to have some leftovers. Every fourth night or so, he pulls everything out of the fridge for a complete leftover feast.
It's pretty simple. We pull all of the leftovers out of the fridge and put them out on the table. Everyone takes what they want and fills their plate, then we microwave that plate.
We usually let the children go first and let them pick whatever they want, then Sarah and I usually eat whatever is the oldest that's left over.
This works really well. Everyone in our family is happy with smorgasbord night.
Growing up, if we had leftovers people would usually eat them ad-hoc for snacks or lunches, but they would rarely all get eaten before going bad. If you cook a little bit extra with each meal, and make sure to do a smorgasbord night with some regularity, you can be sure that nothing will be wasted. Plus, since you'll basically give your family three meals to choose from, everyone can eat something they like.
Smorgasbord Night [The Simple Dollar]