I blinked and it’s no longer summer! In fact, we’re almost halfway through November, which means I am one month away from finishing semester five (of six) on my journey to becoming a registered dietitian. It’s nice to see the light at the end of the tunnel of a demanding semester!
On to leftovers! A recent article in the Washington Post explored reasons for shifting attitudes toward leftovers:
The food historian Helen Veit has observed that regard for leftovers plummeted in the 1960s, when refrigeration and cheap food became plentiful. Although saving food had been patriotic during the World Wars, and economically necessary in the century before them, rising incomes and agricultural productivity pushed thrift out of favor.
I know my cooking and eating habits are not reflective of those of a majority of Americans, but leftovers have been a staple in our house for years. We primarily use leftovers for weekday lunches; most mornings I pack dinner leftovers in glass containers for microwave reheating (Matthew and me) and in an insulated stainless steel jar (Gabriel).
Benefits of eating leftovers include reduced food waste, monetary savings, and, perhaps, healthier eating. I’ll explore each of these more in future posts.
I often share pictures of my lunches on Instagram and Twitter. After reading the article, I decided it’s time to show those lunches some extra love, so I’m starting a “Love Your Leftovers” campaign. Whether it’s lunch at work, an easy dinner, or a savory breakfast, please join me in sharing your leftover-based meals with the hashtag #loveyourleftovers!