Monday, February 23, 2009

Leftovers

My family doesn't eat leftovers. I've tried freezing them, not freezing them, sending them in lunches, lovingly holding said family members down with my foot on their chest while I pour it in their mouths - they just spit it out. Darling husband touts this distaste for leftovers as a defect and wears it like a badge.

WHY? WHY? WHY?!

I need them to eat leftovers because I can't seem to cook the perfect amount of food for a family of 5 who may or may not eat a lot or a little depending on the direction of the wind. I need them to eat the freaking leftovers because I can't stand to throw away anymore food. I need them to eat leftovers because THERE ARE CHILDREN STARVING IN AFRICA goddammit.

8 comments:

The Mother said...

My kids once boxed up their leftovers so they could send them to the starving children in Africa.

I don't have a solution to the leftover problem. It's yet another unfixable, annoying, perplexing part of parenting.

But we didn't have enough to do already, so that's okay.

dhcoop said...

You could try mixing it all together and presenting it as a brand new dish. :)

Peeved Michelle said...

I have a solution for you (well, for me, really). If I buy you an enormous amount of Gladware at Costco, can I just stop by on my way home every day and pick up your leftovers. We are the opposite of you guys. We'll eat every leftover in the house before cooking something new.

AmyAnne said...

Mixing it all together! If they aren't going to eat it at least I can have fun with it!

I will gladly hand food destined to go to waste off to you Michelle! Sometimes I hand it off to my friend with the 5 man-eating animals, I mean, lovely little darlings but while I rarely cook just enough for 5, I certainly don't seem to cook enough for a whole menagerie of kids and I feel bad if I think it isn't enough to feed all them. I should get over that.

3Triangleforge said...
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3Triangleforge said...

You could always try feeding them like a pack of wolves -- dinner only every few days, and then winner take all, or at least all he/she can (you & the baby can eat in the kitchen first). I'd put my money on that tough little five year old to come out ahead every time...

A Lawyer Mom's Musings said...

This is probably way too simple, and I'm sure you've already thought of it. But maybe try reframing the issue? Instead of saying "casserole" or "leftovers" try "romantic chicken soiree" or "meatloaf ala extravaganza"

I used to give my kid "gourmet lemon water" instead of juice or soda. Although one day he asked me for "may lemon water" without the "gore" and I was temporarily thrown for a loop.

Brian said...

The solution to this problem is so simple, I refuse to believe that no one has thought of it. Just alternate between days of not cooking enough, and cooking a normal amount. That way, they will all be too starving to refuse the leftovers. I know you want to make sure everyone eats, but it sounds to me like it's time to go all Teddy Roosevelt on their asses. Self-Reliance, it does a body good!