Meal Plan #13: Leftovers Are My Friend

Hello friends and happy Sunday!  This weekend has been nice and laid back so far, and today will be just a little busier getting ready for the week ahead, grocery shopping, cleaning the house, and preparing dinner for my parents who will be stopping by later. I am very thankful because it has been quite a  full weekend with those I love including time with one of my very best girlfriends Friday, being able to spend my whole Saturday with Tim, and now today spending time with both Tim and Tebow, and then my parents later.  I am feeling very blessed!

Since I am trying to savor as much of the weekend as I can while there is still time left, let’s go ahead and jump right into today’s meal planning topic and link-up!

Meal Plan February 10th-February 16th


This week’s meal plan is filled with a ton of leftovers, which unfortunately lends to a less exciting meal plan, but fortunately makes for a very excited cook in my house!  This past week I had a lot of work meetings during the lunch hour.  Since our leftovers are usually eaten during that time throughout the week, I found myself not needing to make as many meals this coming week.  Fine by me!  Having a few nights off from cooking-from-scratch gives me more time during the week for other things, and it keeps our grocery budget looking nice and light.  It’s a win-win!

Monday February 10th:  Slow Cooker Cuban Black Beans via Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice (Freezer Find! I will serve the black beans on top of salad alongside tortilla chips, quinoa, sliced avocado and sour cream!)

slow cooker cuban black bean and rice bowls

Tuesday February 11th: Turkey Santa Fe Lettuce Wraps via Skinnytaste (Freezer find!)

Turkey Santa Fe Lettuce Wraps

Wednesday February 12th: Spicy Sausage, Kale and Whole Wheat Orecchiette via How Sweet Eats (This was on last week’s meal plan, but I didn’t get a chance to make it!)


Thursday February 13th: Organic Turkey Franks + Steamed Broccoli (I found these in the freezer and thought they would make for a perfectly easy weeknight dinner.  I am going to serve them alongside steamed broccoli from the freezer.)

Friday February 14th:  Valentine’s Day dinner!! Yep, Tim and I are one of those couples!  We have had our Valentine’s Day reservations planned for over a month and I can’t wait to start the weekend on a fun note with my best guy!

Saturday February 15th: Leftover Veggie Burgers + Steamed Brussels Sprouts (I made veggie burgers Friday night for girl’s night, and still have quite a few left.  I put the patties in the freezer and will then thaw, heat and serve alongside steamed brussels from the freezer.)

The Perfect Veggie Burger

Sunday February 16th: Spinach & Artichoke Chicken Pizza (Recipe to Come!)

Conversation Time.

  • Are you a fan of leftovers?  Do you tend to freeze what you have left?
  • What is your favorite meal for leftovers?  I actually love leftover homemade spaghetti sauce and chili.  I think the longer they sit, the better they get!
  • Are you one of ‘those’ couples like us who are going out to dinner for Valentine’s Day this year?  Or perhaps you are having a special dinner at home instead?


  1. I do love leftovers, but we rarely have enough to freeze… between my husband’s dinner portion and packing up leftovers for the both of us to use for lunch, there usually isn’t much left!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      We usually eat our leftovers during lunch too! (Especially me, but Tim tends to prefer deli-style sandwiches instead!) That is why we have so many leftovers right now, because I have had quite a few lunch meetings in the last few weeks so I haven’t needed to pack! 🙂

  2. I freeze what I don’t eat for the week for another week! I have so many leftovers in my freezer that I am eating them all this week! (: woot woot! No meal prep needed today!

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      I do the same thing! It is so nice when you can just dig into the freezer and pull out an already made dish, especially on busy nights! 🙂

  3. I’m definitely a fan of leftovers! Oddly enough, when I was little I refused to eat them (what a brad, eh? haha)Depending on the meal, I usually save and freeze a couple of portions for my husband and I for when we have a hectic week ahead. This is typically soups, pastas, some sort of chili, and turkey/veggie burgers. TJ and I tend to have a nice dinner in on Valentine’s Day. We were living apart a few years ago and last year he was gone for training, but I think we’re going to have an indoor picnic with a movie and a bottle of good wine alongside an assortment of cheeses, crackers, and fruits. I’ll iron out the details this week! Have a good one, girly!

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Ha ha too funny! It’s the little things you don’t really as a kid ha! We always ate leftovers in my house when I was a child, and I think it kind of rubbed off on me as I’ve gotten older as well. I just made a big batch of veggie burgers on Friday and can’t wait to have them this week!

      Your Valentine’s date in sounds amazing! Such a cute idea, I will have to remember that! 🙂

  4. I definitely find I don’t need to cook every night, there are usually leftovers around. Yes, chili or stews or curries get even better on day two!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      I usually keep a couple days open when meal planning for leftovers. If I meal plan a dinner everynight, I will still have a ton of food needing to be cooked by the end of the week!

  5. I’m a huge fan of leftovers! I always make a little more than I know we’ll need to keep for lunches and another dinner or two throughout the week. I agree, chili, spaghetti, and other “red sauce” dishes are typically so much better as leftovers.

    We don’t typically do a whole lot for Valentine’s Day. We both don’t like the “pressure” that comes with the holiday, so we typically just do something low key and have a date night at home.
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Me too! I feel really spoiled right now since it is just Tim and I, but I know someday when we have a family there won’t be near as many leftovers lol. It just makes life so much easier!

      A low-key date night at home sounds so nice! Tim and I are planning on spending the whole weekend together, so we will probably do a date night in as well maybe Saturday night! 🙂

  6. I love leftovers! Especially for lunch the next day. Beats having to make something new! Have a great V-day! We are actually doing a whole date day together. Woohoo!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Oh that sounds so nice! I think my husband and I are planning on spending the whole weekend together, so I think we will do a fancy night out Friday, and then maybe a low-key dinner in Saturday night! Valentine’s Day weekend just so happened to fall this yea during a few free days so we are excited!

  7. Leftovers are great! I just wish I had the creativity to make them into something better the second or third time! All your meals for the week look amazing…especially the lettuce wraps and veggie burgers! My boyfriend and I are going to NYC for the weekend so we’re excited to have a romantic V-day dinner!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      I am the same way! Sometimes I will take leftovers and create them differently when I reheat them. For example, if I make a black bean recipe for taco salads, I may use the leftovers in new ways like in quesadillas, soup, or as black bean veggie burgers! 🙂

  8. Sometimes I cook a little bit more rice or pasta and then divide it into several small packages and put them in the fridge. Rice and pasta can stay quite long in the fridge and can save quite a lot of time in meal preparation.

    I never celebrate V-day but may consider cook something healthy and nice at home 🙂

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      That is such a good idea Kim! I like making big batches of quinoa ahead of time since it can take a good 30-45 minutes to make each batch!

  9. I love the Turkey Santa Fe Lettuce Wraps. Taste great and offer a good amount of protein. Even my husband love this. Thanks for the great ideas.

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