Remember the old bits on the Animaniacs cartoons, Good Idea, Bad Idea?
Well, making all those SNAP meals is kinda like that. Good Idea: Making these gigantic meals that require your largest pot and one batch makes enough for a hearty dinner (with seconds) for 2 hungry adults, plus enough for lunches the next day.
Bad Idea: Making these gigantic meals that require your largest pot and one batch makes enough for a hearty dinner (with seconds) for 2 hungry adults, plus enough for lunches the next day, and STILL having at least one 3-cup container full left over so there's enough for even more days of lunch.
Here's what's left over in just this one week of SNAP meals:
And this is after 2 more containers-full were eaten for lunches and one more dinner!
Some people love lots of leftovers. Those are the people who don't mind eating the same thing multiple times in one week. My husband isn't one of them. He gets annoyed when he has to eat leftovers and grumbles through the whole meal. Those people who like leftovers also may have a large refrigerator with plenty of storage space in the cooler and freezer sections. I don't. I'm lucky to fit a week's worth of frozen veggies in my freezer at one time. There's no room for a big modern refrigerator in a pre-WWI urban apartment.
My husband currently is battling a flu, and although that's usually a bad thing, it's good at this point in time. When he's sick he really doesn't care what he eats. When we were both sick this past Spring and our son was in charge of cooking for the 2 of us because we were so weak we could barely lift our heads off the pillows, we ate a lot of rice and pasta meals and more than a few hummus on toast sandwiches. We didn't care what it was because we couldn't really taste anything. While not as bad as in April, right now my husband can't taste all that much, and said it's alright to have one or 2 leftover meals to use these up. I'll be sure to add some extra spices in his and maybe he'll be able to taste something. I'm gonna be so sick of these things by the time they're all gone!