How to Add Leftovers to Your Meal Plan

We know that sometimes you may want to incorporate leftovers into your week to cut back on some of the cooking.  We have made that easy for you. You can create leftovers from recipes already planned for the week or you can have the meal planner automatically schedule recipes for you.

Schedule a leftover one time using drag and drop

To schedule a leftover one time using a recipe that is already scheduled on the meal plan:

  • Open the Meal Planner
  • Click on the recipe that you want to use for leftovers
  • Drag it to the meal slot when you want to eat the leftovers
  • Select that you want to add leftovers
  • The recipe will now appear in both meal slots
    • The leftover is indicated by the yellow arrows
    • The number of servings that you will need to cook is automatically reflected in the initial recipe. For example, if you normally cook for 2 and use that recipe for leftovers, the recipe will automatically reflect 4 servings. 

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Schedule a leftover once using the meal planner notes

If you have Empty Day Notes toggled to on in your planner, you can also use those notes to quickly schedule leftovers.

  • Open the Meal Planner
  • Click on Leftovers in the meal slot where you want a leftover
  • Click the box next to the recipe that you want to use for leftovers
  • Click Add Leftovers 

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Schedule automatic leftovers

The meal planner can also incorporate leftovers into your meal plan automatically based on your settings.

  • Click on Settings
  • Select My Meal Plan or Whole30 Meal Plan
  • This opens the Diet and Schedule page where you can specify dietary restrictions as well as make adjustments to your schedule.
  • To make changes to the diet or schedule, click on the Detail page
  • Check the box next to Do you want enough for leftovers? 
  • Select the appropriate number for How many extra leftover portions would you like to make?
    • This is the number of extra portions of each recipe that you want to make
    • For example, if you normally cook for 4 and would like to have 2 extra portions of a meal leftover so you can have this for lunch the next day, you would select 2 here.
  • Select the appropriate number for Over how many meals do you want to spread these leftovers
    • This is how many meals each dinner recipe will be used for a leftover
    • For example, if you select 1, each dinner will be used as a leftover one time. But if you select 2, each dinner will be used as a leftover two times during the week.
  • Click Save
  • Click Update my plan

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For a detailed description of how to set up leftovers in your basic settings, click here.

If you need assistance, please visit us in chat during our normal chat hours, or send us an email at support(at)realplans.com.

 

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