I'm going to try eating when I'm hungry and stopping when I'm no longer hungry. My stomach usually stops growling after ~5 bites, so I'll be putting a lot of food in tupperware. How can I have decent warm meals if I have to microwave them so much?

Hello and thank you for submitting your question!

Your meals are still good enough to eat within a few days. Most cooked leftovers can last up to 4 days.1,2 You can also freeze your leftovers up for several months -  depending on the type of food. Check out this chart for Storage Times for the Refrigerator and Freezer to keep your food from spoiling or becoming dangerous to eat.

If you are looking for ways to reduce the amount of leftovers you have, consider cooking smaller portions of food at a time. Have you tried any our Recipes on Eatfresh.org? We have over 400 recipes, and each one features a special online tool you can use to make a specific number of servings. For example, if you visit the recipe link for Red Lentil Stew, you will see the recipe makes 8 servings. Say you just want to make 4 servings, you can click on orange “Halve” button to cut the recipe in half. Or say you want to make 1 serving, you can use the green subtraction button to subtract the number of servings one by one until you hit 1 serving.

I also encourage you to see our Lifestyle pages that provide tips on cooking and preparing meals. Check out this one: There are ways to add variety even if you are just cooking for yourself.

Hope this helps!




  1. “Refrigeration and Food Safety” USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service. Last Modified Mar 23, 2015. Accessed January 9, 2019. Available at https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/food-safety-education/get-answers/food-safety-fact-sheets/safe-food-handling/refrigeration-and-food-safety/ct_index
  2. “Storage Times for the Refrigerator and Freezer.” Foosafety.gov. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Accessed January 9, 2019. Available at  https://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/charts/storagetimes.html