I did the same thing recently. I get so tired of food waste.I can't believe how many leftovers we have.
I look at meal planning with the same philosophy as being frugal with other household purchases -- reuse, repurpose, recycle, only I do it with food. And what you describe is why, when I menu plan, I plan for 3 meals a day. It also helps me to make the most of my grocery budget and insure that I have everything I need on hand, so there's no excuse for "I don't have what I need to make dinner, so I'll just grab something from the drive thru."I did the same thing recently. I get so tired of food waste.
DH was highly offended one night this week...can't even remember what night (maybe Monday?) that I made cornbread. He asked what I was making and I said, "Cornbread." He said, "And?" I said, "Cornbread!" I heated up leftover soup to go with my cornbread. I don't know what he ate that night, but it wasn't cornbread or soup.
I'll post a menu plan for next week after I think about it more.