Plan Ahead Leftovers with Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE + Reader Giveaway

I really do like to cook, but when I’m short on time it can just seem like a big chore. When dinner time comes around and I have some pre-planned leftovers in the fridge to turn into a new meal I feel like I have hit the jackpot!

Every time I cook dinner, I try to think ahead to see if I can save myself some work by making more than one meal at once. For me, that usually means just making a lot bigger batch of the thing I am cooking. I will try to make at least a double-batch, or preferably a triple batch, which mean I have enough food left over for a second meal or two or, better yet, a bunch of lunches!

One of my hubby’s favorite foods is picadillo, which is a traditional food in many Latin cultures that starts with ground beef. I make pretty much a Cuban style picadillo, but end up taking a lot of liberties from the traditional recipe. I tend to add onions, peppers, garlic, a bit of tomato sauce and lots of seasoning – usually Adobo, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, salt and pepper. Following tradition, we serve it with rice when I make the first batch, but from then on its anything goes!

I always try to cook at least three pounds of meet when making picadillo so I have that seasoned meat on hand to go into other dinner recipes. I will get creative and bake it into bread dough (or even canned crescent rolls) to make picadillo pockets, or my latest version was to put it on naan bread along with cheddar cheese to make little pizzas – now that is a lot of cultures crammed into one dish!

Although I like to get creative with the picadillo leftovers, the one thing I always do is make up a few lunches that my husband can take to work. He is happy to have his favorite meal during the workday and I’m happy that he isn’t spending $5-$10 on a purchased lunch! The latest and greatest addition to this routine is packing the lunches in Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE.

One of my favorite features of Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE is that it doesn’t stain! Foods with tomato sauce are always the worst stain culprits, but it has no effect on the Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE. Another big plus is that it is 100% leak-proof guaranteed, which is a big deal when those lunches are being packed inside of hubby’s nice work bag. The airtight leak-proof seal and innovative latches makes sure every drop stays inside. Once it’s lunchtime, the innovative vents allow microwaving with the lid on and latches open help reduce splatters. You never want to be “that guy” who messed up the office microwave!

Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE is available in five sizes, all of which are crystal clear and stack perfectly thanks to their modular, space efficient design. I like the handy multi-piece sets which have sizes perfect for packing lunches AND for holding family size meals in the refrigerator or freezer.

Spending less time cooking AND saving money on meals are both easier when you plan ahead and have a good option for storage. Now excuse me while I go take some leftovers out of the fridge!

Reader Giveaway: One lucky Thrifty Jinxy reader will win a Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE 10-piece set! To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 6/19/17. Good luck!

Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE 10-Piece Set Giveaway' About Chrysa

Chrysa is the founder and owner of, a site dedicated to living a fabulous life on a frugal budget. Her approach is that by spending less on the boring everyday stuff, you can have more money to splurge on the things you REALLY want, whether it’s travel, fashion, electronics – you name it! Chrysa is married, has a 8-year old nephew she dotes on, as well as three lovable cats and a big sweetie of a German Shepherd.


  1.' Lorena Keech says:

    I try to cut up fruits and veggies when I bring them home from the market. Then I can grab and go, and there is less waste. The containers would be great for storing the prepared food, I’d be able to see what is what at a glance.

  2.' shelly peterson says:

    I would store spaghetti. These will be great for leftovers and lunches.

  3.' Ann Fantom says:

    IF I won, I would store leftovers in the Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE set.

  4. I would store meals- we prepare several days’ worth at a time.

  5.' Denise S says:

    I would store chopped onions in one of them.

  6. I would use them to store nuts, fruits and veggies, and leftovers.

  7.' Betsy Barnes says:

    When I make spaghetti, I usually double the recipe for easy lunches. These would be perfect!

  8.' cindy schierl says:

    Store leftovers for lunch

  9.' DEBIJOT says:

    I would store leftovers in my set.

  10.' Kathy Hanley says:

    I would store leftovers and food that I cook to take to my mom’s house in them.

  11.' Heather B says:

    These would be great for storing leftovers!

  12.' Anita Duvall says:

    I would most definitely store the leftovers from supper each night that we have them. I like making enough for two meals.

  13.' janetfaye says:

    I would store cooked rice, veggies and cut up fruit in these containers.

  14.' Gayle J says:

    I would store leftovers, cut up fruits and veggies in them.

  15.' Angela Saver says:

    I would store leftover and also use them to store our fruits, veggies, beans and rice for our meal prep each week.

  16.' Annette says:

    I would store leftovers as well as ingredients prepped for upcoming meals.

  17.' Darcy Koch says:

    I would use them for storing leftovers as well as to transport food to a party or family gathering.

  18.' Soha Molina says:

    Id store fruit.

  19.' shirley says:

    I would store mainly leftovers.

  20.' Elizabeth P says:

    I would store leftovers to take to lunch the next day. thanks for the chance.

  21. I would use it to store leftover chili!

  22.' Julie Murphy says:

    I like that you can leave the lid on when microwaving.

  23.' kelly tupick says:

    I would store my leftovers, fruits, and vegetables in these.

  24.' Jay Jackson says:

    I would use them to take my lunch for work.

  25.' Anita L says:

    I would store all of my left over meals. I love that you can see clearly what is inside!!

  26.' Melissa says:

    These are The Best!

  27.' rochelle haynes says:

    I would put my veggies and leftovers in them

  28.' Cynthia C says:

    I like to keep tuna or egg salad in the fridge for lunches. These would be perfect for that.

  29. we’d store leftovers

  30.' Julie Wood says:

    I would use it to store my cut up veggies, hummus, crackers and leftovers.

  31.' mami2jcn says:

    I would store leftover spaghetti.

  32.' elizabeth miller says:

    these would be great for storing fruits in the fridge. I would also love to store pasta in them as we make a lot of pasta salads for lunches.

  33.' Jessica L says:

    I would store all my pre-prepped lunches

  34.' faith h says:

    I would love these to store all the food I make ahead of time to bring to lunch or make-ahead dinners and lunches

  35.' Christina Sparks says:

    I would prep up for taco night, with each filled with lettuce, cheese, taco meat, tomatoes.

  36.' Terry Anderson says:

    I would use it to clean out my junk drawers

  37.' Cathy French says:

    I would store prepped veggies in these storage containers.

  38.' Chelsea Oliver says:

    I would store prepped food, leftovers, etc.

  39.' Janice Wright says:

    These containers would be wonderful for storing leftovers to take to work!

  40.' Dana Rodriguez says:

    I would mainly use these for marinating and leftovers.

  41. These things look awesome

  42.' David Martin says:

    These are perfect for meal prepping for the work week!

  43.' molli taylor says:

    i always make extra batches of my chili!!! would lvoeto store safely

  44.' Sandy Klocinski says:

    I would store leftovers

  45. I would store my husband’s homemade meatballs and spaghetti sauce in these containers!

  46.' Cynthia R says:

    I would store leftover spaghetti sauce. I love how it won’t stain or leak.

  47.' Kelly Nicholson says:

    Let us know something you would store in your Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE set.

    i would say meat loaf off the top of my head,but im not sure what kathy griffin would say…

  48.' Julia Barnes says:

    I would use these to bring leftovers for lunch!

  49.' Richard Hicks says:

    I would use for leftovers that we frequently have

  50.' Marti Tabora says:

    I would store leftovers in them, I love that they are stain resistant.

  51.' Tari Lawson says:

    I would store leftovers in the Rubbermaid brilliance containers.

  52.' Debbi Wellenstein says:

    I will be storing my cut-up fresh vegetables.

  53.' Peggy Rydzewski says:

    All of our dinner leftovers so we can take them for lunch the next day

  54.' heather says:

    I would store chopped veggies for tacos in these containers.

  55.' Seyma Shabbir says:

    I would store meal prep, leftovers, and some fruits and vegetables to keep it fresh longer.

  56.' Julie Lundstrom says:

    I would store leftovers and lunches for work.

  57.' Barbara Montag says:

    I would store leftovers and fresh cut up fruit in these containers.
    thank you

  58.' vickie couturier says:

    id store leftovers for my husband to take to work and fresh veggies from the garden

  59.' Ashley C says:

    I would love to store leftovers each night in them! We pack our lunches and they are always leaking and becoming a problem. This would be awesome!

  60. I would use them to store nuts leftovers.

  61. I would use them for food prep, store salad, fruit, homemade frozen ice cream and many other things. I love how they’re clear.

  62.' Kelly D says:

    I would put salad and fresh fruit in these.

  63. Definitely leftovers!

  64.' Beth Minyard says:

    I would definitely use them to store leftovers to take to work!

  65.' Em Mahr says:

    I’d store fresh fruit and pasta dishes (love that they won’t stain!)

  66.' Tiffany S says:

    I would store leftovers in this set.

  67.' Kyle Shoemaker says:

    My weekly meal prep meals!

  68.' Allan F says:

    I would definitely use it to store fresh cut fruit

  69.' Cindy Peterson says:

    I would use it to store my meal prep for the week.

  70.' Cindy Peterson says:

    I would use the Rubbermaid Brilliance to store my weekly meal preps.

  71.' Debbie F says:

    I would store leftovers in the larger containers but the smaller ones would be for my cats food. 🙂 He was way too fat on store bought food so I started making it and now he’s full of energy and nice and slim. I make a few weeks worth at a time and freeze it so these containers would be perfect!

  72. I would use them for leftovers.

  73.' Jessica W says:

    I would store veggies for my salad prepping.

  74.' Wendy R. says:

    I’d use the containers for leftovers, and fruits and veggies that have been cleaned and cut.

  75. I’d put leftovers from dinner for lunch the next day!

  76.' Carrie Messer says:

    I’d use these containers for meal planning.

  77. I would store bananas in my Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE set!

  78. I would store leftovers and prep foods.

  79.' Holly Thomas says:

    I would use them for leftovers.

  80.' Sandy Cain says:

    All my salad fixings would go in these – romaine, my berries, cheese, everything!

  81. I would store leftovers in them. I have a tendency to cook quite a bit!

  82. dinner leftover love to have this so we don’t throw food out

  83.' Kelly Grant says:

    What little leftovers we have.

  84.' Brittney House says:

    I would like to store my leftovers to take to lunch at work in the containers.

  85.' Rosanne says:

    We eat a lot of Mexican food so taco meat, enchiladas, guacamole

  86.' Rhonda Y says:

    I would store chopped veggies so dinner prep would be done ahead of time.

  87.' Deb Ford says:

    I would use them mostly for leftovers

  88.' Robin Abrams says:

    I would store leftovers and lunches for my son at work.

  89.' DealinDiva says:

    I would store my cut up fruit for snacking.

  90.' Susan Christy says:

    I’ll store my greens and berries, the two things that never last as long as I hope they will.

  91.' Robin M says:

    Pre-cut salad ingredients

  92. I would cut up celery and carrots and store them ! Thanks for the chance to win!

  93.' Sarah L says:

    I make meals on Sunday for most of the week. I’d use these for that.
    Thanks for the contest.

  94.' Mary Cloud says:

    I would use it to store leftovers mostly.

  95.' Anne Higgins says:

    Spill proof and clear are two of the best features. The kids won’t ask where stuff is as they can clearly see what they are looking to locate weather it be food or fun tools like crayons or other activity crafts. Will be great to prepare and go with a great container for any ocassion.

  96.' Susan Smith says:

    I would store leftovers and my precut vegetables.

  97. snacks for my kids

  98. I would store blueberries in them!

  99. I would store my work lunches. It would be great to not worry about them leaking!

  100. I would use it for food prep, romaine and strawberries.

  101.' Carolsue says:

    I would store a variety of fruits in them to be used in my smoothies

  102.' Cheryl B ( arress) says:

    I would store leftovers, fruit and prepped veggies.

  103. I would store salad ingredients.

  104.' latanya says:

    I would store leftover food

  105.' Michele Cupp says:

    I would use these to store my lunches for the week.

  106.' rich bar says:

    i’d store noodle kugel!

  107.' sarah k says:

    I would store cut up fruit, vegetables and leftovers.

  108.' Valerie Mabrey says:

    I would keep my smoothie fruits in them to keep them fresh.

  109.' Michele says:

    Leftovers and since I do a lot of prep work for the day after all the cut up veggies….this is a great set with lids that actually seal….

  110.' Tracie Cooper says:

    I would use it to store stuff for burritos!

  111.' John Smith says:

    “Let us know something you would store in your Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE set.” How about gravy!!

  112.' Shelley says:

    I would store leftovers in the containers.

  113.' Laurie Nykaza says:

    I would store my sons gluten free foods in them so they dont get contaminated from other items in the fridge

  114. The major things stored in these would most likely be leftovers from meals.

  115. Rubbermaid for me has been and always will be the BEST for my storage!!!

  116.' Shakeia Rieux says:

    I would store lasagna and other leftovers, fruits and veggies

  117.' Margaret S Porter says:

    I would store my leftovers and take the, to work the next day to save money

  118.' Amanda Lea says:

    I would meal prep!! I pack lunches!!

  119.' Shane A says:

    I would store all my homemade turkey burger patties and fixings for easy BBQ evenings this summer.

  120.' Tammy Shelton says:

    I would store fruits for my Grands to have snacks this summer.

  121.' Meredith Miller says:

    I’d store my leftovers for their short-lived existence (they never last long here!)

  122.' LETICIA DENMARK says:

    I would store all the weekly lunches I prepare for my husband.

  123.' Jill Rivera says:

    I prep dinner because my family is on different schedules, so I would do this for this containers.

  124.' susan smoaks says:

    i would use these for my leftovers that i take to lunch the next day.

  125.' Donna Fulton says:

    I like to cook for the week then store each meal in them

  126.' Erica B. says:

    This would be great for lunch meal prep.

  127.' Kathleen Whitney says:

    Leftovers from my crock pot!

  128.' Kimberly Snyder says:

    I’d store peeled, prepped fruit and veggies for cooking and snacking

  129.' Renee Griffin says:

    Of Course I would store leftovers.

  130. I would store prep foods, veggies, fruits, leftovers, soups and so much more! One can never have enough “good” storage containers.

  131.' Kim Naumann says:

    I would use them to store fresh fruit.

  132. Delicious leftovers of course.

  133.' Audrey Jarrett says:

    I would put leftover in them for my hubby to take to work with him

  134.' golden storm says:

    i would store any of my leftovers and also if i make heavy whipping cream it would be a good thing to store it in

  135.' Mare Wag says:

    Rubbermaid makes great products!

  136.' Samantha says:

    I would store my dinner leftovers in these!

  137.' Jamie L. says:

    I would store leftovers in these!

  138. I would store my leftovers in these containers.

  139.' Keeley Sullivan says:

    My leftovers of course so I don’t have to cook every night.

  140.' Penny Snyder says:

    I would store prepped foods such as, onions, peppers, celery in them!!~

  141. I would store leftovers, and my lunch

  142.' Shannon Baas says:

    My lunch for work.

  143.' Christina C moore says:

    I would store fruit and vegetables

  144.' Dolores Q. says:

    I would store leftovers and fresh chopped vegetables.

  145.' Alison King says:

    These would be great for taking leftovers to work for me and my husband.

  146.' Stephanie Liske says:

    I would store our left overs in them.

  147.' Kim Keithline says:

    I would store my chopped ahead veggies, onions and tomatoes

  148.' Lisa V. says:

    I would store fruit.

  149.' BRIAN E. says:

    We would store our weekly shopping from the local farmer’s market i.e. mostly veggies !

  150.' aaron reck says:

    I love a good meat loaf and think I would store them in this rubbermaid brilliance set. thanks so much I really like them.

  151.' Alisa Sever says:

    These are great for leftovers and lunches!

  152.' Jennifer Reed says:

    i would store washed and prepped vegetables in the Rubbermaid containers.

  153. Since I currently work afternoons and evenings, I make dinner for my family in the afternoon, and I eat the leftovers the next day when I’m at work. So I’d store my nightly dinners in them.

  154. I would store cut up veggies and cooked grains for salads throughout the week.

  155.' annette campbell says:

    I would put lasagna in this dish! It would work out perfect!

  156. Right now I’m storing peanut butter in mine. It’s hard in the big jars to get the bit on the bottom. These are air tight so the perfect container for this. Love these! They are awesome!

  157. I would store my melons and left overs in these

  158.' jules m. says:

    i would store salads, fruit mixes, and leftovers. We use containers all the time!

  159.' Candice Baugher says:

    I would pre-pack lunches for work! I’ve just started trying to take lunches to work and tupperware always seems ot be in short supply!

  160.' erica hall says:

    I would be inspired to get back on track with OAM cooking if I had pretty new containers.

  161. I use them to store everything and anything. They are so useful for a number of things in the kitchen

  162. These look and sound like great containers. I would definitely store rice, chicken breast, fruit medley and salad!

  163.' Breanne says:

    I would store leftovers.

  164. I would store rice and veggies.

  165.' janine h says:

    I’d store mostly leftovers in these!

  166.' Trisha McKee says:

    I would store the chopped up veggies for my pasta salad!

  167. I would store any leftover in them.

  168.' elicia p says:

    I would put my fruit (berries mainly) and leftovers in them.

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