September 02, 2014
Never Waste Food Again! 10 Tips to Use Your Leftovers
As a child, my parents often reminded me that there were starving children in the world, so I was told to either finish my food or don't take so much. Perhaps that’s why I try to use everything I can while cooking. If your goal is to avoid food waste, you can find a great use for pretty much anything. It just takes a bit of creativity, but it’s so worth it when it’s tasty, healthy and saves you money! Want to know some of my tips and tricks? Here you go!
- Overripe bananas? Break into chunks and freeze in a ziplock for smoothies. Also, great for banana bread.
- Extra onions? Chop them up and use for a rice pilaf, stir fry or even in your scrambled eggs.
- Extra brown rice? I often purposely make too much, JUST so I have leftover to make rice pudding (recipe here!). Also great to toss in tomato soup (or any soup!) and make brown rice pilaf.
- Extra tomato soup? Have a little extra tomato soup but not enough for a meal? Sauté some onion (that’s possibly leftover too!), add the tomato soup to your extra brown rice and you have Spanish Rice! Ole!
- Overripe fruit? Cut out the not so pretty parts and chop up the rest. Then cook it down as a compote or fruit topping for waffles, pancakes, oatmeal, hot cereal or over ice cream!
- Extra avocado? Even a small piece of avocado acts as a great thickener for smoothies and desserts. Make guacamole or add to canned tuna or salmon instead of mayo.
- Extra mint? Add this to your fruit salad, hot or iced tea (I LOVE fresh mint hot tea!), watermelon cooler, or freeze in ice cubes for use later.
- Extra fruit or veggies? Make a soup, smoothie or juice.
- Leftover potatoes? Depending how they are prepared, you could mash them, use them in shepherd's pie (recipe here!), make a hash brown or toss in your eggs, make gnocchi (recipe here!) or make baked fries!
- Leftover bread (gluten free or regular)? Make French toast (challah is best!), bread crumbs, bread pudding or croutons!