“Did your Grandma teach you how to make soup with your leftover produce?”
Welcome to Week Three of the Just Eat It, Caledon! Food Waste Challenge. Whether your goal is to reduce your impact on the environment or your wallet – it makes sense for us to get smarter about using the food that we purchase, including using up our LEFTOVERS.
Here are 5 TIPS to help you with LEFTOVERS:
Better Storage Glass storage containers are not only reusable and sustainable but they are great for storing leftovers – it’s much easier to track what’s in the fridge when you can see what you are storing – Bryn Mooth (10 Creative Ways to Use Leftovers)
Don’t forget about your freezer! If your family isn’t interested in eating the same meal two days in a row – freeze leftovers in portion sizes that you can defrost another day. A little tape and a marker can help you keep track of what you stored and when you stored it.
Want to learn how to keep different foods fresh? Visit Love Food Hate Waste Canada to learn more about optimum storage.
Turn Dinner into Lunch Tired of taking sandwiches for lunch or spending money each week eating out? You can save money and time by stashing leftovers in lunch-able portions to enjoy the following day. Have a small portion of protein and roasted veggies? Add them to a salad for a healthier lunch option – Bryn Mooth (10 Creative Ways to Use Leftovers)
Dedicate a “Leftovers” Night Want to avoid the weekly dump of leftovers into the green bin? Make sure to dedicate a night to eat up all the yummy leftovers you’ve accumulated over the week – Bryn Mooth (10 Creative Ways to Use Leftovers)
Think Ingredients NOT Leftovers Instead of tossing leftovers into the green bin, try creating something new!
Turn extra pasta or cooked vegetables into a frittata. Blend cooked vegetables with a can of whole tomatoes and create a veggie-packed sauce for pasta. Create burritos with leftover cooked rice, protein and vegetables, and top them with sour cream and salsa – Bryn Mooth (10 Creative Ways to Use Leftovers)
Visit Love Food Hate Waste Canada for some great ideas and recipes for using up extra ingredients and leftovers.
Stash Veggie Scraps Instead of tossing veggie scraps and wilted or bruised veggies into the green bin, turn them into stock. Keep a ziploc bag in the freezer and add vegetable scraps like peels, tops and stems, as well as, any produce that is past its prime, cheese rinds and bones. When the bag is full, defrost the contents and simmer with water and seasonings. Homemade veggie stock can be added to soups, gravy, and stews – Bryn Mooth (10 Creative Ways to Use Leftovers)
Week Three – Challenge Activity:
It’s time to get creative with your leftovers! This week we are challenging you to think outside the lunch box, think INGREDIENTS not LEFTOVERS!
Try using one or a number of the tips mentioned above – pack leftovers for lunch or freeze them to enjoy another night. Take leftover roasted veggies and create a pasta dish or frittata. The possibilities are endless. Chef Bob Bumer (through LFHW Canada) offers some great tips on how to use leftovers or ingredients that you’ve probably never even considered to be ingredients – have you ever used the leftover oil from a jar of sundried tomatoes? Several of his inspiring videos are listed in the resources for this week.
Food for Thought! We’d love to see or hear what you’ve done. Please share pictures of your creations so that others can get inspired as well. In addition, feel free to share tips that help you reduce food waste or ones that have been passed down to you. We’ll be doing the same.
Need a little inspiration? Have Netflix? Check out “Best Leftovers Ever”! A reality game show where skilled cooks are challenged to make new dishes out of already made dishes.