Have you seen the video about the young woman, Lauren Singer, who is living a life without generating trash? If you haven’t you can check it out here. I don’t feel like that level of low waste is an ability for me both being a […]
Month: April 2015
Happy Earth Day! I’m so excited to announce The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle Sale and my first-ever giveaway on The Creative Recycler! Dear Mama, Are the inmates running the asylum? I hear you. Sometimes I look around my house and wonder how things got so […]
I love recipes that begin as leftovers. The average person wastes 244 pounds of food each year—roughly the same weight as a refrigerator! Let that sink in… 244! As a person who hates to waste, I use most of my leftovers in new recipes.
For the week of Earth Day Green is Universal is sponsoring a #NoFoodWasted campaign to educate people how they can reduce food waste in their own homes.
This is an issue near and dear to my heart. Below is a blog post originally published September 23, 2013.
Last week one of my Facebook followers posted this:
Sarah M. – Oh I need ideas for leftovers. Sometimes Blake & I are stuck with fridge full of food but tired of [eating] it the same way we fixed it.
Ok Sarah, here is one of my leftover favorites! I hope you and your family enjoy it.
Leftover salad is great for lunch or a light dinner late in the day. It’s a simple recipe:
your favorite fruits and/or veggies
The possibilities for Leftover Salad are endless. Today at work I enjoyed a Steak Taco Leftover Salad made with leftover steak, leftover bean dip, tortilla chips and salad greens. Look how yummy it is! Don’t you want a taste?
Some of my other favorite Leftover Salads are:
Chinese – salad greens, stir fry w/ stir fry sauce, crispy noodles
Hamburger – crumbled up hamburger, salad greens, diced tomatoes, canned corn or fresh cooked corn (we eat corn with our burgers), potato chips, and thousand island dressing
Baked Chicken Dinner – shredded chicken, diced baked potatoes, salad greens, cold cooked veggies (Any of the following: peas, corn, green beans, asparagus), ranch dressing
The best ingredient in Leftover Salad is creativity. Just open your cabinets and your refrigerator and enjoy.
Now it’s your turn! If you have a great idea for a Leftover Salad or you have a leftover you’re struggling to reinvent simply leave a comment and I just might feature it in an upcoming post!
Make sure you share #NoFoodWasted this week with your own ideas to reduce food waste.
Here’s a list of more ideas to reduce food waste:
- Freeze food that is almost expired in order to preserve it.
- Minimize food waste by eating leftovers. You could save up to $175 per month!
- Compost your food waste. Many cities and towns have community drop off points or municipal pickups.
- Cooked too much food? Share extras with friends, family or co-workers. They’ll thank you and your food won’t go to waste.
- Eat before you shop. Food shopping on a full stomach can help you avoid impulse purchases, which often wind up as food waste.
- Create a menu for the week and purchase only what it requires.
- Can’t finish your meal? Save it for later! You could save up to $175 per month!
- Did you know? Some 14 percent of all the trash produced in America consists of food scraps! Why not try composting?
- Keep cilantro and parsley stems, onion peels, celery leaves, mushroom stems and other veggie scraps in a bag in your freezer. When you have enough, simmer them into a stock for soup.
- Use stale bread for French toast, bread pudding, croutons, fondue, meatballs or French onion soup.
- Combine small mixed scraps of cheese to make fondue, macaroni and cheese, salad or sliced fruit toppers.