Month: April 2015

Unsolicited Review: Coco Stainless Steel Drinking Straws

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 […]

Earth Day Giveaway & Ultimate Bundle Announcement

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 […]

Leftover Salad

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… 244As 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

Leftover salad is great for lunch or a light dinner late in the day.  It’s a simple recipe:

  • salad greens
  • your favorite fruits and/or veggies
  • leftovers
  • dressing (optional)

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?

 Leftover Salad

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.


25 Savory Asparagus Recipes

  I’m sure you’ve noticed an abundance of Asparagus in grocery stores this week. Asparagus is one of the first Springtime veggies to come out of the ground. They are fresh, in season, and you can find them easily from local markets and growers. That […]

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