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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.
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Just like pie is a big part of our family’s Thanksgiving celebration, cake is a big part of our family’s Christmas celebration. When my son was diagnosed with a wheat allergy a couple of years ago it made me rethink our Christmas cake. We tried a variety of gluten free varieties but my mother and the Mysterious are the only two gluten free folks in my house and the cake never gets finished. I decided this year I would make a different kind of cake.
My kids are HUGE fans of anything Jello. I make a batch around once a week. So I knew this Christmas Jello Cake would be a big hit.
Here’s how to make your own yummy Christmas Jello Cake:
- 2 boxes lime flavored gelatin
- 1 box raspberry flavored gelatin
- 3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
- a large mixing bowl
- whipped cream
- 1. Make a box of lime gelatin according to package instructions, adding in a package of unflavored gelatin.
- 2. Pour in the large glass mixing bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and leave in the refrigerator until gelatin sets (approx. 2 hours).
- 3. Once the lime gelatin is set, make the box of raspberry gelatin according to package instructions, adding in a package of unflavored gelatin.
- 4. Pour in the mixing bowl on top of the lime gelatin, recover bowl, and leave in the refrigerator until gelatin sets (approx. 2 hours).
- 5. Once the raspberry gelatin is set, make the last box of lime gelatin according to package instructions, adding in a package of unflavored gelatin.
- 6. Pour in the mixing bowl on top of the raspberry gelatin, recover bowl, and leave in the refrigerator until gelatin sets (approx. 2 hours).
- 7. When you’re ready to serve the Jello cake, gently run a spatula along the inside of the bowl to loosen Jello from bowl.
- 8. Place a plate over the bowl and flip bowl upside down. Your Jello should maintain it’s shape.
- 9. Cut slices of your cake and serve with whipped cream. Enjoy!
- You can tailor this recipe to include any flavor combination you like.
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Now that kids are off of school, the temperature’s hotter, the days are longer, and the pools are open, it’s time for cool summertime treats.
One of my favorite summer treats remains the slushee. But you don’t have to head out to the store or pull out the blender to enjoy one at home.
All you need is your favorite soda (or pop) and a freezer.
How to do it:
- Pour about 12 ounces of your favorite soda (pop) in a cup.
- Leave in the freezer for about 2 hours.
- Stir and enjoy.
What are some of your favorite summertime treats?
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