Use your leftovers to make a meal your whole family will enjoy!
The effects of food waste are far-reaching. The consequences extend beyond the individual or family and impact the environment and society as a whole. In the U.S., for example, about 40% of fruits and vegetables are wasted, leading to a massive waste of water, land, energy, labor, and capital. Despite this, the United States is not alone when it comes to wasting food. Food waste is an alarming global problem. An average person wastes between one and two pounds of food per week. So, what can we do about endemic food waste?
One way we can help the environment is to repurpose leftovers into meals. Make the environment more sustainable by reusing leftovers from restaurants, parties, and lunches and dinners. Meals can be remade from leftovers in many different ways. For example, you can transform leftovers into a whole new dish, store them in the fridge for satisfying late-night cravings, or freeze them for future use. Soups, stews, or even stuffing in toasted sandwiches are common ways to use leftovers. Likewise, another effective way of repurposing leftovers is by adding an ingredient or two and creating entirely unique and new dishes out of them.
For instance, you can add wine to enhance the flavor of the dish. While wine adds flavor to dishes, it also enhances the flavor of other ingredients. Because of this reason, most people living in Tennessee have made wine part and parcel of their cooking. After all, this area is world-renowned for its wineries. One particularly famous one is the Gatlinburg winery, particularly famous for its delectable homemade wines.
With that being said, let’s take a look now at some creative and handy ways in which you can use leftovers to create tasty treats for your loved ones.
Inventive ways of using the leftovers include incorporating them into vegetable soups or casseroles. With leftover bread, you can even make grilled cheese sandwiches. In addition, leftovers make great crackers and can be mixed in with omelets.
Similarly, food ordered at a restaurant is supposed to be consumed right away; however, if you can’t finish your meal down to the last crumb, don’t stress. While it won’t have the same aroma as before, a generous amount of wine can salvage it. When a meal is simmered in wine, it absorbs new and refined flavors.
Here are some dishes that you easily create from leftover meals:
Pasta is indeed one of those few dishes that you can beautifully recreate out of any leftover food.
Curried Noodle Patties
We’re sharing this recipe for a slightly spicy snack from one of our favorite veg bloggers. These little patties look like normal burgers, so no one will guess they are made from soggy spaghetti. They are also loaded with low-calorie protein from tofu. Simply use any leftover curries or spaghetti you have to make these delish patties. Simply fill the patties with leftover noodles and curry sauce and enjoy these delicacies.
Pasta di spaghetti
Got leftover pizza slices and pasta from last night’s party? No worries, you can incorporate them creatively to make one killer meal. So, is that pizza or pasta? Or both? It doesn’t matter whether the pasta is plain or drenched in delicious sauce. This pie totally transforms regular old pasta into something amazing.
With eggs, milk, and cheese added into the mix, this pie packs on more protein than your after-gym protein meals, and it’s more delicious too. So, how do you make one? Simply create a filling from the leftovers, stuff into the pie and, voila! Enjoy.
French Onion Soup
The best recipe to create with any leftover bread, bagel or baguette is indeed French Onion Soup. Goodbye, wasted bread! To make this recipe, you’ll need stale bread, so grab a baguette or some other crusty bread.
Two pieces of bread are put in each bowl, one on top of the other. The cheesy calcium and the onions, chockful with flavonoids, make this dish quite nutritious. So, the next time you’re left with extra loaves too many, you know what to do.
Another way you can reincorporate extra bread in a way that will make use of the wasted loaves as well as provide deliciously healthy snack is by making croutons, which are bread cut into small cubes and then glazed with oil or better and finished off with a seasoning of herbs and spices.
If you cannot finish off an entire loaf of bread before it gets stale, you should freeze it. Later, when you feel hungry, you can crumble the frozen bread into a container with the help of cheese grater or a food processor, and then slide it into the oven. Season according to taste.
You can also bake or pan-fry the breadcrumbs, use them in homemade fish sticks, homemade chicken nuggets, or meatloaf, the possibilities are endless.
There are dozens of dishes that you can easily create from leftovers, and in the article above we mentioned a few of the tastiest choices. So, the next time you have leftovers on your hands, save them for your next meal instead of throwing them away.