Check out this great resource from Feeding America. Not only do they give you some great recipe ideas, their goal is to reduce food waste from your kitchen!

  • Pizza: You can turn just about any food into a pizza.
  • Stir fry: Stir fry is the ultimate customizable recipe so it’s perfect for random leftovers.
  • Soup and Stews: What do you do when your vegetables are starting to get a little soft? Make a soup!
  • Bowl Meals: All you need for a bowl meal is a base (cooked grain, mashed potato, or salad mix), some vegetables, a protein (beans, tofu, or a meat), and a sauce to bring it all together.
  • Quesadillas: I always say, everything tastes better toasted in a tortilla with melted cheese.
  • Pasta Salads: Pasta salads are similar to bowl meals in a way, except that pasta is always the “base” and you always stir them up until everything is combined.

April 10, 2019
by Beth Moncel, Budget Bytes

One of the biggest ways to reduce food waste is to utilize our leftovers. But I’m not just talking about the leftover casserole from last night’s dinner, but also the leftover ingredients that never made it into the casserole. You know, those last few carrots, the half jar of pesto in the back of your fridge, or the little bit of BBQ sauce left in the bottle. Those random leftover ingredients in your refrigerator tend to get forgotten, but they can come together to create some surprisingly delicious dishes, and reduce food waste at the same time. If you need some inspiration to get those creative wheels spinning, here are a few of my favorite “sweep the kitchen” meals to make use of leftover ingredients.

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