The average American family tosses away $1600 worth of groceries a year. Wasted food not only wastes money and precious food, it wastes our natural resources. Here are some helpful tips to help you and your family curb the waste:
- Casseroles, frittatas, soups, and smoothies are great ways to use leftovers and odds and ends.
- Make a list each week of what needs to be used up and plan upcoming meals around it.
- Are you likely to have leftovers from any of your meals? Plan an “eat the leftovers” night each week.
- Share food you won’t get around to eating with friends or neighbors before heading out of town.
IDEAs to Reinvent Your Leftovers
- SuperCook online database. Enter ingredients you have on-hand and find recipes to match.
- In Praise of Leftovers (food blog)
- Leftover Queen (food blog)
- Food Hero program’s leftover guide for grains, vegetables/fruit and protein
- Top Ten Turkey Leftovers
- Five Recipes for Salmon Leftovers
- EatingWell’s 20 Recipes for Leftovers
- Whole Living’s 14 Recipes for Leftovers
- AllRecipe’s Everyday Leftovers
- No Cook Pasta Sauces
- Leftover Deli-Roasted Chicken Soup
- Five Ways with Leftover Ham
- Freezer tips
- One Chicken, Four Meals
- Public Health Seattle & King County tips and recipes for cooking once, eating twice
- Health Magazine’s Cook Once, Eat Twice Meals
- Real Simple Magazine’s 6 Make Once, Eat Twice Meals
- theKitchn’s 15 Dinner Recipes to Double and Freeze
- Food Hero’s Ideas for Soups, Stews and Chilis
Source: Iowa City, Iowa & King County Washington Food Too Good To Waste Program
For more on the City of Ventura’s Food Waste Prevention Challenge, visit: cityofventura.net/foodwaste