Think Eat Save

Think Eat Save

Apart from the fact that the title of this year’s World Environment Day looks suspiciously close to the famous book Eat, pray, love, it was recently reported that:

“Twenty-two per cent of food purchased weekly by residents of Malta ends up in the solid waste stream, according to National Statistics Office figures released this week.”

So to do our part in the international campaign Think Eat Save and to help readers do theirs, we’ve rounded up the top 5 ways to cut down on the amount of food that ends up in the trashcan.

[info]5. Leftover Pasta[/info]

Spaghetti for breakfast? Impossible! For this meal (which works for lunch or dinner, too), you can use plain pasta just as easily as pasta smothered with sauce. Pump up the meal’s protein value with eggs, milk, and some veggies for good measure. Fry in a pan and voila!

[info]4. Leftover Chicken and Steak[/info]

Try a family-friendly chicken salad. No cooking required. Chicken quesadillas are another good way to use chicken and any leftover cheese you might have as well. Chicken pot pie is also great for leftovers.

Were your eyes bigger than your stomach when you grilled all that steak at last night bbq? Never fear. We also have some great ideas for you.

Steak is excellent for a stir-fry. Beef stew is a comforting dish. You can also use leftover steak for a hearty beef stroganoff.

[info]3. Leftover Vegetables[/info]

Perhaps your vegetable tray from last night’s party went uneaten. Here are some ways to use up extra vegetables:

Quiche is a very simple dish to make and lends itself well to just about any vegetable. Just fill up an empty pie shell with a mixture of beaten eggs and milk, shredded cheese and chopped up veggies. Season to taste and bake until golden brown on top.

Veggies are also good stir-fried or roasted. You can eat them in a sandwich, as is, or with rice. And don’t forget you can always freeze leftover veggies to save for a soup to make later.

[info]2. Leftover Fruit[/info]

The good thing about leftover fruit is that even if it’s a little too mushy to eat plain, you can still use it in certain recipes.

Overripe bananas make the best banana bread. Put all your overripe fruit together to make healthy, delicious fruit smoothies. Make a fruit pie — or a fruit crumble or cobbler. If you have an ice cream maker, add the fruit to a batch of vanilla for some sweetness.

P.s. Did You Know? Keep bananas away from your other fruit. They cause other fruits to ripen more quickly.

[info]1. Leftover Bread[/info]

Once called “poor man’s pudding,” bread pudding was invented for the purpose of using up stale, leftover bread. However, the dessert treat is actually quite rich and delicious.

You can also dice up your stale bread, coat it with olive oil and place it in the oven to make homemade croutons. Or, tear up the bread and throw it in your food processor to make bread crumbs.

 Let us know in the comments below of any other practical ways on how to use up leftovers!

See also: Another 65 Healthy meals you can do from leftovers.
Men In Malta - Adapted from Link