It seems like eating up all or even most of our leftovers is such a battle for me. I know that’s truly a 1st world problem if I ever saw one! I’m grateful I’ve never lacked the food and nutrition my body needs! Anyways…back to leftovers, when I do successfully come up with ways to use those about-to-be-too-bad-to-eat-foods, it really excites me!

  • We cooked our turkey late, and have been chowing down on turkey sandwiches and tomorrow some of the turkey will become turkey quesadillas. I also made some broth with the turkey bones and some veggie scraps.
  • Some wrinkling bell peppers didn’t look appetizing to eat raw, but tasted fine as stuffed bell peppers and in pizza sauce.

Wrinkling bell peppers can still be used for stuffed peppers!

  • We had defrosted some black beans to use for chili, but didn’t use themĀ  all, so I threw them into burritos (which reminds me I still have some kidney beans I need to hurry and use up).
  • Some wilting spinach tasted just fine steamed, drained well and then baked in a quiche.
  • I made some banana bread to use up out-dated yogurt, some buttermilk and browning bananas.

Banana bread can help you use up bananas, yogurt and even buttermilk!

  • I also made some buttermilk ranch dressing at the suggestion of a facebook follower.
  • Cameron used our blender to turn pretzels into crumbs and I then used them to coat chicken for chicken fingers.
  • And lastly I used a little bit of leftover chocolate milk in some coffee to make a mocha! :P

Have you used up some leftovers in a creative way?

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I didn’t waste any food this week!!! Well I did throw out a few tortilla chips that Gracia never finished, but that was a really small amount. How did I go a week with almost no food waste?

  1. Last week I went through the fridge and tossed a lot of things, so I was able to start with a clean slate this week.
  2. We ate lots of leftovers for suppers and lunches.
  3. I made banana bread. This helped me use up yogurt and milk that were both past their expiration date. The recipe didn’t actually call for milk, but I didn’t have quite enough yogurt so I added the milk too. I used frozen bananas for the bread. Whenever bananas start getting old I freeze them, so I had a lot of frozen bananas and it was nice to finally use some of them. I also threw a handful of pecans in the breadĀ  that have been sitting in my pantry since Thanksgiving.

I’m hoping that I do this good next week, but I’ll have to use up some cooked pasta, bean soup, bacon pinto beans and cabbage or else I’ll be reporting them as waste next Friday.

Since we’re on the topic of waste, if you didn’t see it yesterday, check out my post on wasting less make-up (and read the comments too, some people added some really good tips!).

This post is inspired by and shared at The Frugal Girl for Food Waste Friday.

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