Top 20 leftover ideas from the community


Category:

Tips and Tricks

Date:

Thursday, July 20, 2017 4:21 PM

woman eating soup

 

Some of the best ideas we’ve come across to reduce food waste haven’t come from cooks and chefs – they’ve come from you!

When we asked you what tricks and tips you used to get the most from your food and use up leftovers we were overwhelmed by the response – and we learnt a few new things as well!

So we wanted to share your wisdom with the world.

Here are the Top 20 tips from the Love Food Hate Waste community to use up leftovers and cut down food waste!

 

1.  Chop up leftover tomato salad or sliced tomatoes and freeze in a container to add to pasta sauce. The fresh tomatoes give it that extra sweet taste. – Franca L

2.  Never waste an avocado again. Lightly mash leftover avocado with a squeeze of lemon and freeze. It defrosts perfectly and tastes delicious! – Michelle F

3.  Mash leftover steamed veggies and add to bolognaise sauce for spaghetti or shepherd’s pie with extra hidden veggies. – Rebekah J

spaghetti bolognese

Chop or mash leftover cooked vegies and add to pasta sauce.

4.  I turn leftover corned beef into smokey beef and baked beans. Shred up the meat, add a can of white beans, can of diced tomatoes, pinch of smoked paprika, onion, garlic and serve it with crusty bread. – Cassy K

5.  Shred leftover roast meat and veg and mix it all up with cooked quinoa, pureed cauliflower and leftover gravy. Into little baking dishes topped with breadcrumbs made from stale bread & a sprinkling of cheese. Best gratins ever! – Nadine H

6.  Turn leftover Aussie barbecue chicken into: Indian biryani using the breast, silky smooth French crepes using the thigh with parsley, cream and mushrooms and the carcass can make a healthy English chicken and vegetable soup. – Jill A

7.  Pestos aren't all about basil - you can make great green pesto pastes using the green tops of vegetables like fennel, or carrot.  Super yummy in salads, soups and on homemade pizza!  - Helen K

8.  I turn my leftovers into a MasterChef mystery box challenge! The rules are simple you can only use your leftovers and some basic pantry staples to create a new meal. It’s so much fun to see what you can create! – Kathryn R

food on a chopping board

Make it a challenge to get creative with odds and ends. 

9.  My brother and I often have a leftovers cook-off to see who can make the best dish. Pasta or Asian style noodles often have the best results. – Marika H

10.  Freeze steamed veggies in a large container to be made into bubble ‘n squeak and freeze leftover citrus in ice-cubes for fancy cold water – Jessica C

11.  Leftover roasted pumpkin is a beautiful thing because it can go in almost everything. Veggie lasagna, pumpkin muffins, warm pumpkin scones or pumpkin pie! – Dave B

12.  Turn leftover roast chicken into risotto, using the chicken carcass to make the stock and including any meat and leftover roast pumpkin or sweet potato, plus some fresh spinach and grated parmesan to finish off. – Lucy R

13.  After a roast chicken dinner, make curry with leftovers and chicken noodle soup with the bones. – Corinna H

Roast chicken

Everyone loves a roast chook - especially when you can get a second meal from it!

14.  Roast chicken and eggplant always gets turned into Malaysian Curry Laksa the next day. All you need is laksa paste, coconut milk, stock and then add the cooked chicken, eggplant, some tofu and noodles. – Gabriela T

15.  Make a batch of Spiced Pumpkin Popsicles. I use milk that I've evaporated then frozen when it got close to its Use By date, and leftover roast pumpkin that was mashed and frozen too. – Tessa H

16.  Leftover carrot cake becomes an amazing trifle with homemade custard, orange-flavoured jelly and whipped cream with shaved dark chocolate. – Melissa M

17.  Make leftover curries and lentils into pilaf or make a dough and cook parathas. If the leftover is a dry curry then I fill them in puff pastries or grilled sandwiches. – Ruchika M

18.  Roasted vegetables and meats are combined and used as the filling of delicious deep fried empanadas! – Francisco C

19.
  At the moment whenever we have leftovers, I package them up for my friend who's just had her first baby. – Fiona D

20.  After Taco Tuesday, round two for any leftover soft tortillas can be quesadillas, pizza base, baked corn chips, deep fried in strips sprinkled with salt or icing sugar for savoury or sweet croutons, pan-fried cannoli, wraps or baked cannelloni. – Yasmin N

 

Got an even better idea for your leftovers?

Let us know on the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/LoveFoodHateWasteVictoria/ 

 
 

notepad

Keep a notepad in the kitchen to jot down items as you run out.

2. Put a pen and pad in your kitchen to write down items you run out of as you go.

Why? No more accidentally doubling up on items at the supermarket and you’ve already started your shopping list!

notepad

Keep a notepad in the kitchen to jot down items as you run out.

2. Put a pen and pad in your kitchen to write down items you run out of as you go.

Why? No more accidentally doubling up on items at the supermarket and you’ve already started your shopping list!

notepad

Keep a notepad in the kitchen to jot down items as you run out.

2. Put a pen and pad in your kitchen to write down items you run out of as you go.

Why? No more accidentally doubling up on items at the supermarket and you’ve already started your shopping list!

notepad

Keep a notepad in the kitchen to jot down items as you run out.

2. Put a pen and pad in your kitchen to write down items you run out of as you go.

Why? No more accidentally doubling up on items at the supermarket and you’ve already started your shopping list!

notepad

Keep a notepad in the kitchen to jot down items as you run out.

2. Put a pen and pad in your kitchen to write down items you run out of as you go.

Why? No more accidentally doubling up on items at the supermarket and you’ve already started your shopping lis

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Each year Victorian households throw out 35,000 tonnes of dairy and eggs.