Everyone should eat their leftovers because 46% of the food in processing, consumption, and distribution becomes food waste. Although this problem is systematic and not something that individuals can do much to fix, it’s always smart environmentally and financially to eat all of the food that you buy but expiration dates creep up on us all. So here’s a list of ways to get rid of nearly expired leftovers.
Trying to get rid of deli meat or veggies?
Make some quiche. Get some pastry dough and line muffin tins with it (or simply line the tin with some leftover cheese, for a lower carb option). Once the pastry dough is ready, fill the cups with raw scrambled eggs and chopped up pieces of whatever deli meat or veggies you want to get rid of. Pop them in the oven for 40 minutes at 325º F or until the egg is fully cooked.
Trying to get rid of side dishes or nearly expired bread?
Make a sandwich. There are really no rules of what a sandwich can or cannot have. If egg salad and ice cream are both appropriate ingredients on a sandwich (although ideally, no one would eat both in one sandwich) then no one can tell you that you cant use certain leftovers as sandwich ingredients. Put your fried rice in the sandwich! Who is stopping you? Dream big.
Have a little extra time to make a great meal but would rather run through some leftovers?
Make ravioli. All you need is a couple of ingredients you probably already have laying around like eggs and flour. There are countless easy recipes for ravioli all over the internet. Just find one you like and stick to it! Make sure whatever you put inside the ravioli is properly cooked. Before you know it your stomach will be full and your fridge will be a little more empty.
Want a low effort pasta dish?
Make lasagna. This is one of my most controversial food takes: I don’t believe that there is anything sacred about lasagna. My grandma taught me my family’s lasagna recipe once and it took hours in a hot kitchen the first time I tried to make my own. I don’t understand the amount of effort people put into them. In my freshman year of college, I would routinely buy mozzarella, vegan ground “beef”, and whatever pasta sauce was on sale at Target. When I got home, I’d make a lasagna that I could eat for a week. Like I said with sandwiches, no one can tell you that you can’t use certain leftovers as lasagna ingredients. Do whatever you want. Just get rid of your leftovers!