I'm afraid I am very guilty of this food waste sin. There's always something slimy and scary at the bottom of my fridge. I'm better since I started menu planning but I still do waste food. I'm also very lazy and loathe fridge cleaning, so often I'll have something bad in the fridge and I'll know it but I won't do anything about it! My sister NutriNic once saw a punnet of mouldy strawberries in my fridge and told me I'd better remove it. "I will" I said "in good time, I'm too lazy to do it now." But here's something I didn't know. Those mouldy strawberries were spreading their mouldy spores to my other fruit and veg and making everything else in the fridge go bad more quickly. Am I dim or what?!
Well I want to change.
We had friends staying with us for a week recently and one night I came home and my friend had taken some veggies from the fridge and lined them up on the bench and said "We need to make something with these ingredients today!" Now that is how you do it. I need to take a lesson. I need to use up the things in my fridge before they go bad and before I go get more. I need to get a bit creative.
So I've had a think about some recipes that I do that can use up those last veggies. Recipes that don't require special ingredients just any leftover veg and the usual pantry stuff. I'm going to try and have one of these on my menu plan at the end of each week. I'm going to get better at using stuff up. If you've got any recipes you use to use up your leftovers or tips on using it up, I'd love to read about them.
Using Up the Last Veggies - Meal Ideas
|Eggy Veggie Pie|
One of my Little Monkeys' favourite meals. Simply make a pancake batter, grate up your veggies and mix it through. For firm vegetables like potato I'll cook them up a bit first before mixing them through. Fry the pancakes slowly in a little oil.
Minestrone's my current favourite although the little monkeys prefer blended soups so you can't see the veggies. I like to add 1/2 cup of lentils or beans of some sort to my soups to make them more nutritious and filling. Monkey Man reckons soup isn't a real meal and he requires lots of bread with his to feel satisfied.
3. Eggy Veggie Pie
Chop up all your veggies into bite size pieces. Mix about 6 eggs with a splash of cream or milk and a tbs of flour. Pour into a greased pie dish. Top with cheese and bake until firm.
4. Polenta Pie
Cook some polenta. Chop up the veggies and stir it through the cooked polenta. Spread it into a greased pie dish and bake in the oven. This is also good with cheese.
5. Fried Rice
This is Monkey Man's favourite meal and one of the few things I trust him to cook! (I'm afraid I rarely relinquish control in the kitchen). Since I got a rice cooker, fried rice is an easy, no fuss dinner to make.