THE LEFTOVER CHALLENGE!
FACT: Did you know that 40 percent of food in the U.S. goes to waste? When the resources to grow that food are considered, this amounts to approximately 25 percent of all freshwater, 4 percent of the oil we consume, and more than $165 billion dollars all dedicated to producing food that never gets eaten.
So often we carefully put leftovers in the fridge, after which they get pushed out of sight and forgotten until it's too late. And then you toss 'em. Or we have ingredients in the cupboard, but we fail to use them before their expiration date.
This challenge asks you to go to the fridge and the cupboard and create a meal, for yourself or your family, using leftovers in the fridge and ingredients that are already in the pantry or cupboard. Not ony will you reduce waste, but you'll also save money. And you can skip a trip to the grocery store!
There are a couple of approaches you could take to this Challenge. You can look at Supercook (http://www.supercook.com/#/recipes/All%2520recipes), a cool website that allows you to enter the ingredients you have on hand and then gives you recipes for dishes you can make using those ingredients.
Or you could make a soup, a stew, or a stir fry. You know, soups, stews, and stir frys can be made out of almost anything. You don't have to have certain ingredients in certain proportions to make a soup or a stew.
How about a quiche? A pot pie? A Shepherd's pie?
Got a lot of veggies in the crisper? Throw together a big salad! Again, the proportions don't matter - you can use up whatever you have on hand!
Another approach would be to serve a Smorgas Supper. Pull out all the leftovers, heat them up, and spread them out buffet style. Everyone gets to take whatever they like, pass on what they don't want. This goes over pretty well with families because everyone gets a choice.
Here are some tips on using leftovers: http://iheartvegetables.com/2014/02/10/how-to-repurpose-leftovers/
Tell us about the meal you made and whether you and your family enjoyed it!