Leftover ends from that head of broccoli? Stale bread that no one wants for a sandwich? A bit of rice here, some soggy carrots there. What do you do with these bits and pieces of food?
It is too easy just to throw it out, or put it in the green bin. Much of the food we throw away each day actually could be used in healthy, nutritious and delicious meals.
Some quick tips:
- Chop up those tough broccoli ends and add them to stew.
- Add soggy spinach to your favourite pasta dish.
- Convert stale bread to breadcrumbs for coating fish and chicken
- Freeze left-over cooked meats to add to stir-frys
- Grate carrots as a healthy addition to muffins
- Keep a bag in the freezer for all those left over pieces of onions, carrots, celery, tomatoes, etc. that have gone soft. Add the contents to soup broth when the bag gets full, top up with some cooked meat and pearl barley and presto, instant, delicious soup!
- Mozzarella cheese starting to get mouldy? Remove spots, chop in cubes and freeze. You can then add the cubes to any baked pasta dish!
- Stale cake or cookies? Crumble into a pie plate, fill with ice cream and refreeze for a yummy ice cream pie.
Many delicious meals can be made from what you might otherwise toss in the trash – just use your imagination!
Bread Pudding – This dessert is a favourite for those eager to use up ends of bread. A lighter bread (white, light rye, egg bread) works best, but you can mix in some whole grain as well.
- 2 cups of milk
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup of brown sugar or white sugar
- ½ tbsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- Optional: ¼ cup of raisins, 2 tbsp cashew nuts/almonds or any mixture of dried fruit
- Pre-heat up over to 350 degree
- Chop the bread slices into 1 inch pieces, about 4-5 slices. Stale is just fine, in fact, it works better
- In a large bowl, beat the eggs
- Add milk, brown sugar or white sugar, vanilla extract and ground cinnamon, combine well using a whisk (if you are adding raisins and nuts, add as well)
- Place the chopped bread in a greased medium baking pan, pour the milk mixture over it and let it soak for about 15 minutes
- Place the pan in the oven and bake for an hour or till the top turns golden in color.
Serve on its own, or drizzle with caramel sauce and enjoy with ice cream. Also good cold, and makes a nutritious breakfast.