30 Sustainable Recipes that Reduce Food Waste
If you’ve ever thrown out food or found yourself at a loss over what to make for dinner, then these 30 recipes that’ll help you reduce food waste will help.
Over one-third of food produced in the United States ends up in a landfill. This not only wastes money, but adds harmful greenhouse gasses into the environment. The recipes below are economical staples that reduce food waste by using leftovers, veggies, fruits, eggs, and nutritious and delicious dairy foods.
Use up any leftover eggs, milk, mushrooms, meat, and veggies with this Frittata recipe. Follow the ingredient list or swap them for what’s already inside your refrigerator. Recipe link here.
Stuffed Peppers are a great way to use up kitchen leftovers. Follow this Taco Stuffed recipe or mix and match with your own ingredients! Recipe link here.
Smoothies are an excellent way to use your leftover milk, yogurt, fruits, and even veggies. They’re healthy, nutritious, delicious, and very easy to customize. Recipe link here.
There’s no easier way to use up leftovers than making soup! Try this Creamy Vegetable Soup or create your own. Recipe link here.
Use up any leftover milk and eggs by making a crepe! Follow this Strawberry Orange Banana Sunrise Crepe recipe or create your own fillings and toppings with your other leftovers. Recipe link here.
Omelets are a fun, easy to customize recipe that’s perfect for a healthy breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Try this Spanish Omelet or create your own. Recipe link here.
Tired of eating the same leftovers? Mix yesterday’s dinner with eggs to create a croquette! Recipe link here.
Dips are a fun and creative way to use up remaining ingredients. Try this Skinny Buffalo Dip that uses chicken, veggies, and even salad dressings! Recipe link here.
Yogurt, fruit, and granola is all you’ll need to whip up a parfait. Try it for breakfast or for a healthy afternoon snack. Recipe link here.
Avocado Toast is an easy, customizable meal that's a perfect way to use up leftover ingredients. Try this Creamy Avocado Toast recipe for a protein-heavy meal. Recipe link here.
Overnight oats are an easy-to-make, healthy, and dairy delicious breakfast. Try this Raspberries and Pistachio Overnight Oats recipe or make your own. Recipe link here.
Go with a classic Chicken Alfredo dinner to use up leftover veggies, milk, and more. Recipe link here.
Need to use up ingredients, try a taco? This Fish Taco with Mango Slaw is perfect for a fresh, summer dinner. Recipe link here.
Have a pie crust still sitting in the freezer? Why not make a quiche? This Christmas Morning Quiche creates a colorful and healthy meal. Recipe link here.
Use up leftover ingredients by making your own sauces. Try this customizable Creamy Tomato Sauce or create your own. Recipe link here.
A casserole is a classic way to reinvent dinner leftovers into something new and exciting. Recipe link here.
Make something fun for dinner with an empanada recipe. Try this Cheesy Churrasco Empanada or create your own filling with leftovers. Recipe link here.
Enjoy a warm and cozy meal when you make a pot pie. Create your own using leftovers or try this Cheesy Chicken Pot Pie. Recipe link here.
Ice Cream Pies
Don’t know what to do with leftover cakes and pies? Create an ice cream pie like this Key Lime Ice Cream Pie. Recipe link here.
Dessert bars are a fun, delicious way to use up leftover milk and other baking ingredients. Follow this Fresh Strawberries and Cream Cheese Bar Recipe or customize with your own toppings. Recipe link here.
Lasagna is a great, customizable way to use up leftovers. Switch out ingredients in this Summer Skillet Lasagna with extra food you need to use up. Recipe link here.
A gratin is a classic way to use up leftover ingredients. This Super Cheesy Bacon and Onion Potato Gratin is a perfect party side-dish. Recipe link here.
Have fun experimenting with different kabob recipes, like this Fruit and Waffle Kabob, to use up ingredients. Recipe link here.
Add meat or veggies to scrambled eggs to create a filling meal and use up leftover ingredients. Try it with this Cheesy Bell Pepper Scrambled Eggs Recipe. Recipe link here.
Yogurt Bark is a fun way to use up yogurt and fruits. Follow this Frozen Strawberry Yogurt Bark recipe or create your own. Recipe link here.
Moon milks are a great way to use up leftover milk and enjoy a calming and cozy drink like this Chamomile Moon Milk. Recipe link here.
Quesadillas are a delicious, easy, and customizable meal. Enjoy this BBQ Pork Quesadilla or make your own recipe. Recipe link here.
Have some fun with ramen for dinner to use up leftover ingredients. Blend flavors with this Taco Ramen or come up with your own fun ideas. Recipe link here.
Need a dinner idea? Try a chowder like this Easy Pumpkin Chowder. It’s easy to customize so you can use up leftovers and reduce food waste. Recipe link here.
Make some popsicles to use up leftover fruits. Try these Berry Smoothie Pops or invent your own. Recipe link here.
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