What To Do with Leftovers!

January 3, 2012

Happy New Year friends! Isn’t it fab that every 365 days we get a fresh start? Have you made any resolutions? Here’s one of my resolutions that I’d love for you to adopt, too.
Waste less food.

I read a
staggering statistic last week that blew me away. It’s estimated that at Christmas-time alone (and this isn’t counting Thanksgiving), 97 million pounds of edible turkey would be thrown away in 2011!

The amount of food that’s wasted in our country each year is absolutely ridiculous. The conservative estimate is that 30% of the edible food in our country is thrown away, but many experts place it at 50%. We waste money and the natural resources used to grow or raise the food. The food that ends up landfills creates an environmental problem. And, all this waste is happening while food insecurity is at a high in our country.
I bet right now, your fridge is filled with leftovers from the holidays that need to be used soon or will end up as trash. If you’re joining me in this resolution to waste less food, here are some great ideas for you to use up some of those holiday leftovers. If one of your other resolutions is to be wiser with your money this year, throwing away less food is a two for one resolution!

If you were wise enough to freeze your leftover Christmas turkey or ham (PLEASE don’t eat it if it’s still in your refrigerator at this point), Real Simple has

Leftover champagne that has lost its fizziness can be used in a
Champagne Mushroom Sauce to serve over chicken, steak, pork tenderloin, pork chops, or halibut. 

 

FromageHYPERLINK “http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/fromage-fort-recipe/index.html” Fort uses all those beautiful leftover pieces of cheese from your holiday cheese tray. They combine with butter and white wine to make a cheese spread.10 Leftover Turkey Recipes and Ham Leftover Ideas

.I love this Martha Stewart post that urges us to
Don’tHYPERLINK “http://www.marthastewart.com/275537/dont-toss-those-leftovers/@center/277003/home-smarts” Toss Those Leftovers! She has 19 creative ideas for your leftover wine from New Year’s Eve, leftover cake and more.

Tell me friends, have I inspired you to dig into your fridge and get creative with your holiday leftovers?