Meatless Monday: Using up the Scraps

Mondays seem to sneak up on me. Do you feel that way, too? Perhaps you had grand plans to stock up on fresh produce at the farmer’s market, or replenish the fridge with goodies from the specialty store during the weekend. Instead though, Monday somehow rolls around, you’re back to the grind, and all you have in the fridge are remnants of meals past.

If that’s what going on in your kitchen today, don’t despair. Here are a few tricks to spruce up those odds and ends and spare them from bottom of your trash bin:

1. Beans: Say you’ve got less than a full serving of these simple black beans. Heat up some corn you probably have in your freezer, sauté that zucchini or bell pepper hiding in your produce bin or breakout some fake meat crumbles and mix it in with the beans over the stove. Serve with chips or tortillas.

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Don’t throw them out just yet!

2. Pasta: Whenever we make pasta, we’re inevitably left with extra noodles. When I see that sad-looking container of plain, cooked noodles chillin’ in the fridge, I get creative. If we already at them fresh with a red marinara sauce the first time around, then I like to use them up the second time with some extra virgin olive oil or pesto sauce. Just heat up the noodles, drizzle in your EVOO or pesto, and perhaps throw in some wilted spinach you never got around to using.

3. Flat Bread: We love eating falafel in our house. Usually what happens is we have just the right amount of falafel balls for everyone to have enough, and we’re only left with extra flat bread. Instead of letting that flat bread get moldy, I love using it to make a quick pizza. Simply lay the flat bread on a piece of aluminum foil and spread your favorite jarred tomato sauce evenly on the bread. Sprinkle some fake or real cheese over, and top with whatever veggies you have at hand. Bake in your toaster oven until the cheese is melted.

What are your favorite hacks for giving new life to leftover odds and ends?

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5 responses to “Meatless Monday: Using up the Scraps

  1. I make beans mostly for myself. In fact I made some black eyed peas Saturday night and made sure to make enough to get me through to today (having some with supper in a bit). BTW, I do beans from dried, that way I can make as much or as little as I want without a lot of waste. Last night I cooked macaroni noodles, added some crushed garlic, beans and I think some leek, added cheese…full meal with some left for lunch today :).

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