I come from a family with very humble origins. Wasting food was a big nono and meal times together were sacred. I can avoid filling a pang of guilt when I cannot finish my food in a restaurant or have to trow away perfectly good food. Joining the “I am a food lover and I pledge to eat my leftovers” ran by 1 million women easily fits into my family values and provides me with a new way to help with climate change.
When I took their food waste survey. The answers made me realized there is more I can do. So I drew from the survey a list of things to avoid wasting food:
- Checking the fridge before shopping
- Writing a shopping list
- Writing a meal plan
- Buying only what you need!
- Checking best before and expiration dates
- Make vegetable stock with food scraps
- Use leftovers!
Using leftovers is something I like doing and have a lot of practice. Last summer in the Anuttara Ashram, we had to eat all leftovers. Throwing away food is not allowed. My new friends were pleasantly surprise when I could change leftovers and made a new appetizing dish instead of reheated leftovers. It’s because I watched too many food shows… Joke aside, they do provide some inspiration.
I invite you to challenge yourself and come up with a tasty recipe using leftovers. You will be surprise what you can come up with…
Vegan bread pudding
A great way to turn old bread into a yummy dessert low in sugar and rich in nutrients. It does require a bit of work but totally worth it. Put your love into it and try it! For a more decadent version, substitute the dried fruits with dark chocolate chips…