3 Ways To Use Leftovers That Couldn’t Be Easier January 8, 2019

by Amanda Li Our Cooking tools

The #FreshFam knows that when you receive your (not so) little box of joy from us, the ingredients come pre-portioned, so you have just the right amount for dinner and cut back on leftovers and food waste. 

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It’s AMAZING as a step towards sustainability, but we know not every meal you’ll eat will be carefully pre-portioned. So, if you want to get the most out of every ingredient, you’ll need to be creative!

Luckily, we’re here to help with that. Here are three delicious and handy ways to make the most of some common ingredient leftovers.

How To Use Leftover Tortillas

We love to celebrate #TacoTuesday, but unless you’re catering for a full-on fiesta, you’re bound to have some leftover tortillas. But don’t throw them away, throw them in your mouth with this clever snack recipe!

Homemade Tortilla Chips

Ingredients:

  • Tortillas
  • Cajun spice seasoning
  • Salt

Instructions:

  1. Cut tortillas into even triangles
  2. Spray a baking tray with oil
  3. Lay triangles flat and evenly spaced apart
  4. Sprinkle with Cajun spice and salt mixture
  5. Place in oven until crisp and enjoy with your favourite dip or with chili!

How To Use Leftover Onions

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You know how it is – You return home from the market, a big paper bag in hand, baguette sticking from the top, and a string of onions on the other arm (because we’re all living in a French dream). Ok, maybe not and unless you’re making a huge pot of French onion soup, you’re bound to have leftover onions. So two words – Carmelized Onions. Yum!

Carmelized Onions

Ingredients:

  • Onions
  • Butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • Baguette (Optional)
  • Feta Cheese (Optional)
  • Parsley (Optional)

Instructions:

  1. Slice onions about 1-inch thick.
  2. Spread butter around the heated pan until melted
  3. Add sliced onions and begin to stir
  4. Add brown sugar to the mixture
  5. Continue to stir until onions are nice and caramelized
  6. Store in an air-tight container
  7. OR place caramelized onions on toasted baguette slices and top with feta cheese and parsley for an afternoon snake. Carmelized onions are also a delicious condiment for burgers and sandwiches.

 

How To Use Leftover Herbs

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We’ve all had leftover herbs die on us. It’s all too easy to get a large pre-packaged bunch from the store, use far less than you picked up, and watch the remains slowly wilt and die. But we’ve got just the solution to change their fate! There are lots of options to let your herbs fulfill their destiny.

Frozen Herb Cubes:

By freezing herbs in oil, you can have an immediate flavour booster on hand as a base for stews, soups, and roasts. Why oil and not water? Turns out preserving herbs this way reduces the chances of freezer burn.

Keep in mind, that this works best with tougher herbs like rosemary, sage, oregano, and thyme.

Homemade Pesto

Ingredients:

  • Pine nuts
  • Garlic Cloves
  • Herbs (basil, parsley, rosemary etc.)

Instructions:

  1. Place leftover herbs with the garlic clove and pine nuts into blender and blend until mixture is liquid
  2. Pour mixture into ice cube tray and freeze
  3. Once frozen, place cubes into pan and stir while melting
  4. Add pasta to pan, cover well and stir until cooked
  5. Top pasta with pine nuts, Parmesan and a sprinkle of herbs

So, there you have it! A little creativity goes a long way towards helping sustain our planet and helping sustain your appetite with delicious snacks using your leftovers. Now, it’s time for more delicious kitchen tips and tricks.

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