Are you always tossing leftovers in the bin? Perhaps you forgot it was in the fridge, or maybe you just didn’t get the opportunity to use it. Well, next time you see a plastic container with leftovers, get creative! With our list of uses, you won’t be tempted to toss it in the bin again! Read on to see how you can reduce waste, and create delicious meals!

Tired of tossing leftovers and wasting food? Don’t worry, we have a few creative ways to inspire you. Next time you have leftover milk, veggies, or even soup, use them to make dinner!

Soups

Soups and sauces are some of the easiest foods to use in other meals. If you cannot use it immediately, freeze the soup in a Ziploc bag and it would be ready when you need it. Beef, chicken and vegetable, or butternut soups make great additions to dishes such as stews and casseroles. Cream-based soups (like mushroom or chicken soup) taste delicious over pasta. It makes for a quick midweek dinner. Simply cook the pasta, and stir through your leftover soup.

Veggies

Most leftover veggies can be used to make fritters. Combine 1 ½ pounds of leftover vegetables, 1 large egg (whisked), ½ cup grated cheese, 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, and 1 Tbsp finely chopped parsley. Form small fritters and fry in oil! No more wasted veggies!

Tomatoes

If your tomatoes are starting to look a bit sad, don’t throw them away. Process them in a food blender together with garlic and herbs. Put the sauce in the freezer and you’re ready to whip up a tomato pasta in minutes!

Milk

If you’re not big on drinking milk, then you’re probably used to sour milk since you can’t get to finish the carton of milk in time. Before your milk goes sour (again), make white sauce. For every 500mL, use 30g flour and 30g butter. Store the sauce in the freezer, and take it out whenever you need a white sauce (also called bechamel).

Fish

Fish is not a food item you’d want to keep in your fridge for too long (except if you want to experience the adventures that go with food poisoning!). So if you have fish that you know you won’t be eating soon, why not use it as a stock? The stock can easily be frozen, or used as a base for a seafood pasta or soup.

Leftover Nights

Get into the habit of finishing leftovers. Set aside one day per week, where you commit yourself to using up leftovers. If you have kids, get them involved and let them come up with creative ideas to use the leftovers you have in your fridge!