7 Dishes Made Using Leftover Food — Waste Not

by Dorothy Reinhold on February 23, 2016


Print This Post Print This Post Close to 40% of food in the U.S. ends up going to waste, and the cost to us as a society is huge. Here are 7 easy dishes made using leftover food. | ShockinglyDelicious.com

Perhaps most of us don’t realize how much food we throw away every day.

Close to 40% of food in the U.S. ends up going to waste, and the cost to us as a society is huge.

  • When all that food goes into the trash, we’re effectively squandering 25% of all freshwater used in the U.S. (made worse in light of recent droughts in California and western states).
  • On top of that you can add 4% of the U.S.’s total oil consumption, and a staggering $165 billion each year – over $40 billion of which comes from households.
  • Then there’s the costs of disposing of all that food, which adds another $750 million on top of the bill.

But the costs don’t end there, since roughly 95% of the food thrown away goes to landfill or combustion facilities. In 2013, the U.S. disposed of over 35m tons of wasted food – including uneaten leftovers or spoiled produce – and that means more methane is being produced; a greenhouse gas.

Making the most of leftovers not only shows respect for food, but protects the environment and your wallet. And what’s more, it will make you a superior cook.

So with that in mind, we’ve collected seven recipes that will make best use of your leftovers and stop those scraps heading to the trash. To get the full recipes and instructions, just follow the hyperlinks below the graphic.

Cheerio, to YOUR good health, the health of your wallet, and our planet.

7 dishes made using leftover food
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[Infographic] by the team at Survival

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