I know I am guilty of finding a wilted bag of lettuce at the bottom of the crisper, or a Tupperware container of leftovers shoved to the back of the fridge.
In the US, about 40% of our food goes to waste. This means that instead of going to feed a hungry mouth, it is tossed in the trash to rot at a landfill or put down the garbage disposal. Throwing organic waste in the trash may seem innocent, because it is biodegradable right? Wrong! When we allow the organic waste to reach the landfill, it actually produces methane, because it decomposes anaerobically (without oxygen), which contributes to climate change. A better alternative to letting our organic waste reach the landfill, is composting! Compost reduces the need for chemical fertilizers and enriches the soil. If you want to start composting at home check out this link. If your don't want to start your own compost, you can also see if your local landfill accepts organic waste.
An even better option is to reduce the amount of food waste you have in the first place by shopping smart and buying only what you need and can use, and by repurposing leftovers and turning them into new meals! Here is a great resource to check out.
Derek and I had a repurposed brunch this morning with some leftovers that were lurking in our fridge. Omelets are a great option for using up tidbits of leftovers.
For our omelets this morning, I used sautéed red pepper and onion, leftover carnitas, the last of our shredded cheese and some goat cheese and spinach. We also had some leftover roasted baby potatoes that I smashed and re-roasted with olive oil and salt and pepper until they were crispy.
It was super tasty, and definitely didn't taste like leftovers at all! I challenge you this week to get creative in the kitchen and try to repurpose something new out of leftovers that would otherwise be tossed in the trash.