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Ideas for Using Up Leftover Vegetables
Do you ever end up with small amounts of leftover vegetables wanting to go bad in your produce crisper? Maybe you cooked too many mushrooms or bought too many sweet potatoes. Maybe your produce is just going bad a little too quickly and you need to come up with a way to use it up before it goes to waste. Whatever your reasons for needing to use up your leftover veggies, this is the hub for you. Here is a list of ideas to inspire you to eat these vegetables before they need to be thrown away.
- Make a large omelet. Omelets are delicious and filling and best of all you can use up the odds and ends in your produce drawer. We like to add mushrooms, onions, peppers and even tomatoes to ours.
- Spaghetti sauce lends itself surprisingly well to hiding vegetables. You can either chop vegetables up into large chunks or steam and puree it to really hide it. Spinach, broccoli, carrots, onions, mushrooms and peppers all have found their way into my spaghetti sauce.
- Pizza is delicious and can be topped with just about anything. Personally for me, if I can add cheese on top, it sounds good.
- Stir-fry is a good idea for many reasons. It is good, good for you, easy and fast to cook and uses up the odds and ends of just about anything. Tonight for instance, I had one lone sweet potato, water chestnuts, tons of zucchini, garlic and onions that needed to be used. I cooked them all up with diced chicken and seasoned it with soy sauce, apple cider vinegar and a lime that was languishing in my crisper. My house smelled delightful and we had the best dinner.
- Quesadillas are a summertime favorite around here when tomatoes are ripening too quickly for me. Cheese and tomato is our favorite but we have also cooked these up with several different types of squashes, onions, peppers, mushrooms and broccoli.
- Soups and stews are the perfect winter fare for all those random veggies. In fact many people keep a container in their freezer and anytime they have leftover bits of veggies, they throw them all together in a bucket, juices and all. When the bucket is full they know it is time to make soup.
- Make a relish tray. Frequently for dinner I will put a large plate on the table with whatever fresh vegetables I can find. Add ranch dressing or hummus and this is a great side dish for any meal.
- Large salads can incorporate many vegetables. This would make a great lunch to take to work with dressing on the side.
- My husband makes what my kids call Famous Ramen noodles. Basically he digs out whatever veggies he can find in the fridge, chops them up small and adds them to the cooked noodles from the ramen packet. He also adds tuna, garlic salt and pepper and the kids all devour it.
- If you really have produce going bad too quickly and can't eat it then you can usually freeze it. Sometimes you do have to blanch it first, but that only takes a minute or two and will save your vegetables, and your money, from making their way to your trash can.