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Earth Day is here and food waste is one of the many topics people are talking about. I was amazed to read that we throw away a third of the food we buy. I think my grandparents would be turning over in their grave if they knew that! Considering what a big impact food production has on our earth's resources and with so many people in need of food, we really can't afford to waste any at all. My grandparents & parents were pros at making the most of what they had, I don't remember them EVER throwing food away. Having been refugees and living through wars, it was truly a sin! So I thought I'd share a few things each of us can do to reduce food waste:
If you're tired of the usual smoothies and banana breads, try our Greek-inspired quick bread with yogurt & honey or one with flavorful Greek spices or my daughter's oatmeal banana cookies (I even added in some leftover spoon sweet I had in the fridge!).
I never had applesauce growing up (it's not really a Greek thing...) but we did make baked apples in the winter and I love a good apple bread. Elli's Raisin & Cinnamon Gourmet Spread is also delicious spread on chicken breasts or pork chops before baking, a really nice way to jazz up a simple meal for one or two and great way to finish off the jar!
One of the most fun ways I have to get creative in the kitchen is to challenge myself to cook with whatever I can find in the fridge. I often have a little of this, a little of that and when the vegetables are fresh and in season, even a little bit can add great flavor to a dish. Here are a few recipes that friends from our Zelos community have shared over the years.
These high-fiber & vitamin condiments work well with so many other things in your fridge and they add a real splash of color to your table. You should never have a half-empty jar on hand, use them up and have a fresh, tasty meal!
These traditional Greek preserved fruits are wonderful atop so many desserts, let yourself get creative! The all-natural simple syrup is also tasty as an alternative to sugar or other sweeteners (some of our friends use it in their cocktails!).
Let us know your favorite leftover recipes, we'd love to share them with the rest of our Zelos community!
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