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24 easy & tasty leftover recipes!

24 easy & tasty leftover recipes to reduce food waste

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:

  • Only buy what you need, avoid buying huge amounts of food in bulk unless you really know you'll consume it - the more we buy, the more we tend to throw away. 
  • Consume your food in time, checking "best by" dates & shopping your fridge & pantry - you'll probably find some hidden gems hidden back there that you can use to whip up new, tasty dishes (more on that below!).
  • Store food correctly - use high quality glass containers to keep things in the fridge and make sure your fridge & freezer are set at the right temperatures. Keep in mind that our Artisans don't use any preservatives or additives so be sure to refrigerate their products once you've opened them.
  • Be creative with leftovers! This is my favorite tip, don't let anything go to waste!! Read on for some of our team's favorite leftover recipes, using our all-natural and organic Greek goodies. 

3 Recipes for Leftover Bananas

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!).

Greek Banana Bread with Yoghurt and Honey

banana bread with tragano greek organics raw honey

Oatmeal Banana Cookies with Honey and Tangerine Spoon Sweet from Chios

banana oatmeal cookies with tangerine spoon sweet from Citrus Chios

Banana Bread with Spices and Orange Zest

banana bread with Sparoza's handcrafted spices and orange zest cooking blend

2 Recipes for Leftover Apples

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!

Spiced Apple Bread with Raisins & Cinnamon Spread

spiced apple bread with Elli & Manos all natural cinnamon and raisins spread

Fragrant Baked Apples with Raisins & Cinnamon Spread

baked apples with Elli & Manos raisins and cinnamon all natural spread

5 Recipes for Leftover Veggies

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. 

Greek-Colombian Minestrone Soup with Orzo & Cilantro

A Greek-Colombian fusion minestrone soup with Agrozimi's artisanal orzo kritharaki

Mediterranean Orzo Salad with Sea Fennel

Delicious Greek orzo salad with Tragano organic condiments

Greek Veggie Flatbread with Feta Cheese

Greek Clafoutis with Kalamata Olives & Red Peppers

Greek savory clafoutis with organic Kalamata olives and roasted red peppers

Savory Filo-Free Pumpkin Pie with Trahana

SAVORY FILO-FREE TRAHANA PUMPKIN PIE TO CELEBRATE PIE DAY GREEK STYLE!

10 Delicious Recipes for Your Tragano Greek Organic Peppers

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!

10 Light & Healthy Meals for Spring

10 easy recipes for a healthy spring meal

4 Recipes for Any Leftover Citrus Spoon Sweets

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!).

4 Easy, Tasty & Healthy Greek Inspired Desserts with Citrus Spoon Sweets

Easy yogurt and jello desert with Citrus Chios handmade preserves

Let us know your favorite leftover recipes, we'd love to share them with the rest of our Zelos community! 

 



1 Response

Ceci
Ceci

April 25, 2022

Que buenas ideas!!!! Gracias!

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