We're always left with loads of food waste at the end of the week, especially after having a Hello Fresh box for the week. I've decided to set myself a challenge to minimise our food waste by either using it up or preserving it.
This week the leftovers were :
The first thing that I made was chilli, I always have mince in my freezer so I defrosted a packet of beef mince yesterday in readiness. I started by frying the onions with a teaspoon of cumin, a finely diced garlic clove and the beef mince. I drained the fat once cooked and then added a tin of tomatoes, two chopped fresh tomatoes, both the red & black beans, 1/4 teaspoon of dried crushed chillies and chilli powder to taste. This was simple to make, tastes amazing and can be kept in the freezer to eat at a later date.
The second thing that I made was duck egg omelette. Our friend keeps ducks at his allotment and gave us some eggs to try out. I fried some peppers and tomatoes, poured three whisked eggs over them and added torn mozzarella, I left this until it was cooked through and added some parsley to it once I had dished it up, I served the omelette with the leftover bits of veg and some sweet potato fries.
Following these two meals I still had some parsley, mint and lemons left. I chopped the herbs up, added them into an ice cube tray and poured olive oil over, once these have frozen I will transfer them into freezer bags marked up to tell me which herb it is (note to myself, the parsley is the one that I have six cubes of!). These can then be used for various things, for example if I am cooking a lamb steak I will pop one of the mint cubes into the frying pan or if I make a batch of cous cous I will pop a parsley cube into it.
This leaves me with two lemon halves, these will simply be sliced and put into our drinks throughout the day. I am feeling very satisfied after using/preserving all of my usual food waste.
Kitchen staples - Mince (it is worth getting into the habit of picking this up whenever you see it reduced in the supermarket and freezing it), tinned tomatoes, dried herbs/spices, garlic, eggs, frozen chips.
Great meals for using up food - Omelette and tomato based dishes such as chilli or bolognese.