12 Months of Leftovers

Who says your leftovers have to sit in the fridge and spoil? Using your leftovers is an easy way to divert waste from local landfills and protect our planet. Not to mention, it’s a great way to save money. Every year, a typical household sends over $1000 in wasted food to local landfills – just imagine what you could do with that extra cash. Use these handy recipes and tips to reduce your waste, save your money and protect our planet.

No Need to Start from Scratch

Spiced French Toast

Just because it’s a little dry around the edges doesn’t mean you have to send that bread to the compost. Give your leftover hot cross buns new life – all it takes is 10 minutes and a little love!

  • 4 tbsp soft butter
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 100mL milk
  • 2 hot cross buns, split in half (4 slices)
  • Maple syrup, to serve

Step One: In a large bowl, whisk eggs, milk and 1 tsp cinnamon, then set to the side. Mix remaining cinnamon with 3 tbsp butter. Using this mixture, sandwich 2 pieces of hot cross bun together. Repeat with remaining slices.

Step Two: On medium heat, melt 1 tbsp butter in a frying pan until foaming. Before frying, dip buns in egg mix, allowing to soak for a few seconds. Fry buns until golden on both sides (1-2 min/side), pressing down on them with a spatula while cooking. Serve immediately, drizzled with maple syrup.

Note: You can use frozen yogurt or ice cream on top.

Tips & Tricks

Create Leftovers Purposefully 

When you’re planning meals, plan with leftovers in mind – it’s a real time saver, and a great way to cut costs. If you prepare vegetables ahead of time, you’ll have the starting point for a soup or pasta dish later in the week. Anticipate using leftover roast chicken and vegetables in soups and sandwiches; extra rice can be frozen and used later. And once you start noticing the benefits to your budget, you’ll be finding all sorts of ways to cut costs and reduce waste!

Keeping it Versatile

Lots of ingredients can be used together to make entirely new dishes. Keep a rotating cast of veggies, grains and meats in your diet and you’ll never be short of new, fun ways to spice up your leftover life!