Today is National Leftovers Day.  Throughout the year Australian’s throw out $8 billion dollars worth of food but Boxing Day has been identified as one of the biggest culprits!

When you are bursting at the seams it can seem like the leftovers will never end and, let’s face it, no one likes a stinky fridge.  But that’s when we need to get creative in the kitchen to use up every last yummy scrap of our vegan Christmas meal (well mine was vegan :).

So this morning I had cake for breakfast but there are healthier ways to use up leftovers.

  • make sandwiches with your leftover Tofurkey
  • freeze portions of your meals for a quick dinner later in the week or month
  • bottle up extra sauces, dips and pestos and give them as Boxing Day gifts (I made lots of pesto jars up to give as Chrissy gifts yesterday but you could easily do the same thing today!)
  • put all the leftover salads together for a super dooper salad
  • organise a picnic in the next few days and have Christmas all over again

In case you think I’m joking about a Tofurkey, this is what it looks like:

tofurky roast

The Facts on National Leftovers Day

  • Each year, Australians throw out $8 billion dollars worth of food. That’s 4 million tonnes of edible food being sent to landfill.
  • DoSomething! estimate that hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of food will go to waste during the festive season, where food continues to be Australians single biggest expenditure item.
  • Leftovers make up 27% of all food thrown out by Australian households. That’s second only to fruit and vegetables which account for 33%.
  • 450,000 garbage trucks worth of food is wasted in Australia each year – HOLY MOLY!

Moving forward, be conscious of what you spend your money on, what you bring in to your household and get creative to use up what’s in the fridge before shopping again.  You’ll save a fortune, come up with awesome new dishes and maybe together we can reduce the number of garbage trucks needed in 2015!

How will you use your leftovers?