Many of us can be guilty of throwing out food when it starts looking a little sad or forgetting to use items sitting in our fridge before their use-by dates.
Being mindful of your food waste is not only good for the environment, it could also save you up to $3800 every year just by using the ingredients that are already in your kitchen!
We love food and hate waste, so we’ve compiled some recipes and kitchen inspiration to help you use your bread, bananas and broccoli – the top three foods that most often go to waste in Brisbane.
Break some bread
If you have a loaf of bread that's going hard, there are endless options to help you use it up!
Have an Italian night at home and create mini pizzas with a bread-end base – just spread over some pesto or tomato paste and load it up with any meats or veggies you have in your fridge. Add some arancini balls to the mix by blitzing stale bread crusts to create a fine crumb to coat leftover risotto.
Cheesy toast melts are a perfect quick snack the kids will love, and a great way to use up cheese that’s been hiding in the fridge.
If you have more of a sweet tooth, treat yourself with French toast and honey for breakfast. Don’t forget to top it off with a banana or something else from your fruit bowl!
Get your greens
Broccoli that is starting to look wilted can still be a surprisingly fresh addition to your meals.
If you’re looking for a creative way to eat your broccoli stalks, try adding them to a salad uncooked.
Whip up a celery and broccoli soup with a little blue cheese for a tasty meal the whole family will love, or make some potato and veggie hash cakes to create a nutritious brunch using your broccoli, potatoes and spring onions.
For something a little heartier, try a vegetable curry to get rid of broccoli and any other vegetables that might otherwise go to waste in your crisper. Simply add a bit of rice and you’re all set!
Overripe bananas are perfect for baking! Whip up a batch of banana and honey muffins for an easy grab and go snack, or as a treat for the kids’ lunchboxes.
Squishy and spotty looking bananas can also be chopped up and frozen to keep longer. Add the frozen chunks into a blender with milk of your choice and honey to make a refreshing smoothie. You can even toss in spinach leaves or kale for a tasty green kick!
Be smart with your scraps
No matter how clever you get in the kitchen, there will always be some scraps, like peels and skins, you can’t eat. Composting will turn these scraps into nutrients for soil and help to reduce the amount of food waste we send to landfill.
Brisbane City Council’s community composting hubs are a great way to start composting. With two new hubs opening this November, there will soon be 25 locations across the city, so there’s sure to be one near you.