The best recipes for using your leftovers

Avoid letting food go to waste in your fridge, freezer or pantry by whipping up these delicious recipes!

Despite our increased awareness of the problems with foods waste, Australians are getting worse at making sure our leftovers and unused foods don't end up in the bin! 

Not-for-profit OzHarvest is on the front line of combatting food waste, and its next frontier is tackling the forgotten contents of our fridge, freezer and pantry. 

The organisation's Think.Eat.Save event - hosted in partnership with UN Environment - recently brought together some of the country's best chefs, including Neil Perry and the masters from ARIA, Hubert and Rockpool, to encourage people to find new ways to utilise food that's nearing its used-by date in your home.

Inspired by OzHarvest's initiative, here are eight recipes to keep in mind next time you're about to throw out some food.

Crispy lamb, pea and mint fritters

This Donna Hay recipe offers an innovative way to make your lamb roast go even further. Shred the leftovers and fry up with these ingredients for a delicious snack or lunch item.

Bone broth or stock

Use every last bit of your meat product by utilising the bones for a delicious broth or stock. Whether you're using a chicken carcass, lamb bones or even old veggies, stock is a great solution for making sure nothing goes to waste.

Chicken pesto pasta

This pasta recipe by Justine Schofield can be cooked using either chicken mince, or leftovers. If you have a few scraps left on your BBQ or roast chicken, throw them into a pasta for some extra protein.

Sourdough crumb

Stale bread is unbelievably versatile! Use it to make this crumb recipe by Donna Hay, which can be used to season salads and pasta, or to crumb chicken or fish. Stale bread can also be great in soups and meatloaf.

Vegetable Frittata

Frittata and quiche are great ways to use leftovers. Lilliana Battle's frittata recipe caters to roast veggies, but you can pack in any veggies you like!

Shepherd's pie

Jamie Oliver's Shepherd's Pie was designed to be made with leftover roast meat. It typically calls for lamb, but could definitely work with beef. In fact, most pies are great waste-saving food solutions.

Cauliflower fried rice

Another great way to make sure those veggies don't go off in your fridge is to fry them up! This fried 'rice' recipe is great for any cauliflower you have handy, and is great for adding any other green vegetables, like kale, broccoli or asian greens. 

Banana bread

Again, this isn't one so much for your leftovers, as for the food that risks going off in your fruit basket. If you find your bananas are quickly becoming overripe, plan to put them in this tasty snack from the Hemsley sisters.

OzHarvest's Think.Eat.Save event is being held in Sydney's Martin Place on Monday, July 24, 11:30am-2pm.

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