Tricks to take advantage of leftovers: food has no waste

The waste of food in the world is a problem that we should all be aware of. Oxfam Intermón denounces that with the 40 million tons of food that is being wasted in the US every year, it could feed the 1 billion people who go to bed hungry every day. Therefore, it is essential to buy head and cook with imagination to avoid throwing away so much food.

On the occasion of the celebration of the campaign The food has no waste, all we can know in a direct way the possibilities that have the "leftovers" of the food before finishing in the garbage bin to try to reduce in this way the amount of food that is wasted every year.


Spain is the seventh country that wastes the most food. Approximately 8 tons per year go to the trash. It is important to be aware of this problem in order to optimize environmental resources and optimize our family economic expenditure.

Ideas to save food

Did you know that save food is it fashionable? The Save food technique, which was the custom of our grandmothers and ancestors, now returns in the form of social awareness and sustainable development. In addition to saving the planet and improving the use of resources, practicing the save food, will help you to save in the shopping cart and arrive more comfortably at the end of the month. The idea is to take advantage of the remains of prepared food and other foods that you have at home and cook them mixed in another way so as not to throw anything away.


The first principle of save food is to properly preserve the food so that it does not spoil. How? Freezing everything that will not be consumed shortly and storing cooked food in suitable containers with airtight seal to prevent food from decomposing quickly.

Here are some ideas to take advantage of all the leftovers. With them you can prepare cheap, easy and delicious recipes.

Ideas to take advantage of fish leftovers

Pudding of fish. It is so easy that you only have to pass the fish through the blender with eggs, bread crumbs, milk and fried tomato. Pour the mixture into a mold and cook it in a bain-marie in a preheated oven at 180º for about 45 minutes.


Meatballs, croquettes or hamburgers. Make a thick bechamel to take advantage of fish is one of the most common resources to make croquettes, meatballs or hamburgers. It is advisable to previously remove the skins and the spines, and to crush the fish.

Stuffed eggs Cook some boiled eggs, peel and cut in half. Separate the whites from the yolks and chop the latter with the fish and a little mayonnaise. Fill egg whites with this mixture and go.

Tempered fish salads Shredded, diced and tempered, you can add the fish to a salad.

Ideas to take advantage of leftovers

Bolognese cake To reuse a Bolognese sauce and turn it into another food, you can make a mashed potato and place it as a background in a dish. Add the Bolognese sauce on top and grated cheese and gratin in the oven.

Croquettes They accept chicken and also stewed meat. Before mixing with the béchamel, bite the pieces of meat well. You can sauté a little onion and add it to the mixture of the croquettes to enhance its flavor.

Cannelloni and lasagna Any leftover meat is also used to make the filling of cannelloni and lasagna.

Reuse stewed meat. If you have a steak or beef steak left over, make a leek, carrot and turnip sauté and add the meat in strips or pieces. Put chickpeas and soy sauce and accompany with couscous.

How to take advantage of vegetable leftovers

Scrambled of boiled vegetables. With the leftover vegetable boiled, you can make a delicious scramble with beaten egg. You just have to cut them into small pieces, sauté them a little in a pan, add the beaten egg and make the scramble.

Vegetable patés. Ideal for breakfast, snacks or snacks and, in any case, to take advantage of lentils, chickpeas or beans that have been left over from a meal. Pass the pulses with a raw garlic, a couple of tablespoons of tahini (sesame puree), cumin and salt. Then add a little paprika and olive oil. They are delicious if they are taken with pita bread, corn triangles, toast, etc.

Caldo (almost) Galician. If you have left some white beans, you can cook watercress or turnip tops and diced potatoes. Add a sauce of garlic and paprika and herb salt, and add it to the white beans.

Fast salad. Have you had pipirrana (onion, tomato and chopped green pepper) of a vinaigrette sauce? Do not throw it away, prepare a couscous and mix it. You'll have a delicious salad a minute.

How to take advantage of fruit leftovers

Marmalades, compotes and purees. Fruit that is too ripe can be used to make jams or compotes, which serve to accompany meat or fish dishes. Change the chip and do not waste them. Another idea is to make purées or porridges with different pieces of fruit.

Salads and fruit salads Chopped and submerged in lemon juice to prevent rust, ripe fruits or about to spoil can have life in salads and salads.

Marisol Nuevo Espín

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