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Food Waste Fighting Breakfasts and Lunches | Edition #3

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Every so often, I share a collection of my breakfasts and lunches because those are the meals where I typically work hardest at fighting food waste by using up odds and ends. I hope my food-waste fighting efforts inspire you to eat some odds and ends meals too!

breakfast | smoothie

I don’t love smoothies in the winter (too cold!), but once the weather starts warming up, I do like ’em.

This one used frozen peaches (home-frozen from boxes of discounted bruised peaches last summer), the last of a container of yogurt, a banana, and some blueberries.

Purple blueberry-peach smoothie in a glass with a blue glass straw.

breakfast| egg sandwich on toast

I started this one out thinking I would use up the last English muffin.

And then I realized there were no English muffins after all!

Egg sandwich on toast.

So I had it on toast instead: two eggs, leftover bacon, some spinach, and some chopped hot cherry peppers.

breakfast | peach-cranberry oatmeal

For this one, I added dried cranberries plus some peaches, which I’d frozen from a box of bruised, marked-down peaches last summer.

Peach cranberry oatmeal in a blue bowl.

This was a really good combo!

And it reminded me why I faithfully freezer bruised peaches each summer.

breakfast | oatmeal + cottage cheese

I fried up a bruised apple to go on my oats, and I ate that with cottage cheese, topped with a banana that I’d thrown in the fridge (to halt the ripening).

Fried apple oatmeal in a bowl.

breakfast | omelet

I made an omelet to use up some peppers, and I toasted the last of the homemade French bread to eat on the side.

omelet with toast.

breakfast | spinach omelet

I used up more peppers in this one, plus some spinach.

Spinach omelet

breakfast | oatmeal

Oatmeal, made with this microwave method.

I added more of the dried fruit stash I’m working through, plus some fresh berries.

Clementines on the side, plus cottage cheese for protein.

Oatmeal with fruit and cottage cheese.

lunch | chicken spiedies salad

I’d grilled chicken for chicken spiedie subs, but I had some pieces of chicken that were too small to put on the skewers. So, I put them in a container in the fridge, and the next day at lunch I cooked them.

Small chicken pieces cooked in a skillet.

And then I made a salad with those pieces and some leftover grilled pieces, using the spiedies sauce as a dressing.

Chicken spiedies salad in a glass bowl.

lunch | but not for me!

Usually my kids fend for themselves at breakfast and lunch, but when I saw that we had leftover chicken and leftover French bread, I threw together a lunch pizza for Zoe.

BBQ chicken French bread pizza

lunch | peppers, eggs, sweet potatoes

Hungry Harvest sent me a bunch of tiny sweet potatoes + multiple red peppers.

Peppers, eggs, and sweet potatoes.

lunch | peppers, eggs, sweet potatoes, II

Same meal, different day, different plate!

lunch | peppers, eggs, sweet potatoes.

lunch | sweet potatoes

More Hungry Harvest sweet potatoes, plus some leftover chicken sausage, a Hungry Harvest pear, and the last slice of Muenster cheese.

sweet potatoes, pears, and sausage for lunch.

Lunch | Spinach salad with leftover potatoes + fried eggs

I heated up some leftover roasted potatoes in a skillet, fried two eggs, and put them on top of spinach. Apple on the side. 🙂

green salad with eggs and potatoes.

lunch | turkey sandwich

This one used the last of the turkey, plus a Hungry Harvest pear and some Hungry Harvest carrots. Aldi hummus for the carrots.

Turkey sandwich on a plate with produce and hummus.

lunch | leftover curry

Sometimes food-waste-fighting is extremely basic: heat up leftovers!

Sweet potato curry in a glass bowl.

lunch | chicken salad

Leftover brineraded chicken, lettuce, and leftover basil mayo sauce.

Brined chicken salad in a metal bowl.

And that wraps up this collection!

Want more? Here’s the first edition of my breakfast/lunch series.

And here’s the second edition.

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