I'm sure you're probably busy with last minute holiday plans. Wrapping, travelling, cooking, and in general trying to squeeze in a week of activities into two days. But I'm going to ask you to take just a few minutes to plan for after the holidays - when there are those bowls and plates of leftovers.
Ever hosted a gathering (of any type) where there aren't leftovers? Not me - even with careful planning. What happens to the extra food? Is it dismissed to the back of the fridge not to see daylight until it's too late? Did you know 40% of the food produced in the United States goes uneaten? We can be better stewards of our edible resources than that!
Recently Minnesota Public Radio hosted an engaging conversation on ways to reduce food waste during the holiday season with Eureka Recycling in the Twin Cities. I loved their idea of using glass jars to send leftovers home with guests. Heck, I like the idea of sending home leftovers, period! Being able to warm up some supper on a busy night doesn't just fill our stomachs, it fills our hearts with the memories of the gathering, AND saves us time! Win. Win. Win.
Enjoy the food - both eating and sharing. We are so lucky to have excess - there are many who don't.
What's your favorite way to use up party leftovers? Inquiring minds want to know.....
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