Oh, I shudder to think of some of my old bad habits…
There was the crazy frosty blue eyeshadow…
…and the pager I used to carry…
…and don’t even get me started on the musicians I used to date!
Luckily, I’ve outgrown those, along with another nasty habit that I’m really not proud of: wasting food.
There once was a time when I wouldn’t think twice about tossing leftovers or produce that probably wasn’t going to get used. A half a box of this, a half a bag of that – right into the trash.
But now that we’ve decided that buying whole, organic foods is right for our family, I just don’t take food as lightly as I used to. If I invest in a bag of organic apples, you can bet that I am going to use every last one. Now that I’m conscious about our food choices, food just seems so much less disposable.
Take this week, for instance. I roasted a chicken on the weekend, so I had a pretty good amount of leftover chicken to use up. My counter almost always hosts a few apples and onions waiting for a little love, not to mention the loaf of organic bread that I struggle to get through every time I buy it. Couple those ingredients with a busy worknight with no time to cook, and you’ve got the perfect storm for my favorite, super-simple Apple Chicken Salad recipe!
Just chop the chicken in the chopper or food processor, empty it into a bowl, then chop a large apple and 1/2 of a sweet onion, and mix them all together.
Add your favorite mayo or mayo substitute, and a little salt and pepper, then scoop!
I know. It’s not rocket science. But, this recipe is a winner with my husband, and I love knowing I made a whole meal out of things I didn’t waste (and it’s just as good the second time around!) Especially when I pair it with little cakes made from leftover mashed potatoes…
And, to top it all off, the finely chopped chicken and sweet apples make it totally toddler-friendly! Can you tell?
If you’re looking for a way to use up leftover spinach and those little bits of shredded cheese in the bottom of the bag, check out my Mommy and Me Spinach Mozzarella Bites recipe, too!
Cutting down on waste is going to be big for me in the new year. Tell me: do you try to limit the food you waste? What’s your favorite way to use up leftovers?