Food Waste Stories

Top tips for a leftover lunches

Thursday 30th January 2014

Every day in the UK we throw away the equivalent of:

  • 5.8 million whole potatoes
  • 1.4 million whole bananas
  • 1.5 million whole tomatoes
  • 24 million whole slices of bread
  • 1.5 million sausages
  • 1.9 million slices of ham
  • 1.1 million eggs 

… just from our homes and all of which could have been used to make tasty lunches to take to work, school, university – the list goes on. Why throw away good food just because we've let it go off on us and then have to go out and buy more for lunch! 

So how do you enjoy a free lunch? LFHW have come up with some top tips to get you started...

  • Got a small amount leftover from last night’s dinner? These smaller amounts are often perfect for lunch – just pop them in a tub and keep in the fridge for lunch the next day

  • If you have a microwave at your disposal, a jacket potato can 
    transform a few scraps from the fridge into a tasty and filling lunch.
    Top it with leftovers such as bolognese, chilli, roasted vegetables, beans, or use up bits of cheese, cold meats, tuna … the possibilities are endless!
  • Not only can soup be a healthy option, it is also a great way to use up virtually anything that is left in the fridge. Wilting veggies, odd bits of cheese, leftover meats and fish can all be turned into delicious nutritious soups.
  • Pitta breads make handy pockets for last night’s chicken stir-fry, or leftover roast vegetables and hummus. Yesterday’s Mexican beans or chilli con carne are great rolled up in a wrap.
  • Leftover cold pizza makes a yummy treat for lunch the next day! Add some chopped veg such as carrots or celery
  • Salads no longer mean a couple of soggy lettuce leaves and not much else. Leftover cold meats, the last bit of cheese, fruit, potatoes, pasta, and rice are all great in salads.Boiled eggs, shredded chicken, grated cheese, and even nuts… get creative!

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