Leftovers from around the world: Make delicious vegetable leftovers

You do not need to throw away leftovers. Instead, you can save resources and use the leftovers to make nutritious and tasty new dishes. We present five recipe ideas for you.

Maybe there are some boiled potatoes, rice or pasta left over from yesterday. Or you will find just some soft carrots and half a zucchini in the fridge. You may also notice that the bread is quite hard or that the fruit has soft spots.

But all these remnants do not have to go in the trash: Um food waste counteract them, you can recycle them and use them to make a wide variety of dishes. Most regional cuisines offer traditional and tasty recipes especially for using up leftovers.

Note: Although groceries already do best before date exceeded, you do not have to throw them away yet. The date only tells you which day a food is at least edible. As a rule, most foods can be eaten for a long time, sometimes even for a very long time after the expiration date. Therefore, it is better to trust your senses. Only when food smells or tastes unpleasant or you can even see that mold has formed, you should keep your hands away.

Use of leftovers: potato and pasta salad

You can make a delicious and hearty potato salad from potatoes from the day before.
You can make a delicious and hearty potato salad from potatoes from the day before.
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Potato and pasta salads are typical dishes from German cuisine, which you can also take with you to the next party or picnic. They are cooked in a few simple steps and allow you to use up boiled potatoes and pasta from the day before.

  • For a hearty, hearty meal vegan potato salad it is enough if you add vegan mayo, onion, vinegar, oil and mustard to the potato pieces. You can then taste the salad with salt and pepper, nutmeg and parsley.
  • You can also do this simple dressing for one vegan pasta salad use. Then add finely chopped vegetables for example paprika, tomatoescucumber or beetroot added. You can also use leftover vegetables at the same time.
  • you have one more vegetable pan again from yesterday? You can also add these cold to your potato or pasta salad. You may need less dressing then.
  • Would you rather have an Italian pasta salad? Then add some pesto, dried tomatoes, olives and a dressing to the pasta olive oilvinegar and Italian herbs (basil, oregano).

Vegan leftovers: noodles or rice pan

Vegetable leftovers, boiled rice and spices become a healthy and delicious rice mixture.
Vegetable leftovers, boiled rice and spices become a healthy and delicious rice mixture.
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You can easily turn cooked noodles or rice and vegetable leftovers into a healthy and delicious rice or noodle pan. Continue as follows:

  1. Heat oil in a pan and fry a chopped onion in it. You can also add some garlic and ginger for an Asian batter.
  2. Also fry leftover vegetables and let them cook until almost done.
  3. Add cooked rice or cooked noodles and let them simmer briefly.
  4. Season the pan with salt and pepper.

For Italian flavors you can use green or red pesto and vegan parmesan Add. If you fancy an Indian dish, add some curry paste and a few tablespoons of coconut milk. You prepare a Chinese rice batter by adding a little soy sauce and sweet and sour sauce.

Vegan stew from leftovers

A pot is the perfect way to use up leftovers quickly and easily. The dish comes originally from Canadian and American cuisine. However, it is now popular all over the world.

  • For one vegan potato casserole (also known as gratin in France) you simply put pieces of potato and onion in a casserole dish and pour a vegan cream substitute (eg soy or oatmeal) over them. Then season with salt, pepper and herbs yeast flakes. Now pour vegan cheese spread over the potatoes, or use only chopped nuts. If the potatoes are already cooked, the pot is ready after only ten to 15 minutes. It is best to let it bake at 180 degrees Celsius in a convection oven.
  • If you have leftover cooked or fried vegetables from the day before, you can gratinate them in the same way.
  • A delicious stew can also be made from pasta, vegetables and vegan tomato or cream sauce.

Use old bread: poor knights

You can make a delicious dessert from stale bread.
You can make a delicious dessert from stale bread.
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poor knightalso known as french toast in the United States, is a great way to use up old bread.

  1. To do this, first make the mixture for the outer crust from soy or oat milk, a little cane sugar or syrup and vegetable oil. You can use soy flour or chickpea flour to replace the egg that is actually included in french toast. Alternatively, you can taste with cinnamon and vanilla.
  2. Put the bread slices in the mixture and let them soak until they are really soft and soaked.
  3. Now fry the soaked slices for several minutes on each side so that they are golden brown and crispy.
  4. Do you still have soft or overripe fruit that you no longer want to eat raw? Cut it up and fry it with a little vegetable oil until it is done and starts to break down. Add a sweetener of your choice and serve the compote with French Arms.

You can find more inspiration for recycling old bread here: Bread is not rubbish – this is how you can use stale bread.

Take advantage of leftover vegetables: quiche and pizza

You can also prepare vegan quiche and use leftover vegetables.
You can also prepare vegan quiche and use leftover vegetables.
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Whether it’s still raw or already cooked or fried – you can use leftover vegetables as a topping for a pizza or as a filling for a French quiche.

  • For a vegan quiche, you need puff pastry without eggs. For the filling, mix leftover vegetables with vegan cream, salt and spices. Vegan cheese spread or yeast flakes are suitable as a cheese substitute. You can find a recipe with exact quantities here: Vegan quiche: recipe without eggs.
  • You can also combine different vegetable leftovers on a pizza. To make pizza yourself, you need a solid yeast dough. As a rule, this is mostly vegan and does not require eggs. For a vegan pizza, you can either omit the cheese altogether or replace it with vegan cheese. You can find the exact recipe here: Vegan pizza: A recipe for pizza without cheese.

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