Leftovers are Heroes on Earth Day and everyday

So if you follow me (which I hope you do!) or if you know me, then you know I love leftovers especially now that I’m a busy mom balancing cooking, cleaning or dancing salsa with baby J  all at the same time. Leftovers not only help me save time because the food is already made, but they help me eat out less because I know I have a quick healthy and yummy in a blink of an eye when I get home, help me save money, and last but not least, they help us save the planet! How? By reducing our food waste and giving the oven a rest for the night!

So how do we make the most of our leftovers, get healthier, save money, and help the planet at the same time? I’ll give you some tips that are from my book Pregnancy from the Heart's section called“Eating out vs Cooking at home”. Tips: I always recommend cooking extra of everything, for example, roasting batches of veggies to use throughout the week, homemade dressing that can be stored in the fridge, pancakes, waffles and pastries that can be frozen, as well as cooking extra quinoa, rice and all other grains. This will help us have our tools ready and when it’s time to eat or you just need a snack, you can put these together to create a great meal while minimalizing your food waste! 

Example: Various dishes that can be made from cooking extra rice and extra beans

Using brown rice as a porridge in the morning...


Cooking some black beans and mixing in the brown rice ...


Blending those black beans into a dip for a healthy snack or light dinner...



This is just an example on how to use those leftovers into different dishes! In my book, you will find more inspiration on how leftovers are heroes, for ex.  using quinoa to make porridge in the morning or mixing it with some eggs and greens, then having it for lunch in a collard green wrap and then with some lentils for dinner! The trick is to always have extra and just let your imagination run free!  This way, you stay healthy, save money, and help the planet one meal at a time!

The trick is to always make extra for endless options!  This way, you stay healthy, save money, and help the planet one meal at a time!

For recipes and more cool things and inspiration check our my BOOK!

Lauren Arboleda