As we roll into the home stretch of zero waste week I wanted to share ideas for one of the most frequent items of food waste in our home before our zero waste challenge. It was either tinned tomatoes, passata or jars of tomato based sauce – the kind you use for making pasta sauces. Anything tomatoey in a word.
I would make one meal out of them and then find the remaining ingredients in the fridge, sporting a green jacket, a week or so later.
T’other week I made three meals from one jar of tomato-based sauce and, as our post on reducing pesto waste was so popular, I thought I would share my ideas here.
As ever I would love to hear your comments and recipe suggestions.
The first meal was a sausage casserole. This is a staple ‘Love your leftovers’ meal at zero waste towers. I mixed up a fried onion, some diced carrots and potatoes, left over sliced sausage and added leftover gravy and some tomatoes. Throw it all in a saucepan or the slow cooker and leave it until you’re ready to eat.
The next dish was pizza! Instead of using tomato puree, I used some of these tomatoes as the base. I added chopped peppers and covered with cheese before cooking.
The final meal was minced beef. Following one of Maisie’s ideas I fried some minced beef with carrots and peppers, padded it out with some cooked rice and lentils and added the remaining tomatoes. That was served with mashed potatoes and sweetcorn, which Little miss green wolfed down. It ended up being pretty frugal too.
So there you have it; three recipes to use up a large jar of tomatoes or passata – all of which could be easily adapted to vegetarian options.
What about you? Do you have some ideas to share? How would you use up a tin of tomatoes or jar of tomato sauce?
Over on Pixiepine blog, Caroline has been cooking up a vegan storm for zero waste week; find out what she made with some sad looking kale and wilting spring onions.
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