Mrs Green recycles breakfast

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porridgeI’ve recycled and reused a number of items in my time.

From the more ‘usual’ plastic bottles, tin cans and aluminium foil to the more unusual:

crisp packets, toothpaste tubes and broken plates for example…

I’m also well known for my love of viewing today’s leftovers as tomorrow’s ingredients and squirrelling things in the ‘fridge ready to be used at a moments notice.

I learned through you lovely people that you could reheat chips , at Grandma Green’s Birthday party I saved pizza and chicken from landfill by bringing it home to eat, and I once reheated some porrage with no ill effect.

This week Little Miss Green and I hit a bit of a battle over the breakfast table.

She’d suffered from eyes-bigger-than-belly syndrome and left half a bowl of porrage. <gasp>

I told her she’d have to finish it off when she came in from school to which she audibly groaned.

Funnily enough, that very evening she didn’t WANT anything when she came in from school… Strange that; as normally she walks through the door with hollow legs that need feeding…

Being a woman who can bide her time, I ceased my opportunity after dinner, when Little Miss Green asked what else there was to eat:

I went off to the kitchen, found the left over porrage, added a couple of squares of chocolate, a dash of cream, a squirt of agave syrup and some vanilla extract then reheated it.


I presented it to her with a flourish…

“What is it?” she asked, peering into the bowl.

“Chocolate pudding.” I replied, handing her a spoon.

And after an empty bowl and a smile on her face, I don’t think she was any the wiser 😉

What ‘leftover’ have you used as an ingredient recently?

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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. CarSue says:

    I had a bit of black bean soup left over a few weeks ago. It wasn’t really enough to make a whole bowl for the both of us, so I heated it up and poured it over some nachos with diced onions, peppers, and mushrooms, added a bit of shredded lettuce and cheese, and we had …. nachos supreme! It was delicious.

  2. Naomi says:

    The same. I think? It was cooked steel cut oats here. My husband didn’t eat his portion one morning so I added some protein powder, cinnamon and sweetener, rolled it into balls, flattened them a bit, and had it for breakfast the next morning. Yummy!

  3. Carrie says:

    Ooh, your post made me so hungry, what with the chocolate leftover breakfast pud, that I had to go and eat something. Guess what is was? You got it! Leftovers!

    Thanks for the yummy post :O)

  4. how about re-purposing lame roasted veges which have lost their luster, but not their flavor? a childhood fave ; a spoon of olive oil, onion slices, sausage bits or beef bites from another life as a roast…cut up veges, quick stir fry onion and perhaps mushrooms as well and add the potatoes, carrots etc, sprinkle parmesan atop or parsley and you have a second hand entree…
    many such small servings end up as impromptu meals when there are too many containers sitting on hold in the middle shelf..

    thanks for reminding me to make some oatmeal more often..or puddin’

  5. Mrs Green says:

    @CarSue: Sounds perfect Sue!

    @Naomi: Another great idea, thanks Naomi 🙂

    @Carrie: Yay for leftovers; some of our best meals are made that way!

    @nadine sellers: sounds like a lovely comfort meal, Nadine …

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