Edible garbage

Fun with food

Teach your kids to generate less food waste by making Landfill Layers or Recycled Soup – two recipes that are handy for using up leftovers.

As your children help prepare your meal, explain that part of being responsible with the resources God has given you means creating less waste. Discuss how people create a lot of food waste by throwing out leftovers that could easily be used for another meal.

Landfill Layers

  • Layer 1: Fill the bottom of a 9 x13″ baking pan with a layer of leftover pasta, dry bread cubes, rice or diced baked potatoes.
  • Layer 2: Beat together four eggs, ¼ cup of milk, ½ tsp salt and pepper to taste. Pour the mix on top of the first layer.
  • Layer 3: Spread on a layer of pre-cooked beef, chicken or turkey.
  • Layer 4: Firmly press cauliflower or broccoli florets down into the first three layers.
  • Layer 5: Sprinkle a layer of grated cheddar or mozzarella cheese on the top.
  • Bake at 350 ˚F for approximately 45 minutes. Your meal is done when a knife inserted into the middle of the casserole comes out clean.

Recycled Soup

In a large pot, stir together:

1 carton of chicken or beef broth, depending on what meat leftovers you have
1 cup of diced or browned meat (pre-cooked)
2 cups of pre-cooked veggies
2 cups of rice, pasta or quartered potatoes (pre-cooked)
1 Tbsp onion flakes or ¼ fresh onion, browned
1 clove garlic, minced
½ tsp salt

Simmer for 10 minutes, or until all ingredients are heated through.