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Cooking with Leftovers!

What happens when you have left over food? Does it get thrown out, or do you save it for later? Reduce food waste by inventing new recipes using leftovers you might find in your fridge!

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  • What leftover food could you find in your fridge?
  • What kind of recipes can you make that will use the leftovers in your fridge?
  • What can you do with food that can’t be reused?


  • Start by thinking of what leftovers you often find in your fridge.
  • Using your list of leftovers, work in groups to invent creative new recipes! Some ideas include a recipe for a soup or a casserole.
  • By using leftovers instead of throwing them out we can reduce food waste.


  • What other methods can we use to reduce food waste?
  • If you were able to cook your recipes, which was your favorite.
  • Do leftovers often get thrown out in your house?
  • Remember to submit your activities on our Scouts for Sustainability Take Action Map

Keep it Simple

  • For a quicker activity, you can brainstorm recipe ideas together instead of splitting into groups.

Take it Further

  • Now that you’ve invented your recipes, it’s time to test them out! Try cooking your recipe at home the next time you have leftovers in your fridge.