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24 Ways To Stretch Leftover Vegetables, Fruits, And Other Perishables

These are kinda brilliant.

1. Turn two overripe bananas into a half-dozen muffins.

2. Or peel bananas, freeze them, and make healthy soft-serve.

3. Cook wrinkly tomatoes down into 10-minute pasta sauce.

4. Oven-roast leftover garlic then slather it on toast or baguettes.

5. Turn dry-ish limes into ready-made margarita starters.

6. Wrap overripe fruit in pre-made pastry dough for the world's easiest dessert.

7. Puree past-their-prime greens (like spinach or kale) then freeze them into smoothie boosters.

8. Boost any fresh or frozen veggies with this all-purpose 3-ingredient sauce.

9. Freeze about-to-wilt herbs in olive oil, then use them as ready-made recipe starters.

10. Or toss herbs into a food processor with olive oil + cheese to make pesto.

11. Pile this-and-that veggie scraps into quick fritters.

12. Or throw leftover veggies into a clear-the-fridge frittata.

13. Or if you've got more odds and ends than actual vegetables, make broth.

14. Cook down mushy berries into stovetop jam.

15. Turn your last shallot, lemon, and garlic clove into an all-purpose bean marinade.

16. Freeze leftover boxed broth into cubes.

17. Quick-pickle crunchy veg — red onions, radishes, jalapeños — then use as taco toppers.

18. Turn yogurt + berries into frozen fruit pops.

19. Pile leftover vegetables or meat into DIY pizzas.

20. Upgrade ramen noodles with rotisserie chicken scraps + boxed broth + any veg you have on hand.

21. Use leftover marinara sauce as the base of shortcut shakshuka.

22. Turn the last of the Greek yogurt into shortcut alfredo sauce.

23. Wilt greens down — then add a few non-perishables to make it a full meal.

24. Use that last lemon to clean your microwave.