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4 Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Leftover Produce

A little creativity, a little planning and your taste buds will be happy you had that leftover produce.

During the summer you can get some fantastic produce in the stores or at local farmer's markets. The choices are endless, and when you see a deal you want to stock up. But like all good things, the produce eventually meets its end. You know the time is coming, so what can you do with that leftover produce?

Salads

Let's start off with the basics. Lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, onions, and cucumber are pretty standard salad veggies. But why stop there? Throw on some fruit for a sweet taste apples, grapes, strawberries, oranges, peaches, and pears all can be chopped up and thrown in with veggies. Add a salty kick with some nuts, croutons or even some feta or blue cheese as well.

Have leftover roasted vegetables from dinner? Throw those in a salad as well! The variety of a roasted veggie that can be served warm or cold can add great flavor and texture to your regular old salad.

Juices and Smoothies

A little bit of this, a little bit of that, add some liquid and blend away for a quick and easy meal or snack in the morning or to take with you out the door. There really are no rules when it comes to juicing/blending or making a smoothie. Some combos are better than others, but you won't know until you try. Then when you find a combo you love, make baggies with one serving and freeze them for easy grabbing.

Omelets, Frittatas, or Egg Muffins

Chop them up, whisk up some eggs, a little salt and pepper and you have a quick, healthy and delicious meal. You can make it into a scramble, or an omelet if you have that flip mastered. Put your ingredients together and bake them with or without a crust into a frittata. Or for a quick breakfast, make egg muffins in advance and then just heat them up in the microwave.

Pizzas and Quesadillas

You can't go wrong by adding a tortilla or pizza crust and cheese to your favorite produce. Some fruits such as apples and pears also hold up well to baking and may be a great choice for some leftover fruit.

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