I can never quite believe it when I read the statistics on food waste in the UK.
This isn’t down to the huge environmental impact it has, but simply because I am so greedy / thrifty that literally nothing ever gets wasted in my house. Like, how are people wasting this much food!?
Despite my eagerness to eat every last scrap that comes out of my fridge, I’m not a huge fan of heating up yesterday’s dinner for today’s lunch. Instead, I much prefer to use up the odds and ends in the bottom of my veg drawer to make something new.
Leftover meat, roasted veggies, that half an onion and couple of carrots that have been sitting in the fridge for a while? It’s all good for crisping up in a pan with some oil, herbs and spices to make a delicious hash – an easy meal that’s good for bunch, lunch, dinner – and especially after the pub!
What I love about a hash is that you don’t need a recipe, you don’t need to spend ages prepping, and you definitely don’t have to peel the veg (making it awesome for #compleating). It’s just a case of chopping equal sized cubes of whatever you fancy, and either frying in a pan or roasting in an oven.
And (as you’ll see from the pics below), although I always tend to start mine with fried garlic and onion, and top with a fried egg and a drizzle of sriracha, there’s no reason why you can’t be a bit more creative with yours!
Here are a few of my recent creations…
New potato, onion & crispy free-range bacon
You don’t need to use very much bacon to make a really delicious hash – one or two rashers will be plenty; the veg and potatoes should soak up all of that delicious favour.
2. Leftover roast potato & Christmas veg
If there is anything better than Boxing Day brunch eaten like this, I don’t know what it is. This is my favourite part of Christmas dinner – the next-day leftovers!
3. Sweet potato & onion, with grated cheddar & chilli
Carbs, cheese, veg and a fried egg. An easy week-night dinner which is actually, quite balanced! Use more or less chilli flakes depending on how spicy you like it.
4. King Edward potato, leek & free-range bacon
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Omg. After having a dinner consisting entirely of beer last night this was phenomenal & much needed! Riverford organic potato& leek hash with a few bits of bacon – topped with a fried egg and lots of sriracha! #FeedYourHappy #organic #riverfordveg #brunch #eggs #hotsauce #breakfast #egg
Breakfast of champions. My other half loves leeks so I always have loads in the fridge. This one would have been lush topped with some cheese, too.
5. Sweet potato & red pepper, topped with sliced avo
A healthier option, and the creamy avocado adds another dimension. This makes for a nice summery brunch – best eaten in the garden with a mimosa and a mug of tea!
This is a collaborative post with Love Food Hate Waste.