Reducing Food Waste (and Veggie Egg Cups recipe!)

Reducing Food Waste (and Veggie Egg Cups recipe!)

This month’s Recipe ReDux comes just in time to celebrate Earth Day this weekend. Fittingly, our theme this month is Easy Ways to Reduce Food Waste.

Tips for easy ways to reduce food waste that will save money in your grocery budget and help the environment, too. A super easy veggie egg cup or egg muffin recipe is included that you can customize with whatever foods need to be used! |earth day, nutrition, dietitian, healthy recipe, breakfast recipe, healthy breakfast, egg recipe, egg muffin recipe, veggies for breakfast, muffin tin use |

Confession: I’ve totally been guilty of wasting food. You know what I’m talking about. You buy those beautiful zucchini thinking you can finally make those trendy “zoodles” you’ve been seeing all over Pinterest. Except then your spiralizer breaks or you don’t feel like figuring out a new recipe, so you’ll just save it for another night. Except another night turns into another, and soon the zucchini are weird and wimpy in the back of your crisper drawer. Ew. Anyone else been here before?

Tips for easy ways to reduce food waste that will save money in your grocery budget and help the environment, too. A super easy veggie egg cup or egg muffin recipe is included that you can customize with whatever foods need to be used! |earth day, nutrition, dietitian, healthy recipe, breakfast recipe, healthy breakfast, egg recipe, egg muffin recipe, veggies for breakfast, muffin tin use |

We’re not alone. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, every year in the United States we waste about 31% (133 billion pounds) of our overall food supply. That is INSANE!!!

Reducing food waste at the individual consumer level is one of the biggest ways we can start making a difference. Additionally, you guys know I love to live frugally and mindfully. Focusing on lowering our food waste helps our budgets and creates a more mindful approach to our food and finances. Here are a few of my go-to reducing food waste tips:

  1. I love my freezer! I guess that should say I use my freezer. 😉 But it’s my number one trick for a reason.  When chicken or meat goes on sale, I can buy in bulk, come home, and portion individual servings into bags. That way, when it’s time to make a meal, I can thaw just what I need and be less likely to create waste. If I have leftovers and won’t be able to eat them soon, I freeze them for a future meal. When food looks like it’s getting close to its last leg, I freeze it. I actually will intentionally buy produce marked down because it’s at its use by day. Just last week I bought a bag of 6 bell peppers for $1 and came home, cut away a few bad spots, cut into strips, cooked, and portioned into 1/2 cup baggies that we can easily add to burrito bowls, fajitas, quesadillas, casseroles, omelets, and more.
  2. Get creative with what I have. I love cooking. Many nights my inspiration comes simply from what needs to be used. Sometimes this means zucchini noodles. Sometimes this means blending a bag of frozen peas with the last of that bag of spinach for a creamy green sauce for pasta. Other times it may mean blending strawberries into a dressing, like with my Strawberry Salmon Salad.
  3. Use overripe fruit as a natural sweetener. Overripe fruit, like bananas, pears, and apples, can be mashed into your oatmeal for added sweetness, or used as a fat substitute when baking.
  4. Buy intentionally. I always do a brief kitchen inventory before heading to the store. Seeing what I already have can help me create a list of meal ideas for the week and I can just buy a few things to round out what I’ll need for meals, recipe testing, and those staple foods like milk and eggs.

I recently was quoted in a Food & Wine Magazine blog post that talks about ways you can use foods past their prime. There are some great suggestions in there, so I’d recommend checking it out for more ideas! (Spoiler: expiring foods can be re-purposed in non-edible ways, too!)

Tips for easy ways to reduce food waste that will save money in your grocery budget and help the environment, too. A super easy veggie egg cup or egg muffin recipe is included that you can customize with whatever foods need to be used! |earth day, nutrition, dietitian, healthy recipe, breakfast recipe, healthy breakfast, egg recipe, egg muffin recipe, veggies for breakfast, muffin tin use |

I also wanted to share with you guys a recipe I made a while ago that has become a total go to. Why is that? Because it’s very customizable, kind of like a “kitchen sink” recipe – use what you have! With these veggie egg cups, I used veggies I needed to use, like an older bell pepper, asparagus, mushrooms, and beet greens. You can use whatever vegetables you have on hand, or even try one of these ideas for inspiration:

  • Taco Egg Cups: spinach, tomato, black beans, corn, chili powder, cumin, and garlic
  • Mediterranean Egg Cups: red onion, green bell pepper, tomato, arugula, feta cheese, garlic, and oregano
  • Green Eggs & Ham Egg Cups: spinach, kale, zucchini, green bell pepper, broccoli, and diced Canadian bacon

Tips for easy ways to reduce food waste that will save money in your grocery budget and help the environment, too. A super easy veggie egg cup or egg muffin recipe is included that you can customize with whatever foods need to be used! |earth day, nutrition, dietitian, healthy recipe, breakfast recipe, healthy breakfast, egg recipe, egg muffin recipe, veggies for breakfast, muffin tin use |

There’s a lot of ways you can have fun with these. Think of it as a base recipe that you can DIY. 😉 Have your kids help, too! Let your kids go through your fridge to find vegetables that need to be used. Talk to them about the importance of food waste. Kids are far more eager to help and get creative with us in the kitchen than we give them credit for!

Tips for easy ways to reduce food waste that will save money in your grocery budget and help the environment, too. A super easy veggie egg cup or egg muffin recipe is included that you can customize with whatever foods need to be used! |earth day, nutrition, dietitian, healthy recipe, breakfast recipe, healthy breakfast, egg recipe, egg muffin recipe, veggies for breakfast, muffin tin use |

Let me know what creations and veggie combinations you guys come up with! Share a picture to the Nutrition to Fit Facebook page, or share on Instagram with #nutritiontofit.

Tips for easy ways to reduce food waste that will save money in your grocery budget and help the environment, too. A super easy veggie egg cup or egg muffin recipe is included that you can customize with whatever foods need to be used! |earth day, nutrition, dietitian, healthy recipe, breakfast recipe, healthy breakfast, egg recipe, egg muffin recipe, veggies for breakfast, muffin tin use |

Yield: 12 egg muffins

Customizable Veggie Egg Cups

10 minPrep Time:

20 minCook Time:

30 minTotal Time:

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups chopped vegetables
  • 2 teaspoons oil (olive, coconut, grapeseed, etc.)
  • 12 eggs
  • salt + pepper to taste
  • Optional other add ins: fresh herbs, dry herbs, spices, cheese, beans, etc.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a muffin tin by spraying each compartment with nonstick spray. Set muffin tin aside.
  2. Heat a skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add the oil.
  4. When the oil is hot (it'll smell a little more fragrant and look a little shinier), add your vegetables.
  5. Stir chopped vegetables off and on, and cook for a few minutes, or until vegetables are tender. NOTE: cook time will vary based on what vegetables you use. Chopped spinach is going to cook down much faster than onion or bell pepper.
  6. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs together with a pinch of salt and pepper, and any other spices you may want to add.
  7. Divide the vegetable mixture evenly between the 12 muffin tin compartments.
  8. Pour egg mixture over the vegetables, dividing evenly between the 12 muffin tin compartments.
  9. If you want to add a little cheese, feel free to sprinkle a teaspoon or so on top of each egg muffin.
  10. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until eggs are set (they don't jiggle in the middle).
  11. Once cooled, they can be stored in an airtight container for 4-5 days in the refrigerator.
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Tips for easy ways to reduce food waste that will save money in your grocery budget and help the environment, too. A super easy veggie egg cup or egg muffin recipe is included that you can customize with whatever foods need to be used! |earth day, nutrition, dietitian, healthy recipe, breakfast recipe, healthy breakfast, egg recipe, egg muffin recipe, veggies for breakfast, muffin tin use |

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