It also results in 122,000 tonnes of edible food going to landfill and generating greenhouse gases.
Tasman District Council is proud to be part of the national Love Food Hate Waste NZ campaign which aims to turn this around, by inspiring and enabling people to waste less food.
Aside from being warming, filling and comforting, we love soups because they are a great way to either use up leftover or vegetables that are no longer at their best. Soups are very forgiving - you can freehand quantities and add in all sorts of odds and ends but still create something delicious.
Here’s some tips for turning leftovers into soups:
Time: 60 minutes
Unlike other leek and potato soup recipes, this one uses the green leek leaves as well as the white part of the leek to give you more bang for your buck and to reduce food waste.
3 large potatoes
1 large leek
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
4 cups vegetable stock
1 cup milk
200g bacon (optional)
This makes a chunky soup, but if you would like it smooth, you can use a blender or food processor in step 6.
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