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Hero Recipes

Need to clear out some space in your fridge and freezer? Get inspired to use up all those lingering bits and leftovers with a Hero Recipe, designed to put them all to good use.

Watch above as Chef Jim McCarthy walks us through his favorite "Hero Recipe" for Moroccan Chickpea Stew, using up a range of vegetables and some leftover meat.

Chef McCarthy's video is just one of the amazing resources from the Virtual ReCook Cafe, an event that showcased a number of chefs' "favorite tips, tricks, techniques, and more to help home cooks get the most out of their food," put on by Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association (NEWMOA) and Northeast Recycling Council (NERC). 

You may not know it, but you might already have a favorite Hero Recipe. Whether it's a fried rice, soup, fritatta, shepherd's pie, or a good old fashioned casserole, what's your go-to recipe for using up the last bits of ingredients and leftovers in your fridge?

Additional Recipes

reinvent wrinkly tomatoes into a tasty side dish
Roasted Tomatoes
Reviving Mac & Cheese
Use up excess carrots to make a healthy carrot bread
Carrot Bread
Smoothies are a great way to make use of overripe and surplus ingredients.
Smoothies
​Carrot Top Salsa Verde
Pasta Frittata
many ways to use up those beautiful, sometimes giant, zucchinis
Zucchini Recipes
Make preserved lemons to gift to friends or just to keep on hand for a tasty addition to dishes
Preserved Lemons