I don’t know about you guys, but I grew up being extremely aware of not wasting food. My sister and I were members of “the clean plate club” which earned us a star on the sticker board after each meal was completely polished off. And, if you didn’t eat every morsel on your plate, you were reminded of all the starving children in the world who were not as fortunate as you.
I’m convinced that growing up with this guilt/remorse mindset, I’ve managed to keep a few extra pounds on in my adulthood. To this day, I simply refuse to waste food. It’s an unconscious act. I’ve taught my kids how to make something out of the nothing in the fridge, hoping that they too, will mindful of waste and over consumption.
That being said, I’ve gotten pretty creative with leftovers. Below, is a creative way to use leftover soft tacos. With a box of 14 and a family of four, we always have at least 4 soft taco shells left over. Typically, we’ll use them the next day for breakfast burritos. However, I came up with an idea to use them for a snack–“burrito chips”.
Preheat your oven between 400-425 degrees
Use a pizza cuter to slice the burrito in to eight pie slices
Use a baking tray and spray with olive oil, avocado oil or any tasty oil (stay away from aerosol cooking sprays as they don’t add nutritional benefit or flavor, and they’re not good for the environment!)
Place the burrito pieces on the tray and spray with olive oil or other flavorful oil. Sprinkle your favorite spices on the chips (I like Himalayan salt, cracked pepper and turmeric but you can use just about anything)
Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown
Let the chips cool and store in an airtight baggie or container