First of all you must be asking, when is earth day? This year it is Monday April 22, 2013. While it is not a holiday it is still a day to gently remind yourself and other’s how our everyday habits can really affect our environment.
With some help from our friends at Nature’s Own, Close to Home has come up with some uses of those bread loaf heels that are often put in the trash. Also what to do with the loaf that gets a little to hard and you end up throwing that away.
In honor of Earth Day we are going to share a few ideas of what to do with left over bread and share a recipe for an amazing afternoon snack sure to put a smile, like this one,on your child’s face.
SOLUTION #1: You can bring these scraps to the duck pond for an activity. (I often put these pieces along with ones that got a little moldy into a freezer bag in the freezer for those spontaneous trips).
- For the sandwich bread pieces you can toast them in the toaster or oven to dry them out some, not burnt, then place into a food processor and pulse to a crumb consistency.
- For the large chunks of crusty bread, that probably naturally hardened up, you can simply use a box grater to get crumbs or slice and place into the food processor as well.
- Store the crumbs in a plastic bag or container to use in your favorite recipes. The crumbs will stay fresh for about a week outside the fridge. In the fridge they may get soggy but can be used in any recipe that calls for bread crumbs as a filler not used as a coating, ie. Meatballs, meatloaf.
SOLUTION #3 Make Gooey Peanut Butter S’Mores for an after school snack.
- 2 heels of Nature’s Own 100% Whole Wheat Bread 2 to 3 tablespoons of creamy peanut butter and Nutella (make your own ratio combo)
- 1⁄2 (1.55 oz) milk chocolate bar If too much chocolate skip this or the nutella but not both!!
- 2 large marshmallows, cut in half (we used smaller ones left over from Easter and just sprinkled a few on.
- Adjust over rack to about 8 inches from broiler unit. Preheat broiler
- Lightly toast bread heels in toaster. Place on small baking sheet. Cool
slightly. (placed on foil lined pans helps with clean up)
- Spread Crust-sides of both bread heels evenly with peanut butter Nutella mixture.
- Place chocolate bar on 1 bread heel and marshmallow halves on other
heel. We also experimented with banana.
- Broil 1 to 1-1/2 minutes just until marshmallows begin to brown. Remove
from over and cool about 2 minutes before closing sandwich. Don’t go answer the door here it will burn.
It done correctly it will ooze out like this!! The kids won’t even notice you used the heals as they are now inside the sandwich!!
- Cook’s Note: Be sure to adjust over rack position as directed. Marshmallows will burn if they are too close to the broiler. Watch marshmallows carefully while broiling.
This was a huge hit with my kids. We even thought of adding some bananas to the mixture. They actually fought over the raisin bread which was a little surprising. If you have allergies I am sure any other nut butter would work just as well.
Check out all of Nature’s Own great bread products. I recently tried their toasters and loved them with a little cream cheese. What Nature’s Own Product do you like the best?
Head over to the Giveaway from Nature’s Own HERE> Thanks to the folks at Natures Own I was provided samples in exchange for an honest review. All the opinions expressed were my own.
What do you do with left over bread? What does earth day mean to your kids?