How to Reduce Food Waste With This Easy Stir Fry

Food waste is a major problem in many countries around the world. In fact, it is estimated that approximately one-third of all food produced globally goes to waste. This not only has negative environmental consequences but also has serious economic and social implications. One of my favorite ways to combat food waste in my own home is by making stir fry at the end of each week with my leftover veggies and meat. This easy stir fry can be made with virtually any combination of vegetables and meat, making it the perfect meal for using up leftovers! Plus, it can be adapted for many food allergies and dietary restrictions.

Easy Stir Fry

Why You’ll Love This Easy Stir Fry

It’s so easy to make!

You can use any veggies and meat you have on hand.

It helps you to use up your leftovers at the end of the week!

It’s delicious!

It is easily adaptable for many dietary restrictions or food allergies.

It helps you reduce your food waste and save money!

Equipment Needed

All you need to make this easy stir fry is a pot and a pan!

Ingredients Needed for This Easy Stir Fry

Vegetables: This will depend on which veggies you have leftover from the week! My favorite vegetables lately to purchase for my weekly meals are onions, asparagus, zucchini, fennel and yellow squash.

Rice: I like to use white rice for this, but you can use any kind of rice you have on hand. I also like to use quinoa! I love buying my gluten-free staples from Thrive Market because they have great deals and they deliver right to your doorstep! If you use my link, you can get 40% off your first box.

Meat: You can use any meat you have on hand or any meat you would like to use up from the week! I like to throw in some rotisserie chicken!

Nuts: If you have any nuts on hand, throw them in. This adds a nice crunch! I prefer hazelnuts or cashews.

Garlic: This adds a great flavor. If you don’t have fresh garlic, you can use garlic powder!

Salt: As you all know, my absolute favorite salt is Redmond Real Salt and if you use my discount code LESSWITHLAUR you can get 15% off their website.

Sauce: Obviously, we love a good sauce. I like to use coconut aminos on my stir fry. My favorite brand is Bragg’s because theirs is not fermented, so it is lower in histamine than other options. It does contain ACV though (just a note for my histamine intolerant friends).

How to Make This Easy Stir Fry

To make this easy stir fry, all you need to do is cook the vegetables, nuts and meat in a pan (if the meat is raw pre-cook it). Add in garlic and salt. Make your rice according to instructions on the package. Top your rice with veggies, meat and sauce. Enjoy! I like to top mine with basil and sprouts for extra nutrients!

Substitutions and Variations

This recipe is super adaptable! The purpose of it is to find an easy way to get rid of your leftovers from the week so that you can reduce your food waste while also enjoying a delicious and nutritious meal. Feel free to experiment with different sauces!

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Be sure to try these gluten-free and dairy-free dinner options next:

Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Buffalo Chicken Bake

Blueberry Hazelnut Chicken Salad

Easy Stir Fry

How to Reduce Food Waste With This Easy Stir Fry

Looking to reduce food waste? Try this easy stir fry hack!
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Course Dinner
Servings 2 servings
Calories 300 kcal


  • 1 cup mixed veggies
  • 2 cups rice
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • Dash salt
  • coconut aminos (to taste)
  • 1/2 cup nuts (optional)
  • 3/4 cup meat, pre-cooked (optional)


  • Cook vegetables, meat, garlic (or sprinkle with garlic powder) and nuts in a pan on medium heat until browned.
  • Prepare rice according to packag
  • Pour mixture over rice.
  • Top with sauce and enjoy!


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Calories: 300kcal
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