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Enjoy these "Berry" Special Recipes to Reduce Food Waste at Home!

Updated: Jul 18, 2023

Nearly 40% of all food produced is wasted. In the USA, that represents $161 Billion in wasted resources. Most of that food waste comes from our homes!

Learning to shop with a list, serve good food, store food safely, and share your bounty with friends and family are important steps in reducing food waste.

This weekend Hamilton County R3Source and our partners at Food for the Soul, Invito Personal Chef, Cincinnati Public Schools, Our Daily Bread, and Findlay Market invite you to make some fun, upcycled recipes for your friends and family!

Wasted Food Stops With Us!

Soul Roll


  • Ground Beef

  • 1 Bag of slaw/cabbage mix

  • 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese

  • 1 Pk. Dry Onion Soup Mix

  • One package of egg roll wrappers

  • Franks Sweet Chili Sauce

  • Vegetable oil


  1. In a large skillet, add the ground beef, cook the meat, stirring occasionally until brown. Once the beef is brown, remove it from the heat, drain, and set it aside.

  2. In the same skillet with the cooked beef, add soup onion soup mix and stir to mix, add slaw (about 8 oz), then add the cheese and mix all together.

  3. Once the mixture has cooled, add two heaping tablespoons of the mixture to each egg roll wrapper.

  4. Roll the egg rolls (instructions on the back of the egg roll wrapper package) and seal them. In a large frying pan or wok, heat the oil to medium heat. Fry the egg rolls for 1-2 minutes or until brown making sure not to overcrowd the pan.

  5. Once the egg rolls are brown, remove them from the pan and place them on a paper towel to drain the excess oil. Allow them to cool for a few minutes before serving.

  6. Serve them with Frank’s Sweet Chili Hot Sauce for dipping.

Waffle Parfait


Faux Mousse:

  • 3.4 ounces instant pudding mix

  • 1/2 cup skim milk

  • 8 ounces Cool Whip, DIVIDE IN HALF

No Cook Fruit Sauce:

  • About 4 cups fresh or frozen fruit, any berries you like

  • Add about 1-1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

  • a pinch of salt

  • few splashes of citrus juice (zest is nice too!)

  • You can use any poundcake, cheesecake, cookies, whatever for the base.


Faux Mousse:

  1. Beat the pudding mix w/ milk, then add half of CoolWhip, blend well.

  2. Add the remaining CoolWhip and fold in gently. You have a faux mousse!

No Cook Fruit Sauce:

  • Toss this together and let stand for at least a half hour, preferably overnight if frozen fruit is used and not thawed first

    • You can use a potato masher, or a food processor/blender to break down your fruit.

    • Add a bit more sugar if you need it sweeter. Set aside.

  • Layer with fruit sauce and mousse!

  • Parfait!

Roasted Pear with Sweet Potato and Cheese

Students cooking recipe


  • 1 sweet potato (sliced)

  • 1 pear

  • 4 slices hard cheese (Parmigian, Pecorino, Cheddar, Gruyere, etc.)

  • 2 slices white onion


  1. On a grill or in a skillet roast the sliced sweet potato for about 20 minutes, until soft

  2. Once soft, roast the onion and the pear making sure to brown on all sides

  3. Slice the pear open and insert slices of cheese

  4. put onion and sweet potato on the side

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