One Very Simple Way To Make Thanksgiving Less Wasteful

If all else fails, or you don’t have time to run to the store yet another time, you can tell your guests to bring their own containers so that they can take some of the bounty off your hands. 

Still stuck with more turkey and yams than you can even begin to deal with? This can be a great opportunity to get creative with leftover-centric recipes that go beyond the traditional turkey sandwich. We’ve got some ideas here. You can always compost some of your leftovers, too.

And most Thanksgiving favorites freeze surprisingly well. According to The Kitchn, only your green bean casserole — and obviously any salads — won’t be a solid candidate for the freezer. 

Pies are also not a good idea to freeze — who wants soggy pie crust? — so you may as well chow down on some pumpkin pie for breakfast the next day.

If anyone asks why you’re eating dessert for breakfast, tell them you’re doing it for the good of the planet — and, in the spirit of the holiday, be sure to offer them a piece, too.

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Joseph Erbentraut covers promising innovations and challenges in the areas of food and water. In addition, Erbentraut explores the evolving ways Americans are identifying and defining themselves. Follow Erbentraut on Twitter at @robojojo. Tips? Email joseph.erbentraut@huffingtonpost.com.

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