From eating your ugly veggies to composting, cutting down on聽food waste has become an important standard in the food world. Tell that to your neglected, too-dry-to-toast聽loaf of bread聽in the bread box. Yet there are ways you *can* give that seemingly retired loaf a second chance at life 鈥 and they鈥檙e all delicious. Here are 13聽of the best ways to polish off those last slices with ease.


1.聽Brioche Bread and Butter Pud: This bread pudding is based on a recipe by English chef Gary Rhodes. You won鈥檛 recognize your聽once-crusty loaf of brioche when聽it鈥檚 filled with decadent, homemade vanilla custard. Oh, and there鈥檚 not a raisin in sight. (via The Kitchen Alchemist)


2.聽Hyderabadi Double Ka Meetha: This traditional Indian bread pudding is typically served at celebrations and weddings. Unlike your average bread pudding, the recipe calls for ghee (clarified butter), cardamom and saffron. This calls for a party!聽 (via Whisk Affair)


3.聽Peach and Cherry Tomato Panzanella With Burrata Cheese: Juicy grilled peaches, tomatoes, balsamic vinegar and olive oil breathe new life into chewy bread in this panzanella. Top with creamy burrata, fresh mint and basil. It鈥檚 the perfect way to enjoy summer year round. (via Art de F锚te)


4.聽Tender Braised Italian Meatballs: For the most tender and moist meatballs, this recipe calls for fresh breadcrumbs. These breadcrumbs soak up moisture and sauce, making these meatballs a rewarding treat. It鈥檒l make you think of your Nonna, even if you never called your grandmother that. (via Just a Little Bit of Bacon)

5.聽Pumpkin French Toast: Dip thick slices of Texas toast into a mixture of pumpkin, eggs, milk, brown sugar, vanilla and the almighty pumpkin pie spice. The result is a flavorful French toast that will make your whole house smell heavenly, long after these are devoured.聽(via Two Peas and Their Pod)


6.聽Roasted Tomato and Bread Soup: This soup is ideal for most stale聽loaves: The dried-out, toasted bread lends a meaty texture to this roasted tomato soup. Topped with聽Parmigiano Reggiano to serve, this soup聽tastes nostalgic 鈥 almost like a grilled cheese sandwich dipped in tomato soup, all in one amazing bite. (via Alexandra聽Cooks)


7.聽Chocolate Almond Bread Pudding: This simple bread pudding gets dressed up聽with gooey melted chocolate and crunchy almonds. What鈥檚 even more delicious is how the top of the pudding crisps while the bottom becomes soft and custardy. (via Lovely Little Kitchen)


8.聽Homemade Croutons: When you think your bread has just about hit its expiration date, don鈥檛 worry 鈥 it hasn鈥檛. Cube your bread and toss with a good olive oil and dried herbs like oregano and thyme. For an extra flavor boost, add garlic powder and parmesan cheese. You鈥檒l want to put these croutons on everything (or munch on them straight from the pan). (via A Sweet Pea Chef)


9.聽Traditional Ribollita Recipe: Ribollita is a bean, vegetable and bread soup native to Tuscany. Though it鈥檚 traditionally an Italian peasant food, you鈥檒l feel like royalty when you eat this soup. The bread stews with the cannelini beans and veggies for hours,聽creating a hearty texture that鈥檚 bound to warm you up in the winter.聽(via Typical Domestic Babe)


10.聽Asian Inspired Meatloaf: This moist meatloaf, coated with an addicting hoisin, ketchup and Sriracha sauce glaze, will get聽you excited about meatloaf again. It鈥檚 meaty, not just from meat, but from a mixture of shiitake mushrooms and fresh breadcrumbs. Dig in! (via I Wash鈥 You Dry)


11.聽Extra Tender Meatballs: These flavorful, tender meatballs go great with any dish. Try on a salad or in a sandwich. Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard and freshly grated parmesan give them an umami-filled kick you didn鈥檛 expect.聽(via Food52)


12.聽Challah Bread Pudding and Vanilla Creme Anglaise: Any bread will work in this bread pudding recipe, but Marcella strongly recommends cinnamon roll Challah. Add raisins if you鈥檙e into that 鈥 even better, soak them in bourbon first for a spicy twist.聽(via Modest Marce)


13.聽Cr猫me Br没l茅e French Toasts: For a 鈥渉ealthier鈥 take on this decadent meal,聽bake your聽custard-filled French toasts instead of frying them. This lets the custard in the center set without burning either side of the toast. Instead of torching sugar, melt it down the old-fashioned way and spread thinly on top of each cooked slice of French toast. You鈥檙e left with a crunchy sugar topping on the best French toast you鈥檝e ever had. (via Smitten Kitchen)

What鈥檚 your solution to stale bread? Tell us your recipe in the comments below.