Waste not, want not

or Finish your peas…the ice caps are melting (Lappe’s Principle 5).  So Lappe is mainly focused on large scale waste, but when I clean the fridge, I’m always amazed at how much food goes to waste.  So, as a family, we’ve been trying to reduce what goes into the garbage/compost.

What are your favorite ways to use up the odds and ends in your fridge?  For us, I think the top four must be:

1. Chicken soup – start with a roasted chicken carcass, add lots of seasoning (including fresh herbs from the garden, of course), onions, garlic, the wilted veggies in the vegetable drawer, and a starch (noodles, leftover rice, or potatoes).  This used to seem very complicated, but it’s become a staple in our house.  It’s so easy to do, and there’s nothing so delicious-smelling as a pot of stock burbling on the burner.

2. Splorch – this is really just a funny name for a smoothie, but it’s one of the kids’ favorite summer drinks.  It involves ice, fruit that’s a bit too old to eat fresh, fruit juice or concentrate, water, and a blender!  Nothing like it when it’s 90 degrees and humid…typical DC weather. The only challenge we face is when the fruit we want to include berries…then our berry-hater is unhappy.

3. Stir fry – when you have a little bit of this, and a little bit of that, and a whole bunch of rice that wasn’t finished the night before, stir fry is a great way to clean out the fridge and make sure to reduce waste.  And our picky eater has become one of the greatest fans of this option – especially when we can add some frozen edamame to the mix.

4. Omelet – see above for stir fry – the key here is that you need cheese and lots of eggs, but if you have those, and a little bit of this, and a little bit of that, then an omelet is a great way to go.  This becomes an even more wonderful meal if you have bread from the farmer’s market, or time to make your own bread.

Readers, your thoughts?


One Comment to “Waste not, want not”

  1. Splorch rocks!

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