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?

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One Comment to “Waste not, want not”

  1. Splorch rocks!

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