I greatly appreciate all the links and ideas my readers send me. One of my readers showed me an article about a group of people in New York who are saving food that restaurants throw out.
Sorry I can't share the link; I have to cook potatoes before the turkey is done (which led to the inspiration for this post), so I don't have much time to finish this article.
The founder of the organization in New York was inspired when she ordered potato peels at a food cart and asked the owner what he did with the potatoes after peeling them. He said he threw them away.
The potato is one of the most versatile and beloved of foods. Wasting such a resource that could have easily been converted into a desirable dish...that's just bad business!
Luckily, the woman asked for the potatoes and delivered buckets and buckets of them to a homeless shelter.
After reeling from disbelief for a minute or two, I stopped and said, "Wait, wait, wait. People eat potato peels? Willingly?"
I had to investigate.
Turns out, you can roast potato peels, and they are delicious. It's a win-win all around; they're nutritious, they're free, and I can set them on a plate for my hungry kids to munch on while I finish dinner.
I realized as I was peeling my potatoes today for our Thanksgiving feast that a lot of nutritious peels were probably being thrown in the trash at that very moment, so I ran to my computer in hopes that I could inspire others to save the peels before it's too late.
Here's what you do.
The moment I started this blog, friend and family started sending me videos, recipes, and articles with food-related ideas to inspire me. One idea I keep seeing over and over again is how to make vegetable broth out of scraps. (Think onions skins, carrot heads, celery leaves, things like that.)
Obviously, that idea is a home run for No Scrap Left Behind. To think that I could turn garbage into something useful and delicious...brilliant!
At least, it sounded brilliant.
The video I saw told me to use onion, carrot, celery, garlic, parsley, mushrooms, and potato peels.
This post is my magnum opus. I know I haven’t been blogging long so that isn’t saying much, but still, I am pretty proud of these sandwiches.
Once a week before my art history class in college, I would often go to the museum cafeteria and order the same sandwich. It was a massive tower of raw vegetables drizzled in salad dressing balanced between two slices of focaccia.
I love avocados. They’re rich and creamy, not to mention extremely nutritious. Did you know, that’s the only food you can eat exclusively and still survive? Nothing else has enough nutrients.
But I digress; another great thing about avocados is they’re versatile. If you only buy them for guacamole, you’re missing out
(At the end of this article is an extremely healthy, easy, and delicious recipe for a pasta dish jam packed with vegetables.)
Okay, so sure, I want the prize money for the contest I'm about to tell you about -- it would almost completely cover the cost of grad school -- but let's put a pin in that for a sec and talk about how helping me win would be a great thing for everyone else, too.
Home and Family is hosting a contest for the Best Home Cook. I think the fact that I never waste food makes me a unique and memorable candidate, so I made a video about a vegetable pasta sauce made from the random vegetables that happened to be in my fridge today.
The winner will fly to Los Angeles and actually be on the Home and Family show. Yeah. THAT'S pretty cool. All I need are enough likes, shares, and comments on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube for my healthy vegetable pasta video to get the judges' attention. Community involvement is huge.
All I need...is you.
This recipe would be a fun Easter tradition!
Lots of recipes call for only one or two carrots - chicken pot pie, chicken noodle soup, casseroles - but stores don't let you buy only one carrot, do they? Most grocery stores sell 1lb, 2lb, 5lb, and 10lb bags.
I used to only cook with baby carrots for that very reason. I figured we could snack on whatever we didnât cook, since weâre all too spoiled to snack on regular carrots. But baby carrots cost more, and they can still go bad if you donât snack on them.
You probably think that at some point, I’m going to say to use old bananas to make banana bread. That’s what everyone says: “Those bananas are going bad. Oh well, I’ll just make banana bread.”
Well, I’m not going to tell you that. Don’t get me wrong; I like banana bread, it’s just that this blog is about using up food to reduce waste, not making more food that needs to be eaten.
I will never waste food again
I've been tired of throwing out food for years - not to mention tired of our huge grocery bill! I decided to make a change and vowed never to waste food again. In this blog, I'll show you how I do it.