I don’t know about you, but I never finish all the rice that they give me at the restaurant, and a lot of times, I don’t just cook up one serving at home. When I go out to eat, I tend to pack my lucky snap lid container that helps me shuttle tasty morsels back home. It’s not enough that the rice makes it to my fridge from my rice maker or my take home container, I gotta figure out what to do with it next! Grains tend to be one of the most wasted food groups in the world, and if you too are experiencing rice overload, check out the awesome link below. This “rice reviver” is really 7 recipes in 1, since they include 6 variations to choose from after the basic recipe.
–Lettuce Make Soup–
First off, I like the recipe for its name, because similar to myself, this person enjoys a little word play. If you are thinking that lettuce doesn’t make soup, I’d agree that at first it seems like a strange concept. This page comes with three enticing recipes to change your skeptical mind. A head of lettuce can be hard to get through before it goes bad, especially if you’re a single person or it’s sweater weather, not salad season. Get crazy, experiment a little and get your leafy greens eaten!
Click here: http://www.wehatetowaste.com/lettuce-soup/
–Ricotta Mashed Potato Gnocchi–
Need I say more? That title is a real eye-catcher. It doesn’t take chef skills to make homemade gnocchi, and really they don’t even have to be beautiful, just yummy. The last time I made gnocchi, I had potatoes that were purple on the outside and the inside. They created an amazing deep hue that even the late great Prince would have been proud to rock. It was an interesting twist on traditional white potato gnocchi. If you tend to cook for an army and cook way too much mashed potatoes, this is great way to reinvent them.
There are many amazing people working on this issue of using up food so it doesn’t go to waste. I suggest looking at these three sites for some inspiring recipes: Save the Food, Amazing Waste (a free cookbook!) and the Recipe Box from our neighbors to the north running a similar program in King County, Food: Too Good To Waste.