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Waste Not

Welcome to the Waste Not Challenge

  • The genesis of my fried rice: leftover stems after I steamed broccoli florets for my daughter.
  • Stir-fry the broccoli with some other vegetables in the fridge: corn, carrots, and edamame, plus leftover rice from Chinese takeout.

By Ellie Krieger, contributing editor

April 6th, 2009

Everyone’s trying to save money on the grocery bills these days. We're clipping coupons, using cheaper cuts of meat, buying in bulk, you name it. But one of the biggest ways to save is already in your fridge. That leftover half cup of broccoli, the lonely carrot and half an onion in the crisper, the day-old loaf of bread—some see scraps destined for the trash. Others see the makings of a great breakfast strata, a soup with garlic croutons or a fabulous frittata.

With some creativity and resourcefulness you can have an incredible meal and save lots of money by wasting less. Just think of all the fabulous foods that were invented as a way to use leftovers: French toast, fried rice, corned beef hash…just to name a few.  I have shared with you my Five Treasure Fried Rice recipe, which was borne of my need to use up some leftover take-out rice and broccoli stalks.

Now it is your turn: for the next month,I'm challenging you to post your own photos of dishes you've made with those end pieces or trimmings you'd normally throw away. For instructions on how to take the challenge, see the box at right.  I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

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Comments (2)

EllieKrieger writes: Thanks for this feedback Pielove. I will talk to the FineCooking team about giving more time for the next challenge.
Posted: 1:45 pm on May 12th

Pielove writes: This is a great challenge, but I am disappointed to see so few participants. The Cook the Issue Challenge gave a timeframe of 2 months and really gained steam in the final couple of weeks. Would you consider extending the contest timeframe? Where did everyone go? I think legalcat and I are starting to feel like we're talking to ourselves!
pie Posted: 8:19 pm on April 14th

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The Good Life Challenge: Waste Not

Over the course of one month, Ellie Krieger is challenging you to Waste Not: Make good use of those peels, stems, and other scraps you might otherwise throw away, and share what you've made with the community. Taking the challenge is easy:

Step One: Login or create a profile

Step Two: Post your entry
following the instructions on the entry form.

Step Three: Browse the gallery and get inspired! You can comment on other entries, and give your favorite photos a thumbs-up rating.

Grand Prize: The user posting the most creative dish will win a $200 gift card to:

For the complete contest rules, click here.