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.