by Katrina Pfannkuch

Reducing food waste has a positive impact on the environment and your wallet. To help do your part and keep a few extra pennies in your pocket, try repurposing common food scraps:

  • Turn the heels of stale bread into croutons. Toast them in the oven until crisp then add a drizzle of olive oil, salt and a bit of your favorite seasonings. Store in an airtight container. To make bread crumbs, pulse the plain toasted cubes in a food processor until finely ground.
  • Wilted greens may not be great in a salad, but they’re perfect in a rice or egg dish. Also add them to a creamy risotto or frittata.
  • Take the Parmigiano cheese rind and toss it into sauces and soups for added flavor; remove before serving.
  • Clean the bones from a chicken, roast or other meat and place them into a pot with water, vegetables and seasonings to make a flavorful stock.
  • Herb stems can be added to soups, stocks or braises for extra flavor. Tie together the stems with a clean piece of kitchen string then add them into the pot; remove string before serving.
  • Take root ends of onions and place them in a shallow dish of water until they start sprouting again.
  • Use cereal crumbs from non-sugar cereals to make a great crust for chicken, fish or meat.



Sandra G. Malhotra is the Owner, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Regenerate Magazine. She is just a little bit passionate about health and wellness being our birthright.