Save the Leftovers! With a Side of Urban Garden.

Have you seen the recent data on food waste in the US? A whopping 40% of American food supply goes to waste every year. That’s horrific.

Beans saved from the trash!

The thought of trashing perfectly good food makes me crazy. I’ve been known to save teensy amounts of what remains on my plate, repurposing it the next day. Today’s topic is a Mexican dinner out.

After a visit to Frio en La Paz (YUM!) Vore and I were left with a few tablespoons of cheese dip and about 1/2 cup of black beans, spread between our plates. Some might think that’s not enough to save. Hogwash!

<——Look what the scraps became.

The next morning, I made spinach omelets, stuffed with black beans and smothered in queso.

It was the best darn breakfast I’ve had in a while! I’m curious: What’s your secret for saving food from the trash?

On the opposite end of the spectrum, I’m over at Magic City Post today, discussing food deserts in the city of Birmingham. While downtown groceries are scarce, community gardens are popping up all over the place. Interviewing the folks who live and farm downtown was a treat. Here’s a little eye candy to tease you over there. How cute is this urban garden?

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