1. Plan Your Meals for the Week.
“That’s the first step. This way you can say, ‘Well if we’re having roast chicken Tuesday then Wednesday night it can be chicken pot pie or chicken soup.’ It’s really seeing how you can use those leftovers,” says Prendergast.
2. Transform Your Scraps into Stock.
“Collect your carrot peels, your onion peels, your mushroom stems, stems from herbs and keep them in a bag in your fridge. After three days of cooking you have quite a bit of a stock base to start,” he says. You can simmer those scraps into an instant vegetable stock, or combine them with poultry bones for a killer chicken stock.
3. Create a Countertop Compost Bin.
“We keep a container on the counter at home,” says Prendergast. “We even put bread in if my kids don’t eat all of their toast in the mornings. You just chuck it all into the bin.” Toss coffee grinds, eggshells, and other food scraps into your compost collector in order to turn food into fertilizer. You can choose from all kinds of stylish ones online or just reutilize an empty coffee can.
4. Grow an Avocado Plant.
Next time you cut open an avocado, instead of discarding the pit, stick three toothpicks (at 12 o’clock, 3 o’clock and 6 o’clock) in it and set it atop a glass of water on your kitchen counter. (The toothpicks should keep the pit from sinking and get only the bottom half wet.) “After a while, the pit will start sprouting a root. And from there you can grow your own avocado tree.” Fresh guacamole every day? Yes, please.
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Lizbeth Scordo covers food, lifestyle, and travel for outlets including Eater, Thrillist, The Red Bulletin, Bravo TV’s The Feast, Epicurious, Good, and Palm Springs Life. She spent several years in editorial positions at Yahoo, serving as senior editor of its women’s lifestyle vertical Shine and as deputy editor of entertainment news site Yahoo Celebrity. Earlier in her career, she spent four years as a staff reporter with Dow Jones in New York, covering tech startups and venture capital firms. Her work has also appeared in Alaska Airlines Magazine, Angeleno, Budget Travel, Fit Pregnancy, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Muscle & Fitness, TV Guide, and Us Weekly.