Spray, Season and Enjoy!

I was at work last week talking with our salon owner Mary. She cooks gourmet meals every night that even her 2 1/2 year old son enjoys! Not only does she cook fresh meals that could be on the cover of a cooking magazine, she also grocery shops everyday to ensure only the freshest ingredients for her family.

I was at work last week talking with our salon owner Mary. She cooks gourmet meals every night that even her 2 1/2 year old son enjoys! Not only does she cook fresh meals that could be on the cover of a cooking magazine, she also grocery shops everyday to ensure only the freshest ingredients for her family.

 
Mary has been logging her daily food intake and she was telling me about her menu the night before -- lean grilled steak with grilled romaine leaves that were brushed with infused olive oil! Grilling romaine leaves sparked my curiosity. I just so happened to have a few heads of romaine lettuce that I had no immediate plans for, and decided to try this unique preparation for these crunchy leaves. I sprayed them with organic olive oil spray and sprinkled sea salt, pepper and garlic on top. My instructions from Mary were to only grill them for 2 minutes on each side. Not only did this sound interesting, but super quick, too!


 
I decided to grill chicken breasts and dice green zucchini and red peppers as well. I also cut fresh green onions for garnish. The romaine leaves, surprisingly, kept their crisp crunch and were durable even after being cooked over a flame. Because they had already been brushed with olive oil and lightly seasoned, they did not need any dressing or additional flavor. 


A quick tip: top the bed of these leaves with whatever else you may be grilling up. I loved this!

Have you ever gotten to the last little bit of a vegetable or fruit and thought they only thing left to do was toss it? Or maybe you didn't get to one before it looked like it should be thrown out? Well there's no need to create more food waste! Here are two foods you can regrow right at home instead of throwing out.

Leftover Ginger

  1. Fill a bowl or cup with water and place your bit of ginger root inside.
  2. After a few weeks, watch for little sprouts to form.
  3. At this point, transfer the ginger to some potted soil. Give it plenty of space and moisture.
  4. After a few weeks, harvest your new ginger root!

Sprouted Potato

  1. Note where the sprouts (or eyes) are on the potato. Cut it in half so there are sprouts on both halves.
  2. Let the halves dry out overnight on a paper towel.
  3. Plant the dried potato halves in soil, cut side down.
  4. Small potatoes will be ready to harvest in about 10 weeks, while larger potatoes will be ready in about three to four months.

There's no need for food waste here when you know the tips and tricks to use up all your food at home. And click here to see which foods you can keep past the Sell By date!