If you’ve ever had a conversation with me or have heard me speak, you’ll recognize that I really hate food waste. Brought up by 2 parents that lived through the Depression era, you didn’t leave a pea on your plate in my house. Did you know that 40% of the food in the US ends up in a landfill? That is unacceptable! I don’t want to contribute more food waste.
Our frig is often full of food because my husband and I both love to cook. But, we either make too much or I bring home what’s left from a food demo. You can typically find noodles, fruit, rice, beans or some other item just waiting to go bad. This morning, I decided to create something out of the chopped cucumbers and fresh cilantro from a Saturday class. I had a pineapple that was overdue to be cut and some watermelon, berries and grapes from last week. Fresh mangoes would also go well in this recipe. Here’s what transpired:
1 cup chopped cucumber (1/2 of a cucumber)
1 cup fresh pineapple
1 cup watermelon, cut into 1″ chunks
1/2 cup grapes
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup blackberries
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
Juice from 1 lime
1/2 tsp. honey
Place cucumbers, fruit and cilantro in a bowl and toss.
Whisk together lime juice and honey.
Drizzle over fruit, toss and serve.
Makes 8 (1/2 cup) servings.