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This strategy revolves around creativity in the kitchen. Instead of starting with recipes and heading to the store for what you need, cook with ingredients you already have or use recipes just as a starting point. It’s helpful to have a few “hero” or “kitchen sink” recipes or sauces that taste good with lots of different ingredients.

Some common favorites are:

  • Fried rice
  • Chili
  • Omelets
  • Soups
  • Stir fries
  • Stews

There are lots of websites to find recipes for your leftover ingredients, like

Ditch the peeler and invest in a good scrub brush. For many vegetables the nutrients are in the skin and a scrubbing is all that’s needed to get them clean.

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