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Week 4: Healthy Eating Contest: Scrap This For That

Week 4:  SCRAP THIS FOR THAT: Try regrowing one food from your scraps this week (June 22-30, 2020).

 

Some foods can be regrown in simply water and with exposure to sunlight. Try regrowing celery with the following easy steps:

  1. Cut off the end. Slice about 2 inches off the root end of a bunch of celery. 
  2. Place the celery in a shallow glass bowl or jar of water.
  3. Watch it grow. After a few days, you should start to see small leaves emerging from the very center of the top.
  4. Replant in soil.

 

Share your experience and a photo here for a chance to win a $100 gift card!

 

Official Rules: https://community.aarp.org/t5/AARP-Rewards-Connect/AARP-Rewards-Healthy-Eating-Contest-Rules-June-20...  

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Using Sweet potatoes can yield yummy nutrient rich, greens and a beautiful plant!leafy delights from scrap of sweet potatoleafy delights from scrap of sweet potato

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Growing sweet potatoes!  The slips will eventually be planted next to the shallots I grew from a sprouted shallot.  I think it's really interesting how one mother plant can spawn a whole bunch more!IMG_3618.jpg

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Here I am with my compost pile "scraps". I gingerly pulled out the mystery tomato and squash starts and replanted them in my flower garden and a pot. We'll see what I get when they mature!

 

 

These "scraps" came from my compost pile. I will have mystery tomatoes and squash when they are mature.These "scraps" came from my compost pile. I will have mystery tomatoes and squash when they are mature.

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I LOVE your hat.

 

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These tomato and squash plants were "scraps" out of my compost pile! I gingerly scooped them out and replanted in my flower garden and a pot. So far they are doing well. Since I don't know exactly where they came from I don't know what kind of veggies I'll get from them when they mature. I love that they came up on their own. Super easy!

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recycle/reuse green onions - here with dillrecycle/reuse green onions - here with dill

 

Yippie Skippie - I've not shopped for green onions since March - so fun now in the pandemic to step outside and harvest my second/third/fourth cuttings from my regrown green onions.  Nothing better than a freshly cut - anything for great flavor.  I decided to plant the "stubs" with some dill seeds and have found it makes an interesting pot on my front step. Didn't have much success with the lettuce - tried it twice - but it wimped out on me.

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My apartment does not get much sun, but at this time of year, there is some light that comes into my western window. Having nothing to lose, I put the bottoms of two heads of romaine lettuce into a coconut shell bowl with a little bit of water to cover the bottom. It was a joyous surprise to see that within a few days, I had grown these beautiful green leaves. Though they are small, they are the perfect micro greens needed to compliment my sandwich. There is something so gratifying in both watching the regrowth and enjoying the taste of something fresh and homegrown from what would have been thrown in the compost bin.

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I planted the top of a pineapple in a pot.  It I keep it in a sunny place and water it regularly, it will produce a new pineapple for us to eat.IMG_0024.JPG

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We did the same!  Pinapple1.jpg

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A cantaloupe melon was the beginning but I wanted more so -seeds saved, dried,and planted 

Hoping before summer to have a good yield of sweetness to enjoy !Hurry Hurry *****Hurry Hurry *****

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Our scraps window garden - inspired when scallions were at a premium and then expanded for indoor healthy "gardening" fun!Our scraps window garden - inspired when scallions were at a premium and then expanded for indoor healthy "gardening" fun!

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Romaine Lettuce regrownRomaine Lettuce regrown

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This small scrap of purple yam grew into two great big tubs of thriving purple yams. Jerusalem artichokes, sweet potatoes, white potatoes,  any tuber will sprout and when the tuber is not fresh enough to eat, I plant it in some potting soil in a container on my balcony. I don't have any backyard as an urban high rise apt dweller but I have a lovely micro-garden of veggies, herb and flowers on my apt balcony.  I use trellises to grow as much good in a tiny space.   SPIN Gardening isMis small otnit intensive planting. on My next growing food from scraps is ginger and pineapple. Both will grow in California climate. Check You Tube for details. 

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Growing lettuce, onions, and cilantro from leftovers or cuttings

 

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I've been using one bunch of green onions perhaps every other day in my salads as well as a topper on various prepared meals   I've cut the cost of buying my onions be restarting the green onions in a cup of water.  The grow rather quickly. 

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In a similar vein, I had a few tomatoes that were mushy and old. I threw them in the garden and got a few growing now from the seeds! The potatoes work too, just toss in the garden.

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I had never regrown produce before. But a few months ago I put my green onion in water to make them last longer. After our last hard freeze I planted them in a pot, and now they are flowering. It's so fun to watch nature at work. You can see them in the pot in front of the raised bed. garden bed.jpg

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I'm trying this with celery... eager to see how it goes!celery.jpg

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My green onions growing roots!My green onions growing roots!

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growing celery - put base/end in water, eventually put into dirtgrowing celery - put base/end in water, eventually put into dirt

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When garlic sprouts, the shoots are edible but quite strong in flavor!  If you cook with them, the garlic flavor gets milder. Don’t discard garlic that sprouted garlic!  It’s perfectly fine to eat!

 

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Starting my own celery..fun project and really interesting.Starting my own celery..fun project and really interesting.

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I eat bok choy - but it's so expensive! I cut the bottom off of my last bunch and put it in with my seedlings - now hoping it will grow and flourish!IMG_20200624_154631673.jpg

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I've always wanted to try Bok Choy but I have no idea how to cook it.   What do you do with yours?

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It's a member of the cabbage family, so it's very versatile.I put chopped raw bok choy into a Chinese chicken salad that I make (Napa Cabbage, Bok Choy, onion, snap peas, snow peas, water chestnut diced, mung bean sprouts, tossed together, top with cooked chicken and rice noodles that have marinated in a sesame dressing, ooh!)

My elderly mother used to want me to put bok choy into every kind of soup I made, especially chicken.

Stir fry- sliced bok choy goes into all my stir fries.

You can put raw sliced bok choy into all kinds of salads, including cole slaw (it's a form of cabbage, remember?)

Try it!

 

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Check Walmart- their price on bok choy is pretty reasonable, plus it's pretty easy to grow from seed, too. Try baby bok choy- it grows faster and can be grown in a pot since it's small!

 

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