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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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For green scallion tops all year round, save the bottom of an onion, let it dry out a couple of days, then plant in a small pot, keep moist, and in sunlight. It won't be long before you have scallions, that will keep growing even after you snip some off to sprinkle over salads, omelets, chili, etc.

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The one on the left is a carrot top. The one on the right is a sweet potato.20200623_173611.jpg

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Mint roots very easily in water and looks like a pretty little bouquet so I have this bunch in a guest bedroom!  Every time I go by, I give it a little pinch to release that beautiful mint scent into the room. Once it’s rooted, I’ll plant it in a pot outdoors and look forward to mojitos or mint tea all year long!

 

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i have an avacado started from a pit that looks promising. I  hoping to be able to put it in the ground soon.

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I was excited to see this topic as the healthy eating contest feature for this week. I have been using the scraps of several vegetables during the last couple of months to regrow them for reuse in my meals. I have celery, Romain lettuce, and cabbage. I am pleased with the results from each of those vegetables. I’ve also used the top of a pineapple and I’m waiting to see growth in that as well. 

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Used an old pantry potato to grow a new spud plant in Seattle!  

 

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 potato aarp.jpg Grew a new potato plant from an old cupboard spud.

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I read on AARP that you could grow lettuce by cutting off the bottom of lettuce and letting it re-grow in water (and later plant).  It works!  My first two attempts were showing great promise but we're stolen by some sort of wildlife so now I am trying inside in a sunny window. I am amazed!  The picture is after only 3 days!!!

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I’m regrowing some beet leaves from the bottom small bulbs of a bunch of beet leaves I bought in early spring from a farmers’ market.

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I had some particularly delicious cherry bomb tomatoes that were going bad and I was just about to toss them when I remembered I had a pot full of good soil with nothing planted in it.   I scraped off the top couple of layers of dirt, squeezed the seeds out of the tomatoes and continued to water it daily.  This is two weeks later.  I can't wait so see where this goes from here.IMG_0758.jpeg

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This has been SO much fun! Who knew you could grow romaine from scrap???This has been SO much fun! Who knew you could grow romaine from scrap???

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I tried the romaine base and they all just rotted! Does it take a two inch base to grow?  Mine was about one inch.

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saw online how you could grow romaine from the stems of store bought, so I gave it a try. This is actually an older photo, they've gotten WAY taller, and I have 5 growing in that pot at the moment. Now, to keep the dratted bugs from chewing on it!

 

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805C4012-9F87-42F6-AA7E-684AB4222DF5.jpegScallions regrow very easily in a little cool water. Change the water every other day and enjoy new growth from the center of the plants!  🌱

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Working on regrowing some iceberg lettuce. Week 1 and it's really starting to bloom.

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The next time I shop I'm going to pick up celery, lettuce, and some herbs to try to root!  Meanwhile, I'm experimenting with what I have on hand.

   The ever-popular avocado! Alas, this one split, maybe it'll still root. 

 A potato, though I probably won't grow potatoes the plant is attractive.

   Ginger. My neighbor claims you just put a knob in soil and it will root; not looking good so far, but....

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I'm trying to re-grow Romaine lettuce and celery.Regrowing Romaine and celery from ends.Regrowing Romaine and celery from ends.

 

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I am taking an avocado seed to start growing a plant.5951384F-805F-4939-A44A-3416CE29D670.jpeg

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Scattered pepper seeds to see what would grow.

 

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Window sill gardening with left over seeds from last summer.Lemon TreeLemon Tree

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I love homegrown peaches!  I'm now trying to grow more, from our peach scraps (pits). 😃

I like to have the Meal’s they healthy meals that you have please send me the healthy meals please I am disabled and I would like to have the helping us deliver to me.

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I make spaghetti bolognese but scrap half the pasta and use either chopped cauliflower or long thin green beans; if you add plenty of sauce and seasonings it tastes wonderful. 

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The same can be done with Romaine lettuce. You can see the growth in a few days.

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This salad is my go to when I'm too busy

to cook: Lettuce,chicken cubes, sesame seeds,Artisan Kraut & dressing & chips  YummyYummy   

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 sauerkraut is one of the best foods you can eat.

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Ginger is easy to grow in a container and so are potatoes. Both have eyes that make it easy to plant after the water roots have been established.

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