Digging in your pantry
- You'll waste less food. At least 25 percent of the food we produce in the U.S. gets thrown away uneaten (and many think it’s a much higher percentage). It’s a big environmental problem. Whenever you waste food, you also waste all of the water, resources and fuel that went into growing, processing and transporting the food.
- You'll get to flex your creative culinary muscles. Figuring out how to use that can of black beans that you bought for a recipe that you never made (and now don't remember what it was) can help you discover all new recipes.
- There's a good chance you'll eat a little healthier. Let's face it, you've probably got some dried whole grains in your cupboard that you bought with good intentions, but passed over when you chose to make something a little less healthy. Chances are many of the foods you pass over are healthier ones. Even in my family where I try to get us to eat healthy, that happens a lot.
- You'll get your cupboards, fridge and freezer cleaned out. Once they are a little less full, you can refill them with more healthy foods. For some ideas on healthy, organic foods that won't break your budget, check out this post I did on how you can afford some organics.
- And speaking of budgets, if you use foods you already have, you won't need to spend so much on groceries. At least for a while. It can help you lower your weekly food bill for several weeks, and you can save some much needed cash.
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