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I created this blog in 2009 when I began working at the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank. My work at this organization opened my eyes to food justice issues in America, and I had a strong desire to better understand the difficulties many people face when trying to access healthy food on a limited budget. So, I embarked on my own Food Stamp Challenge, living on $31/week as a vegan. I used this blog to chronicle my experience.

While my Food Stamp Challenge project has come to an end, you can see what I learned from it by reading the Greatest Hits posts linked to the right side of the page. Please excuse any out-of-date links, as I am no longer updating this blog on a regular basis.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Workin-with-what-you-got Salad

Eating well on a budget means that every week one must commit to finding a way to combine everything that is left in the fridge into a delicious meal. No food can be wasted.

So, what do you do when your fridge has limes, oranges, a bell pepper and some eggs?

Make dinner!

I made a delicious salad with a slightly weird combination. Here is the recipe:

Chop 1 pepper
Peel and cube 1 orange
Drizzle olive oil on the chopped salad
Squeeze lime juice over the salad
Add a pinch of salt and Toss it!

I ate this salad with a hard boiled egg.

What combinations have you made on fridge clean-up days?


  1. Nice way to make do!
    For us or rather for our children if I put fridge leftovers on a pizza crust then they don't have a clue. Thinnly sliced past it's prime salad spinach, odds & ends of mushrooms, diced celery, cubbed mystery meat such as chicken. If it's fruit then it is used up in a basic muffin batter.

  2. I'd make a chicken salad, using the white meat, of course; adding the chicken will only serve as something that adds a meaty flavor to the salad. That, plus the fact that kids love to eat most things with chicken in or on it. Besides, it can help in your diet, too.

  3. Our clean out fridge meals are potpies, veggie burgers or soups. I take all the veggies, beans and potatoes cook all together, make a crust, into the oven it goes. The veggie burgers are pretty much the same, beans cooked to a mush with rice and veggies add some oats to soak up the moisture into the oven, flip and can you say yummy din din. Same with the soup beans, veggies and dumplin. Clean out fridge meals are easy and can still be well balanced and nutritious.

  4. These all sound like great ideas, in our house I would have taken the orange and lime peel and candid them for a yummy treat. It only takes a little sugar and water to make candid citrus peels and a simple syrup to be used in a spritzer or with another dessert.

  5. Look like great idea, i will definitely try this.thank you so much for sharing this,keep the good work going.