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Reduce Food Waste — Fridge Google

By Fredrica Syren:

Ok, so how many times have you had a few different vegetables and other food items in the fridge, but you still stood there scratching your head because you didn’t know what to cook? And then, you either went shopping for more food to make a complete meal or called for a pizza? I know — I have done it. This can waste time, money and food, especially when instead I could have used Fridge Google.empty-fridge

This is a new expression: fridge Googling. Basically, it is the practice of searching for a recipe on Google by typing in the accessible raw ingredients you have for a meal.

For example, today is the end of the week, so I need to go grocery shopping. I have only a few ingredients to cook with and need to make a yummy meal for my family. I Googled fennel, tomato, onion and cream. Here are the results:

Tomato & fennel soup

Tomato & fennel gratin

Roasted Tomato & Fennel pasta sauce

Of course the problem can be that if you search, for instance, just the words “tomato and pasta,” you will end up with an endless number of recipes. So, the best advice is to be as specific as possible. For example, type in how you prefer your food cooked: vegan, vegetarian, fried, grilled, poached, etc. And you can add a minus sign (-) to get recipes that do not include things you don’t like (e.g. eggs, chicken, mushroom, ham or fried).

Happy Cooking!

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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