Melon & Other Rinds
When you entertain guests, scooped out honeydew, watermelon and cantaloupe make attractive serving bowls for salads, and scooped out acorn squash is perfect to serve the delicious squash soup you made for the occasion. When the party is over, everyone will talk about your clever serving dishes, which you can take directly to the compost bin so you spend less time cleaning up and more time enjoying good company.
Also use scooped-out avocado shells as biodegradable pots to start seedlings before you plant them in the garden. You can even plant the pot along!
Smoothies on Demand
Salad kits are making their appearance in office lunch rooms, but how about a smoothie kit? Sounds so delicious, let’s jump right to it. You will need:
A muffin tin, cutting board, knife, baking sheet and food storage baggies or containers of your choice, plain or flavored yogurt (I like to use vanilla) and 3 to 4 fruits of choice. I like to include bananas because they are a good source of protein and potassium and because they provide a very smooth texture.
You will need a bit of room in your freezer to work this out, but it is well worth it.
Cut enough fruit to fill about 12 cups. Lay it out on a baking sheet in rows so that each fruit has its own row and so that they are not all clumped up together. Pop this into the freezer. Meanwhile, fill each muffin tin with yogurt. Freeze this as well.
After a few hours, select assortments of fruit from the baking sheet (about 2 cups per assortment) and pop into individual servings containers or baggies with at least 2 yogurt discs per mix. The yogurt will pop out of the muffin tin easily if you let it sit for a few moments first.
Store the mixes in the freezer. When the urge to savor a hearty smoothie surfaces, pop a mix in the blender with your choice of juice. Though the juice is cold, it is warmer than the frozen yogurt and thus will help soften it.
I thought I was done here, but another idea pops to mind: Make frozen fruit mixes without the frozen yogurt. Mix into a yogurt of your choice and serve in an emptied-out cantaloupe half.