Have you seen one of these? It is a noodle grater or called some such thing. It takes vegetables and spirals them into long "noodle- like" strips. The strips can then be used as an alternative to pasta.
Friends of ours shared that they had one and that they had lots of fun making new recipes or alternating old ones with the "noodles". Plus, for people who are limiting their carb intake it provides a nice alternative.
I love ours. It has given us some new taste thrills. Our son who was never a fan of zucchini is eating it through our zucchini spiral "noodles".
I love finding new uses for old things. In this case, a new way to prepare and present veggies.
I also love finding new used for old things from around the house. Items that may have been designed for one thing in mind but now are repurposed for another. I started thinking of the things that we "reuse":
- Christmas cards- front and possibly the sentiment (if neither has any writing on it). Cut into smaller gift tags for next year's present
- Plastic bags from store or newspapers- use for doggie bags, lining waste paper cans (although I am trying to reduce the amount of plastic bags from stores)
- Old, stained cotton tablecloth- cut out the good parts and made into smaller napkins
- Jelly jars- vases for cut flowers for friends
- Old spices- flavor to our dogs' dinners
- Dead bamboo sticks- lashed together to make an enclosure for our raspberries
- Cracked mixing bowl- Use as a container planter
- Disposable leftover containers- washed, use as containers for garden fertilizer, grass seed, etc.
- Old kitchen knives- sharpened and use to cut and divide perennials
What about you? Do you repurpose things on a regular basis? What are some of your ideas?