It turns out we’re throwing a lot of perfectly good food in the trash. Usually called ‘scraps’, these neglected ingredients (from broccoli stalks to cheese rinds) are ideal for creating mains, sauces, spreads and even soups. Here, we offer up simple, tasty recipes that put leftover food scraps to work and combat food waste in the process.
These cruciferous stalks can be diced, chopped, sautéed and even spiral sliced to add crunch and flavour to mixed vegetable dishes like this spicy, good-for-you bowl.
Fragrant, flavourful and filled with essential oils, shredded lemon peel has many uses that should not be left to waste. Incorporate the zest into dessert recipes (think cheesecake and vanilla pound cake), fresh salads and creamy pasta dishes.
Follow the culinary footsteps of great Italian chefs by placing the rinds of hard cheeses like Parmesan into soups and stews!
Save leftover or extra produce by trying your hand at pickling. It’s a great way to give veggies and fruits new life (from beets and beans to cauliflower and even strawberries). Trust us, the pickling process is way easier than you think!
Roasted Potato Peels
Each year, far too many nutrient-rich, deliciously crispy potato peels are discarded at festive family gatherings, game-day parties and movie nights. Don’t let your potato scraps be one of them!
Create a zesty and bright homemade confection by dipping citrusy orange peels in decadent dark chocolate. You can also use the peel to complement everything from a Manhattan Cocktail to Candied Truffles.
Wilting Aromatic Greens
Turn the pangs of wasted-food-guilt into pesto and save yet another bag of uneaten, wilted greens from the garbage.