Waste Not. How to Eat Every Part Of The Plant.

How can you get more for your food dollar and reduce food waste at the same time? Here are 10 tips to help you eat every edible part of the plant.

1. Add turnip tops to sautéed veggies and salads.

Celery leaves are also excellent mixed in with salad greens.

Add your beet greens to your roasted beets.

Pictured: Roasted Beets and Sauteed Beet Greens | Photo by silentturnip

2. Use cauliflower greens in a simple roasted cauliflower pasta.

At harvest, the heads of cauliflower are hidden inside a wrapping of green leaves. In mass production, the leaves are typically cut away and then thrown away, with only the pearly white center making it to market. If the cauliflower farmer at your local farmer’s market is not already doing it, ask her if she’ll save these greens for you. Like turnip or beet greens, cauliflower greens are delicious, nutritious additions to sautéed dishes, salads, or simple roasted cauliflower pastas.

Add cauliflower greens to roasted cauliflower.

Pictured: Roasted Garlic Cauliflower | Photo by KGora

3. Slice broccoli stems into rounds and roast ’em.

Blast them in a high-heat oven with a little oil and salt. They’re a delicious addition to pastas and salads. Or process the sliced stems into thin slivers and try them in a slaw. Here’s a quick breakdown of the flash-blasting technique:

How to Flash Blast Vegetables

Flash-Blasting Veggies

4. Hold on to the broccoli leaves.

Blast them with the broccoli stems, braise them, or toss them raw into salads.

5. Eat down the leek.

Actually, the tougher parts of veggies like leeks, asparagus, and broccoli are good for gut bacteria. As a general rule, eat a little further down the stalks and stems. And toss the rest into a slow-simmering veggie stock.

Use veggie scraps in your stocks and broths.

Pictured: Chicken Broth in a Slow Cooker | Photo by WeirdAuntMartha

6. Turn your potato peels into crisps.

Fry them up in oil and serve with a little salt and pepper and maybe a dipping sauce. Here’s how thekitchn.com handles potato peels.

7. Transform lemon and orange rinds into candy.

This candying method works great with any citrus fruit.

Don't waste citrus peels. Candy 'em!

Pictured: Candied Lemon Peel | Photo by abapplez

8. Use strawberry tops to flavor water.

They give just a hint of refreshing fresh berry flavor. Also add them to sangria, lemonade, and other soft drinks.

Add strawberry tops to water.

Photo by Carl Hanson

9. And watermelon rinds?

Make pickles and preserves. And here’s a recipe for Watermelon Rind Stir-Fry.

10. What to do with the food waste you do have leftover?

Here are some simple tips for clean, smell-free composting.

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