If you’re wondering what to do with those extra stalks or the leaves on your beets or cauliflower, save them and make a recipe! You can do a lot of vegetable waste, and here are ten low waste recipes that will have you cooking with them. The best thing is to save them in a freezer friendly bag and then use the scraps to make homemade vegetable broth! Not only will your vegetable broth be flavorful, but you’ll discover what kinds of vegetables you like in your broth, rather than relying on the products in the store. Let’s start using our food waste!

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1. Broccoli Stem Noodles With Asian Black Bean Balls

Broccoli Stem Noodles With Asian Black Bean Balls

Source: Broccoli Stem Noodles With Asian Black Bean Balls

Don’t throw away those broccoli stems! Combat food waste by turning them into veggie noodles and making this recipe instead! These Broccoli Stem Noodles With Asian Black Bean Balls by Gabrielle St. Claire are tossed in an umami miso dressing, then served with black bean balls that have been glazed with an Asian-inspired sauce. If you haven’t used the broccoli florets, serve it with those or just serve with your favorite veggies.

2. Broccoli Stem and Carrot Slaw

Broccoli stem and carrot slaw

Source: Broccoli Stem and Carrot Slaw

What if you have a beautiful bunch of broccoli and your family only wants to eat the top part, or what we call broccoli trees? Don’t toss the stems because there are so many ways to use them. You can grate them and drop them on top of a house salad, but it would also be nice in a basic slaw. Try this Broccoli Stem and Carrot Slaw by Lisa Dawn Angerame.


3. Broccoli Stalk Rice

Broccoli Stalk Rice

Source: Broccoli Stalk Rice

Broccoli is a staple of any vegetable enthusiast but it’s always frustrating to be left with a giant stalk and nothing to do with it – this Broccoli Stalk Rice by Helyn Dunn solves that problem. This recipe uses the stalks from the broccoli to make a delightful rice that’s very similar in texture to cauliflower rice and it cuts down on your food waste in the bargain. This rice is the perfect foundation to any meal you can imagine, so get creative.


4. Vegetable Stock

homemade vegetable stock

Source: Vegetable Stock

You can make this Vegetable Stock by Vaishali Honawar with the parts of your veggies that might usually be considered “waste.”


5. Crispy Roasted Cauliflower Leaves

Roasted cauliflower leaves

Source: Crispy Roasted Cauliflower Leaves by Lorna

Cauliflower leaves are actually really tasty when roasted until crispy with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper. The stalks taste a bit like actual cauliflower, but the leafy parts taste kind of like that crispy fried “seaweed” that you get from Chinese takeaways. Really yummy! They’re great as a snack and eating cauliflower leaves means less waste. By having these Crispy Roasted Cauliflower Leaves by Lorna, you’re eating for the planet in multiple ways. Go you!

6. Candied Orange Peels

Candied orange peels

Source: Candied Orange Peels

Make these Candied Orange Peels by Olivia Lin for all your baking needs! These tart, sugar-coated candy peels are just begging to top a show-stopping chocolate cake.

7. Coconut Creamed Beet Greens

Coconut Creamed Beet Greens

Source: Coconut Creamed Beet Greens by Viktoria Radichkova

Coconut Creamed Beet Greens by Viktoria Radichkova with toasted buckwheat & macadamia nuts – creamy, nutty and mildly sweet, this dish is a delicious comfort food to enjoy!


8. Garlic Beet Greens

Garlic beet greens

Source: Garlic Beet Greens

This Garlic Beet Greens recipe by Elaine Lander with orzo and cannellini beans is a staple for weeknight dinners. This garlic beet greens recipe with orzo and cannellini beans makes a quick, easy, vegan friendly dinner on a budget.

9. Sautéed Beet Red Greens

Sautéed Beet Red Greens

Source: Sautéed Beet Red Greens

This Sautéed Beet Red Greens recipe by Rinku Bhattacharya is almost too simple to write down, but since I did like this particular combination, it is worth jotting down for my own reference. If you do want ways to use up some winter vegetables, this is a nice and simple way to do just that!

10. Banana Peel Stir Fry

Stir Fry made with chilis and banana peel

Source: Banana Peel Stir Fry

One of the plants with the most potential uses is banana. Each part of it never needs to be neglected or discarded. Banana leaf is used to serve, banana flower can be used in making cutlets or stir fry, the stem is edible in the form of another yummy stir fry, and banana itself can be either eaten raw or cooked! Even the banana peel can turn into a very delicious stir fry to be paired with rice. Isn’t it amazing? Try this Banana Peel Stir Fry by Anupa Joseph!

Learn How to Cook Plant-Based Meals at Home!

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Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammationheart healthmental wellbeingfitness goalsnutritional needsallergiesgut health and more! Dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acnehormonal imbalancecancerprostate cancer and has many side effects.

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