Did you know that people throw away 1/3 of all food we bring into the house? What if we could drastically cut down on food waste by learning some cool new ways to use 100% of the produce you buy?
Sweet Potato Skins
If you're inclined to peel your sweet potatoes before you cook them, you can use those peels to make a quick batch of homemade chips.
Sweet Potato Skin Chips
The peels of two medium sweet potatoes
1/2 tbs coconut oil
Sprinkle fine unrefined sea salt
1. Place freshly peeled soup tater skins into a 9 x 13 baking dish.
2. Pour the melted coconut oil over the sweet potato skins and sprinkle with sea salt.
3. Heat oven to medium broil of 400 degrees and broil for 10 mins, flipping once at 5 mins. If your oven only has a high broil setting, watch the oven like a hawk to prevent burning.
Kale Stems and Cauliflower Greens
Any brassica family vegetable has stems that are edible, but they can be quite wooden. Most recipes instruct us to cut out the stems and they end up in the compost bin. But if you slice the stems of kale into small dime sized pieces the stems are sweet and delicious. You can add them to your stirfry and it will look like a sprinkle of green confetti is blessing the plate. Just add them early in the stir-fry, just after onions and garlic so they can cook thoroughly.
You can also slice the greens of a cauliflower into fine little pieces and stir-fry them in sesame oil for a tasty Asian dish.
Broccoli and Cauliflower Stems
Crunchy and tasty, it is funny that anyone throws these out! Just skin the outside and create broccoli or cauliflower sticks that taste great raw with bean dips. You can also cook cauliflower stems and mash them up as a great substitute for mashed potato.
When you bite into your next juicy orange, grapefruit, tangerine or lemons, make sure to save the peels from the compost bin. Before juicing your lemon, just get out the rasp and grate the peel into zest and let it air dry or place it in the freezer. It tastes great added to honey, to grain and/or meat dishes or thrown in with your next dried flower potpourri. If you are adventurous, use to top stir-fries and salads.
Pineapple Cores contain high amounts of an anti-inflammatory enzyme called bromelain. A study at The Louisiana State University showed that the bromelain content in the pineapple core was much higher in bromelain than the fruit fresh but everyone throws it away!
The Almost Free Amazing Stir-fry
The Amazing Stir-fry using produce you would normally compost ! The name of this recipe says it all – it really is easy and always tastes amazing. Mushrooms help in the production of white blood cells in the body and research is showing that they may make white blood cells act more aggressively against foreign bacteria. They have a meaty texture so you won’t miss the meat!
2 cups onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 ½ cup pineapple core, sliced thin into coins
1 tbsp ginger, grated
1 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp wheat -free tamari or coconut aminos
2 cups small broccoli steams peeled
2 cups mushrooms, sliced
1 cup carrots, sliced
1 cup kale stems or cauliflower leaves, sliced
1/4 tsp grated orange peel
1. In a large nonstick skillet, stir-fry onion, pineapple core and garlic in oil for 1 minute. Add the honey, tamari and ginger. Cook and stir until lightly browned.
2. Stir-fry the vegetables in the sauce for 4-5 minutes or until tender. Return meat to the pan and stir gently. Serve immediately.
Makes 4 servings.