From Waste to Taste

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Stalks, stems, and peels often do not get the love they desire. However these “scraps” are not meant for the garbage can, as they are packed with nutrients and flavor. Try some of the creative ways below to utilize these often wasted items to create tasty creations:

  • Broccoli Stalks – shred into salad or slaw, puree into soup or sauce, roast or steam for a side dish, or toss into stock
  • Carrot & Fennel Fronds – ground with nuts, garlic, and cheese or olive oil to make pesto
  • Celery Leaves – use in soups and salads
  • Citrus Peels – zest them to season sweet or savory dishes, candy them to create a fruity treat, dry the peels for tea, or steep fresh peels into sprits
  • Kale Stems – blanch and sauté in stir-fry
  • Leeks Tops – julienne and sauté for a topping to salads and soups or add to stock
  • Watermelon Rinds – pickle them to create a delicious snack
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