Save Your Scraps: 15 Easy Ways to Use Leftover Produce
As we continue our quest to eat in a more healthy and sustainable manner, I began to think of tips to limit what we discard, in addition to what we consume. As I marinated on it, I became inspired to make this list of ways to use up leftover produce. I know many of us can relate to buying ingredients for a specific recipe, but scratching our heads as to what to do with the remnants.
Well, scratch no more! 😂
Here's 15 ways to reinvent what's in your fridge, increase the nutritional content of foods you already eat, save you money, and take it a little easier on the planet. Bonus: Each step is easy to implement.
And fellow Whole30-ers, the majority of these tips are perfect for us to implement, whether we're doing the program or in between cycles.
2. Use that stock to make a soup, curry, stew, or Gumbo.
If you have a slow-cooker, you can throw everything in it in the morning and have dinner waiting for you in the afternoon. A similar process can be done with a dutch oven, but I recommend keeping an eye on it throughout the cooking cycle.
3. Chop and sauté them, add a protein, and put a couple over-easy eggs on top to make a satisfying breakfast hash.
4. Make a pesto (skip the cheese, if you're doing the Whole30), salsa, guacamole or other dip
5. Scramble them in an omelette, frittata, or egg muffin.
6. Add minced veggies to your next meatloaf, chili, burger, or meatball recipe.
7. Roast or steam and make a purée for your little one.
A food processor or blender will easily get this job done! You may need to add a little water or juice to thin out the purèe, depending on how old your baby is.
8. Hide vegetables in a hearty marinara sauce.
9. Impress your friends by mixing herbs with butter to create a compound butter.
If you're doing the Whole30, use clarified butter or ghee like Steph Gaudreau of Stupid Easy Paleo does here.
10. Turn zucchini into "noodles" with a vegetable spiralizer and make a low-carb ramen bowl.
11. Infuse your water with a few sprigs of thyme and/or thin slices of cucumber or lemon.
12. Make your home smell heavenly by using leftover herbs and fruit to create a stovetop potpourri.
This is a good idea year-round, but I especially love making it during the holiday season!
13. Combine citrus rinds with vinegar and water to make a natural cleaner.
I love this one because the solution smells really good and it's safe enough for my kids to use (gotta start 'em young!).
14. In between cycles of the Whole30? Adding diced fruit to port and tart cherry juice makes a tasty, yet budget-friendly version of sangria.
15. Put hardy vegetables like sweet potatoes and onions on a sheet pan and roast along with the protein of your choice for an easy one-pan meal like this recipe featured on the Whole30 Recipes Instagram account.
Alrighty, gang! Those are my 15 EASY ways to use up leftover produce! Did I miss anything? Feel free to add your tips in the comments below because I'm always on the hunt for more ways to take care of the planet and save money!