Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose!
Learning how to repurpose leftovers is great, but learning how to use and repurpose unfamiliar parts of food is a great way to gain a better appreciation for what you eat. It is also a way to learn new depths of flavor and expand your culinary prowess.
- Citrus peels: Orange, lemon, or lime zest can add another flavor profile to a dish to really elevate it. Zest a lemon or lime onto baked chicken or curry to give it another dimension. Grate an orange peel onto a chocolate dessert to really round it out. You can also candy citrus peels and add them to dessert or drink recipes!
- Veggie and meat scraps: The art of homemade stock and broth is one that is slowly dying with the rise of already made products. Save produce scraps and ends and meat scraps and bones to create delicious stocks, broths, and soup bases. These can even be kept in your freezer!
- Leftover herbs and veggie stems: The answer is pesto! Instead of throwing out herbs you don’t think you’ll use or veggie stems, like carrot tops, you can make a delicious pesto. Just throw them all in a food processor with olive oil, parmesan, some pine nuts, and salt and pepper and you have a great sauce to toss with pasta or top off meat.