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Waste-Free Recipes for our Homes & the Planet

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Minimising our food waste, not only gives leftovers a new lease of life, but it also helps our wallets too. In some shocking facts and stats from food-waste app Olio, it is said that “over 1/3 of all food produced globally goes to waste.” So let’s do our bit & start the action from within our own homes, celebrating the food we’re eating and the farmers that grew it. Here are some delicious recipes to use parts of the veggies that ordinarily we might throw away.

For easy tips on how to waste-less in your home & get inspired, read here. And for tips & recipes on how to use up what you’ve probably already got in your cupboards, head here.

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1. Coconut Carrot Soup with Carrot Top Pesto
This Spiced Coconut Carrot Soup with Carrot Top Pesto is a great way to love your veggies and minimise food waste in your home. A comforting soup for all seasons, feel free to use whatever root veg you’ve got at home like sweet potatoes or squash. If you can’t get carrot tops then use whatever greens need some love instead, such as radish tops, or left over spinach/mixed leaves from salad bags that you don’t know what to do with
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2. Waste-Free Red Lentil Stew with Cauliflower
Hearty, comforting and less waste, this Red Lentil Stew with Roasted Cauliflower and crispy cauli leaves with zesty Zhoug dolloped on top is an ultimate big batch, warming dish. Double up the recipe keep half in the freezer when you don’t feel like cooking. Or make extra and give to someone who might need it. Don’t let the cauliflower leaves go to waste- they make the crispiest, crunchiest topping when roasted.
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3. Cauliflower No-Waste Noodles
The best quick weeknight dinner of cauliflower and kale noodles, using every part of the cauliflower so there’s no-waste. This is my go-to when I’ve got veg that needs using up, so do feel free so swap for broccoli, cabbage or any other greens you’ve got lying around that need some love. Simply don’t serve with the egg for a tasty vegan recipe!
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food waste fruit bowl bake

4. Fruit Bowl Bake
Making this Fruit Bowl Bake from my cookbook Eat Green is one of my favourite ways to use up any fruit that is in need of some love. Have you got apples turning brown? Then use them here!
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5.  Zero-Waste Cauliflower Soup
This zero waste Cauliflower soup uses all the bits you might throw away with fried cauliflower leaves giving a lovely crunch. The whole cauli is used in all it’s glory and goes in along with turmeric, ginger & some beans to make a creamy hearty base. Perfect more making a big batch and freezing for a rainy day.
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broth food waste leftovers

6. Brilliant Broth
This broth ritual has been passed down to me from my mum, using up all the scraps of your Sunday roast to make extra meals with. Ready to make your week better. Enjoy a comforting mug of it with miso and a squeeze of lemon or lime, or add to soups, stews, curries, ragus, risottos, sauces, gravies.
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7. Potato Tray Bake
This Potato and Kale and Egg Breakfast Tray Bake is one of my fail safe breakfast recipes when I *think* I have nothing to have for breakfast. But after a little *fridge forage* I can usually find eggs, some leftover roasted root veg and some sort of greenery getting a little wilted in my fridge. So let that make the base of a lovely breakfast tray bake, which you can bung in the oven, have a slow start and then you have minimal washing up to do afterwards.
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