Our plant-based journey also has a journey in itself. We have a goal to reduce our food waste and one of the ways is to use up all of our fresh produce before they go bad. Sometimes there’s that lone carrot or a few baby potatoes that you just want to finish but don’t know how to.
We’ve identified a few plant-based dishes that are excellent staples for when you want to use up leftover produce and we hope you guys find them useful!
Pasta is a staple dish in our household. Whether it’s a red or white sauce pasta dish, we’re always looking for some sort of vegetable to make it more colourful and healthy. Zucchini, bell peppers, carrots, celery, kale and spinach are excellent vegetables to mix in with your pasta dish.
Check out our pasta recipes here!
We love stir-frying our hardier leftover veggies with some vegan oyster sauce or just plain old soy sauce. Serve them with some rice or noodles and it’s dinner is sorted! The best thing about this is that you can pop them into some boxes and keep them in the fridge for another few days.
There’s absolutely no rules to a nourish bowl. Grill, bake or boil some veggies and serve it with a type of grain. Drizzle some homemade sauce over the top and top it up with seeds or nuts if you fancy. It’s a really easy way to use up the vegetables in the fridge that’s about to go rotten.
Soups and Stews
Soups and stews are the best recipes to make use of unused vegetables. They’re often just a mixture of different types of vegetables with herbs and spices blended together. When I have leafy greens or potatoes, carrots, celery left over, I like to make a Vietnamese soup known as ‘canh’. It’s basically chopped up veggies with a watery seasoned broth – absolutely heart and tummy warming!
Check out our soup recipes here!
Although we like buying our vegetable broth because of convenience, we sometimes make our own vegetable broth when we have vegetables left over. We either use up the broth immediately or freeze it for later.
For the vegetables that’s most likely all soft and mushy, we either blend them for our dogs (read below), blend it and season it to make a gravy alternative or sometimes we just throw them into the compost bin.
Smoothies and Juice
If the fruit or vegetable is looking a tad sad… overripe or a bit past it’s due date… but you know it’s still edible (important too!) then throw it into the blender and make a smoothie! This way, you won’t be reminded of the soft mushy parts that make it unappealing to eat whole. The best thing about this is that you can throw in your other leftover produce or add in fresh produce and it’ll all come together. We recommend smoothies or making cloudy juice because it’s healthier and reaps the full benefits of all parts of the fruit!
Check out our smoothie recipes here!
If you have a dog, giving them your leftover fruits and vegetables is a great way to reduce food waste. Just make sure to do your research and know that what you’re giving them aren’t poisonous to dogs. We feed our dogs a raw diet so we often buy fresh produce on their behalf too. Even if you don’t feed your dog a raw diet, our vet recommended to mix in vegetables with their kibble. Mishka and Lychee absolutely loves sharing what ever fruits we’re munching on as a snack!