Snacks from scraps – Roots, stalks and all

So you know food waste is costing you, our farmers and the environment, but you’re sick of being spoon fed solutions that are good in theory, but don’t work when stuff gets real.

Enter Youth Food Movement Australia’s SpoonLed series, food waste advice from young people like yourself. They’re gathering up the best solutions that actually work and are freakin delicious, from their mates and Sydney workshops. Read on to give food waste the flip.

Reckon you’re too broke to eat real food this week? Yep, we’ve all had one of those weeks where something else ate up the food budget (*cough*coffee*cough*). But now you can have your real coffee AND your real food too. Get a load of these slick secret ingredients that you’ll never chuck out again. Here’s how to turns scraps into snacks, soup and plenty more by eating root-to-stalk.

Stemmin’ stalk waste

Ok, sorry to burst your broccoli bubble, but it turns out those stalks are damn delicious. Peel off that tough outer skin at the base of broccoli stalks and you have a sweet, nutty path to vegetable heaven on your hands. Cut it up just like the florets, sear it and consume just as normal. Or you can get fancy and elevate them to the centrepiece of your plate.

And guys. Kale chips are soooo yesterday when you could be roasting your cauliflower leaves (it’s okay, you didn’t know). Wanna dip them in something equally delicious? Hummus will never be boring again when you’ve blitzed in your spinach stalks (known to the rest of the world as chard or silverbeet). Sub inbeetroot leaf stalks and your dip will be tickled pink.

Hang on to the rest of your kale stalks and other herbaceous stems for your own signature bouillon.

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Top if off with greens

Looking for some greens that are outrageously delicious and a little different? Start looking at the greens on top of your root and stalk based veg in a whole new light.

If you want a little pepperiness and crunch, you can’t go past radish tops. For a parsley stand-in for anything cooked, carrot tops and celery greens are awesome (they also make a good pesto with a healthy dose of lemon and garlic).

Leek and shallot greens are just as delicious as their white bottoms – leek greens just need a little extra cooking.

The one caveat here is rhubarb leaves, which are poisonous. If you’re ever unsure if something’s edible, a quick Google will give you peace of mind (and maybe, dinner).