Minimize Food Waste with Recipes & Tips Created by blogger Lisa Leake of 100 Days of Real Food
From a mouthwatering carrot top almond pesto, to a flavorful parsnip mash made with almond milk, Lisa Leake of 100 Days of Real Food is sharing simple snack and meal recipes that not only taste great, but also help minimize food waste in your kitchen.
Roughly one third of the food produced in the world gets lost or wasted every year. Perhaps even more alarming, the amount of food waste produced globally each year is more than enough to feed millions of hungry people in the world.1
These numbers are shocking, but there are small changes we can make, such as trying new recipes with what we already have, keeping an organized and efficient grocery list, embracing “imperfect produce,” and countless others to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle, and ultimately, do our part in the fight against food waste.
In fact, almond farmers minimize waste by using all the products grown on the almond tree. In addition to the nutrient-rich almond kernel we eat, there is the almond hull, which is not very tasty for us but nutritious as livestock feed. Providing hulls for livestock feed helps reduce the amount of land and water that would otherwise be used to grow other feed crops. The shells of almonds are used as livestock bedding.
In celebration of International Earth Day (April 22) and to share just how practical and rewarding including almonds in a more sustainable lifestyle can be, we have teamed up with blogger Lisa Leake to provide simple tips, and recipes.
Have some leftover vegetable greens, or can’t figure out what to do with a parsnip? Lisa’s recipes include ingredients consumers typically wouldn’t think to buy or use, which would otherwise be discarded.
- Adopt an “everything but the kitchen-sink” mentality. Try new recipes like Lisa’s parsnip mash with almond milk, roasted beet salad with almonds, frittata, stir-fry, and stew that are flexible enough to use up odds and ends at the end of the week. If you’re not a confident cook, type several ingredients you do have into a search bar on your favorite meal planner or search engine site.
- Prepare yourself for each grocery store visit. By simply making a list with your weekly meal plan in mind, you can not only reduce food waste but also save money and time. Keep a running list of the ingredients your household already enjoys and look in your refrigerator and cupboards to avoid buying food you already have.
- Make it a game. Put the ingredients you have on a table and challenge family members to get creative by transforming them into a meal using only what you already have in your kitchen. Pretend you’re in a mountain cabin and you can’t get back to the store until the end of the vacation, so you have to stretch out those ingredients.
- Embrace multi-purpose ingredients. For example, almonds can be used to not only produce chopped almonds, almond butter, almond flour and almond milk but also the almond hulls are sold as livestock feed and the shells are used as alternative fuel and livestock bedding. Carrot tops, although commonly discarded, can be used to make Lisa’s carrot top almond pesto and can be used in a variety of soup recipes.
Lisa Leake is a wife, mother, foodie, blogger and author of the New York Times best seller, “100 Days of Real Food.” She began chronicling her family’s journey on 100DaysofRealFood.com when in 2010 they decided to start seeking out the real food in our processed food world. What started as a simple pledge has turned into a valuable and practical resource that’s now read by millions around the globe. Follow Lisa on her website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
1. Key facts on food loss and waste you should know! (n.d.). Retrieved April 17, 2017, from http://www.fao.org/save-food/resources/keyfindings/en/