Don’t toss that! How to cook with nutritious food scraps | The Optimist Daily
Today’s Solutions: July 18, 2024

Earlier this week we shared the No-Waste Vegetable Cookbook which encourages home chefs to rethink how they use items like vegetable skins, seeds, and roots. Today, we’re elaborating on that idea with six types of kitchen scraps that can be repurposed into nutritious food sources. 

  1. Strawberry tops. You’re probably focused on the delicious red fruit of these summer berries, but the tops are high in vitamin C and antioxidants as well! Add them to a blended smoothie or drop them in a pitcher of water to add some extra nutrients to your hydration routine. 
  2. Kiwi skins. These fuzzy friends are high in vitamin C, antioxidants, and fiber. You can eat them along with the fleshy fruit or add them to smoothies. 
  3. Citrus peels. Use the zest of lemon or orange peels to add a burst of flavor to any dish. You can also boil the peels in a simple syrup solution to make delicious candy peel snacks. 
  4. Pineapple cores and peels. These can be used to make tepache, a gut-friendly fermented Mexican drink. You’ll just need water, brown sugar, and pineapple parts. This recipe breaks down exactly how to make it.
  5. Apple cores. Most of an apple’s healthy bacteria are found in its seeds. You can use cores to make your own apple cider vinegar by combining some cores with a tablespoon of sugar and dechlorinated water for a few days. 
  6. Watermelon rinds. Eaten as is, these have a similar consistency and flavor to a cucumber. If that doesn’t sound appealing, you can also boil them with apple cider vinegar, water, sugar, ginger, salt, and spices before jarring it for a delicious picked version. 

We’ve grown up learning what parts of fruits and vegetables are edible and what should be tossed, but oftentimes, there’s a use for every part of the produce. Use these six types to get you started on your zero waste cooking journey.

Solutions News Source Print this article
More of Today's Solutions

Election anxiety levels through the roof? Strategies to deal with election-in...

Election seasons are known to be tense, but this year stress levels are at another level. We are finding this election season extremely arduous; ...

Read More

Beating the heat: Your comprehensive guide to staying cool and safe in extrem...

BY THE OPTIMIST DAILY EDITORIAL TEAM In light of the extreme coast-to-coast heat hitting the United States and Canada, this week we're bringing back ...

Read More

What’s healthier? Toasted or untoasted bread?

Choosing to toast bread is typically a matter of taste and texture, but did you know that toasting (and dehydrating) your bread might actually ...

Read More

Could this invisible label revolutionize textile recycling?

It's no secret that garments are thrown out at an alarming rate due to fast fashion and the rapid-fire cycling of trends. Furthermore, we ...

Read More