11 Ways to Use Ingredients You'd Normally Toss

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Stop right there! That piece of food you're about to toss could actually transform your next meal. We have no-waste recipes for all the ingredients you don't normally consider ingredients: broccoli stems, beet leaves, meat bones—even the leftover pulp after you make almond milk.

Tangy Broccoli Salad

Ingredient You Shouldn't Toss: Broccoli Stems

Here's a type of veggie noodle you've probably never had. The "pasta" is made from peeled and shaved broccoli stems. 

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Roasted Carrots with Carrot-Top Pesto

Ingredient You Shouldn't Toss: Carrot Tops

Yes, you're essentially dipping carrots in carrots. And yes, it's delicious.

No-Waste Almond Pulp Crackers

Ingredient You Shouldn't Toss: Almond Pulp

Homemade almond milk calls for a lot of almonds, and throwing them away after you soak them would be a shame. Blogger Lauren Kelp created these crackers, so you now have a delicious use for almond pulp.

Glazed Celery and Fennel

Ingredient You Shouldn't Toss: Fennel Fronds, Celery Leaves, and Onion Tops

This pretty, warm salad uses three ingredients you might typically toss: fennel fronds, celery leaves, and onion tops. The green trio is coursely chopped and sprinkled on top of the salad.

Beef Bone Broth

Ingredient You Shouldn't Toss: Beef Bones

In light of the recent bone broth trend, don't toss your beef soup bones. Instead, make your own flavorful broth.

Chicken Bone Broth

Ingredient You Shouldn't Toss: Chicken Bones

Same thing goes for chicken—don't throw those bones! First make bone broth, then use the meat however you'd like.


Ingredient You Shouldn't Toss: Parmesan Rind

Bolognese might be a dish you already make all the time, but you need to try this cheesy twist. Stir a leftover Parmesan rind into the sauce for an extra bit of flavor.

Roasted Beet Salad with Shredded Greens, Golden Raisins, and Pine Nuts

Ingredient You Shouldn't Toss: Beet Tops

While you might typically toss beet tops after trimming them, this salad says don't. Sliced beet greens make for a pretty and flavorful salad when tossed with olive oil and warm beets.

Wilted Greens and Eggs

Ingredient You Shouldn't Toss: Wilted Spinach

Are you the type to get rid of anything that's even slightly wilted? Stop! Take your slightly wilted spinach and cook it in vinegar, brown sugar, paprika, olive oil, and garlic for intentionally spiced and wilted greens.

Radishes with Crispy Prosciutto

Ingredient You Shouldn't Toss: Radish Tops

Look for radishes with greens that are bright-colored and free of holes, so you can use the full vegetable. Besides radishes and prosciutto, this 25-minute side dish also features shallots and arugula.

Pickle-Brined Chicken

Ingredient You Shouldn't Toss: Pickle Juice

Once you're done with a jar of dill pickles, don't pour the juice down the drain. It gives chicken a delicious flavor that no other ingredient can.

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