Cooking Hacks: 3 Recipes Using Leftovers – Stop Wasting Food!

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By: Jared Cotter Posted: 7:53 PM, Feb 28, 2018

Reducing food waste isn't the most attractive subject to talk about, but it's important for our communities and the environment. Not only that, but it can save you a lot of money and make the most of what you eat. Nutritionist Chef Teresa Hansen is lending us a hand and whipping up some upcycled snacks that prove that one man's trash – is another man's dinner!  

1. Pesto 

When it comes to making pesto from scratch, we typically have basil, but we are subbing in dark leafy greens. They're a little bitter, but they'll add a lot more nutritional value. We're also using walnuts instead of pine nuts, which are less expensive and easier to find. 


3 cups leafy green tops (from beets, carrots or radishes) 

2 cloves garlic 

2 tbsp lemon juice 

1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese 

¼ cup walnuts, toasted 

¼ tsp kosher salt 

¼ tsp black pepper 

¼ cup of olive oil 


Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add leafy greens to boiling water and cook for one minute. Remove and place directly in an ice bath of one minute. Drain and squeeze excess water from greens.  

Add blanched greens, garlic, lemon juice, parmesan cheese, walnuts, salt, pepper and olive oil to a food processor. 

Blend until mixture is smooth and completely combined. Keep refrigerated. 


2. Blueberry Jam 

If you have overripe berries or any overripe fruit that's gone past its point, this is a great recipe to utilize. It's a berry chia jam. 


1 cup overripe berries 

1 tbsp honey 

1/8 tsp cinnamon 

1 tbsp chia seeds 


In a small saucepan, combine the berries and honey. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. 

Reduce heat and stir in the cinnamon and chia seeds. Bring just to boiling and reduce heat. Simmer uncovered for five minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat and cool. 

Store in refrigerator for up to one week. 


3. Veggie Pulp Gummies 

If you're into juicing regularly, then you know that there's always excess stuff in fruits and vegetables that gets usually tossed away or poured down the sink. But hold on to your pulp, because here's a snack you can make with it instead. 


½ cup vegetable juice pulp (such as spinach, kale and carrots) 

2 tbsp coconut sugar or granulated sugar 

½ cup apple juice 

4 tbsp gelatin (about three packets) 


Stir all ingredients together in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over low heat just until a slightly thicker mixture forms.  

Remove from heat and immediately portion into fruit gummy molds. Refrigerate until set for about 30 minutes. 


So next time you have extra pulp, veggie leaves, or overripe fruit, think twice about tossing it. You're most likely throwing away money and nutrients to help your diet. Try these instead! 

Will you be giving these snacks a try? Join the conversation now on our Facebook page @TheListShowTV. 


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