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Cooking from Root to Stem

Did you know that you can basically eat each and every part of most fruits and vegetables? You just have to know what to do with each nutritious part! Root-to-stem cooking is a great way to decrease food waste while creating new flavorful recipes. Instead of chopping off those leafy stems or pushing onion skins off to the side, save them for other recipes for naturally added flavor!

Check out these simple ways to reduce food waste and utilize all parts of fruits and veggies, from the root to the stem:

  • Potato skins – what do you normally do after peeling a potato? Throw away all of that potato skin? No! When life gives you potato skins, make French fries! You can toss the peels in olive oil and seasonings and bake them until they’re crispy.
  • Stock – keep a bag of veggie scraps like carrot peels, onion skins, and herb stems in your freezer. When the bag is full, boil in water for your very own, homemade vegetable stock!
  • Pickle – pickling is a creative and tangy way to use up those extra vegetable parts. Beet stems, chard stems, and even watermelon rinds can be pickled.
  • Ginger peels – ginger peels can be added to broth, blended in juices, or boiled to add a fresh flavor to tea.
  • Broccoli stalks – once the outer peel is removed, these crunchy green stalks can be cut up or shredded into salads or roasted with the rest of your veggies.
  • Sauces – carrot tops and other green veggie tops make great additions to sauces and salsas. Substitute cilantro in salsa or basil in pesto for carrot tops or kale stems.
  • Sautee – beet greens and other tops of root vegetables are great sautéed with herbs and spices and make a tasty addition to any meal.
  • Smoothies – use root vegetable greens to add extra vitamins and minerals to smoothies!
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  • April 9, 2018

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“Thank you for including me today in the food waste demonstration/[chef competition] and flattering me with the role of “judge.” I will proudly don the [Stop Food Waste Day] apron the next time I plan an “event” in our own kitchen. I think this is a very worthwhile cause and the statistics you read off are staggering. They, alone, can intimidate a home chef, let alone be the “driver’ for a professional one.”

“I wanted to take this moment to thank you and your staff for making the Athletic Celebration absolutely wonderful. I cannot say enough great things about the event. The food was outstanding and the service was fantastic. Thank you for your help from start to finish.”

“Thank You for once again going above and beyond to ensure that our programs are a success. Your willingness to customize menus as well as provide your expert guidance to develop a well-rounded selection of offerings is what keeps us coming back! The food is always exceptional! Our programs would not be a success without the CulinArt team!”

“I just wanted to give a huge compliment to the cook at Main Street. Today I had the Salmon Super Bowl and it was amazing!!!! Every day I go in there she always has something that looks too wonderful to pass up! Thank you for always having such a variety of food!”

“We appreciate the excellent service that is a hallmark of the Chadwick Culinart team. You all are such professionals - and you always deliver your service in such a pleasant manner! Thank you for everything you do to help make the Village events successful. We greatly appreciate your talents, efforts, and kindness.”

“What a wonderful dinner we had tonight for our international families. The food was delicious and well presented as well.”

“I just wanted to send a quick note acknowledging the wonderful food and service provided by our new vendor.  The food was delicious and the students consistently commented on how amazing everything was.  What a difference! In addition, the staff and management were so easy to deal with – very professional.  They were punctual, responsive and attentive to our needs.  Thank you again for making a positive change to the quality of life of our students.”

“Even though we see challenges every day, each one of you rises to the occasion and makes it seem so easy. I cannot express how impressive it is to see you all work in such a fashion. You are true professionals.”

“Many, and I do mean many, thanks for a great Parents Weekend.  I heard from so many happy parents and you all work very hard to make it happen.  In gratitude and kindness…”

“I would like to thank you and your staff for helping to make our Annual Holiday Party a Great Success.  You did an Amazing job from the décor, the food and the service you provided! I have heard nothing but great comments. As always, I enjoyed working with you and your team.”

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