KItchen Scraps or Yummy Salad?

Does it ever feel like you throw away more than you keep when preparing your veggies? It's always frustrating as you pay for vegetables by the pound yet throw away much of what you just bought. Aligned with my obsession to save money and reduce waste, I'm always looking for ways to use the 'scraps' whether it be save them for a future broth or composting them in the garden. I'm also discovering that some of it is quite edible. One example of this is Broccoli. For some reason many of us grew up watching people cut off the stem and throw it away. Maybe its not as aesthetically pleasing to the eye so our impulse is to reject it.



The broccoli stems are just as edible and delicious as their flowery tops. You can cook them the same as the broccoli heads. Boil, broil, steam, roast, grill or eat raw! I had quite a bundle of stems that collected after we had house guests so I decided to try something different. Turning them into a fresh raw broccoli/carrot slaw. 
I trimmed off the spots and knots with a potato peeler and used my spiralizer to cut up the stems. You could chop them by hand or any other method to reach the desired consistency. I also grabbed some rooting carrots that were getting old in the fridge and spun those through the spiralizer as well.
I searched the internet for a dressing recipe. I'm always in search of something for which I already have all the ingredients. You could use coleslaw dressing or really anything you have in the fridge.

I mixed:
3T Mayonnaise
2T plain Greek yogurt
2 1/2T Spicy Brown Mustard (not Dijon)
1 1/2T Apple Cider Vinegar
2t. Honey
Fresh Cracked Pepper to taste
(for 5 cups of slaw)

The timing was perfect. My husband and son were headed out on a camping trip so put the salad in a zip loc bag and into the cooler. Needless to say they ate it all and really enjoyed it. I love that I was able to get a side dish for several more meals out of these stems that would have otherwise been thrown away.

Tell me about some other edible scraps that your family loves!

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