No Food Waste: (Meatless) Italian Sausage And Cauliflower Leaf Pasta

I hate food waste. It’s a big problem in many places, with far-reaching impacts. It’s also deeply troubling that as much as an estimated 40% of food here is wasted when, at the same time, so many people are food insecure. Let’s see what we can do to minimize and/or avoid wasting these precious resources…and make some tasty meals!

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Ferment This: Rescued Root Veggie Pickles

Refrigerator crisper drawers invite egregious procrastination. They allow unassuming veggies to hide until they’re past the point of no return – soft, soggy, sometimes slimy. Eww. In my efforts to avoid wasting food, I am occasionally horrified at what I find in there: lettuce that appears to be sporting a coating of pinkish ectoplasm, a severely shriveled and rubberized carrot, a desiccated and scraggly scallion…they haunt the crisper drawer and remind me that wasting food is a character flaw. Today, however, I managed to salvage some of the sorriest specimens and turn them into something tasty.

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No Food Waste: Vegan Pumpkin And Raisin Muffins

This is the second post in a series on how I’m using as much of the pumpkins we carved for Halloween as possible. In my previous post, the Ghostbuster-themed jack o’lanterns’ innards provided delightful roasted pumpkin seeds. With plenty of the stately squash left, I needed to find other ways to use it. So why not a dark, toothsome muffin that utilizes the pumpkin “guts”?

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