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Are You Wasting These 7 Vegetables?

Are You Wasting These 7 Vegetables?

Since I started growing my own vegetables in my garden, I’ve been really interested in eating as much of the plants as possible. I hate throwing food away and when it’s something you’ve nurtured from tiny seeds, the urge not to waste food is even stronger. Now, I realize just how much edible food I used to throw away, because I didn’t think to eat it.

There were seven tasty veggies that I was almost completely wasting! Are you in the habit of doing the same?

Here are 7 vegetables that you might be wasting, and what to do with them:

1. Carrot tops

There’s no need to waste the lovely leaves on carrots! Have you noticed how they look a lot like flat leaf parsley? They taste similar too. It’s a pleasantly ‘green’ taste, and can be used wherever you’d normally go with leafy herbs.

2. Squash and potato skins/peels

There aren’t many vegetables I bother to peel anymore, apart from sweet corn and fava beans (broad beans). I often feel to lazy to do it, but I also tell myself it’s because much of the nutrition and flavour is in or just under the skins.

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I also love roasting pumpkin or butternut squash with the skins on, and then eating the skin. They are delicious and easy to chew since they’re well cooked!

I once did a taste test of potatoes roasted with and without skins. The unpeeled ones were just bursting with potato flavour, and I have not peeled them since.

3. Beet leaves and stems

Small beet leaves are great served raw in salads, but when the leaves get larger, cooking them to soften the texture.

A fantastic method is to wash the beet leaves and stems, and then chop. Chop the stems finely so they’ll cook faster. Next, pan fry them in a little oil with garlic, just until everything is tender.

4. Fava bean leaves

During the last planting season, I was really late in planting my fava beans, therefore I hardly had actual beans. It wasn’t the end of the world because I still had some of the leaves. They have a super fresh bean flavour that I adore. The texture can be a little limp though, so mix fava bean leaves with other salad leaves.

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They are lovely cooked in a pan until just wilted with a little garlic, oil, and a splash of water.

5. Swiss chard stalks

You can either set aside the chard stalks (silver beets) to cook separately, or chop and sauté them in oil with a little garlic until they’re almost tender, and then add the leaves.

6. Broccoli & cauliflower stems

When cooking broccoli or cauliflower, finely slice the stems and treat them exactly the same as the florettes.

7. Broccoli leaves

When you’re growing your own broccoli, you’ll have access to the mature leaves. Treat them the same as you would kale.

If you’re buying broccoli you may get it with the tiny leaves attached. Simply handle these leaves the same as the rest of the head.

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Here’s a Recipe You May Like to Try:

Roast Chicken with Carrot Top Pesto Recipe

Chicken and carrot pesto

    Serves 2
    For the pesto:
    1 bunch baby carrot tops
    1 bunch flat leaf parsley
    1 small clove garlic
    2 handfuls pine nuts
    1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
    1 large handful grated parmesan

    1. Whizz carrot tops, parsley, garlic and nuts in a food processor until finely chopped.

    2. With the motor running pour in the oil. Stir in parmesan. Taste and season if needed.

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    For the chicken:
    4 chicken thigh fillets
    1 bunch baby carrots
    1 head garlic, broken into individual cloves, skins still on
    carrot top pesto (above) to serve

    1. Preheat oven to 200C (400F).

    2. Place chicken, carrots and garlic in a roasting pan. Drizzle with some oil and sea salt.

    3. Roast for 25-30 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink.

    4. Serve hot with carrot top pesto on top.

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    Last Updated on March 13, 2019

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

    1. Work on the small tasks.

    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

    2. Take a break from your work desk.

    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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    3. Upgrade yourself

    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

    4. Talk to a friend.

    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

    7. Read a book (or blog).

    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

    8. Have a quick nap.

    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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    9. Remember why you are doing this.

    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

    10. Find some competition.

    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

    11. Go exercise.

    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

    12. Take a good break.

    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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