How to use up your produce + Eggplant Fries

You know what drives me crazy? When I buy a random vegetable for a recipe that sounds amazing, but I don't use the whole thing, and then I find it in the drawer of my fridge weeks later... Such a waste! 

I'm saying no to produce waste.  Want to join me? 

Here are the vegetables that have been showing up in my fridge lately, half used, that I don't automatically eat on a regular basis: 

  • purple cabbage
  • summer squash
  • green beans
  • eggplant

I don't know what it is about these 4 summer veggies, but I always seem to buy just a bit too much, or bit too big, and there I am, with a bin full of veggie halves, feeling like I have nothing to eat for dinner. 

How to use up your leftover veggies

1.  Throw hearty veggies into your pasta water with 3-4 minutes left to cook.  I did this with purple cabbage and it was so yummy! You could do this with any hearty leafy green, green beans, peppers - you name it. 

2. Make an earth bowl. Cook up your favorite grain (brown rice, quinoa, millet, etc.). Add an extra 1/4 c. water when cooking, then add chopped veggies when there is about 10 minutes left to cook. Make a quick dressing (1/2 c. olive oil, 1/4 c. vinegar, sea salt, and pepper) and stir it all together. Top with a little goat cheese or a fried egg. Delish!  

3. Make fries, obvi. To use up my eggplant and green beans, I brushed them with an egg, rolled them in some cornmeal flour and herbs, and baked them in the oven for 20 minutes. Ruby couldn't keep her paws lil' off.

Here's the full recipe.

Eggplant Fries

Ingredients

Eggplant - however much you have left, cut into wedges
1 - egg, beaten
1/4 c. or more - cornmeal, chickpea, or spelt flour
1 T. - dried herbs (basil, parsley, etc.)
1 t. - coarse sea salt

Method

  1. Salt the eggplant and let sit for 10 minutes, then dab off the moisture (this eliminates the bitter taste).
  2. Crack an egg in a bowl and beat well.
  3. Mix flour, herbs, and sea salt in another bowl.
  4. Brush eggplant fries with egg, then roll in the flour and place on a baking sheet. 
  5. Bake for 20 minutes at 350. 

How do you use up your leftover produce?  Show me on instagram (tag @voedenkitchen), or leave me a comment.  

Have a great weekend!

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