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SQUASH FOOD WASTE!

November 2, 2015

photo @Sarah_Phillips

#NOFOODWASTE NOVEMBER

Squash are the ultimate sign of autumn and the approaching holiday season. Not only do edible squash grace the markets and our dinner tables, but gourds and pumpkins also take up residency on our doorsteps—welcoming us home, inviting in family and visitors, and telling of the warmth, coziness and cheer that await inside.

Not much feels more like fall than sitting down to a meal with roast squash—the smells that fill the house from its time in the oven, and the sweet creaminess of its warm flesh. Squash is a fruit, after all (the internal seeds give it away). But besides pumpkin pie, squash is typically used in savory dishes. And with Thanksgiving fast approaching (mental note: now is the time to order your heritage bird!), squash recipes are abound, begging to be cooked.

While the upcoming holiday is often focused on the recipes and eating a delicious meal (don’t get us wrong, we Foodstanders love our food), it’s truly about being thankful and appreciative for everything that we have—loved ones and food alike. An amazing way to celebrate the people we love is cooking an amazing meal for them. And the best way to celebrate the beautiful food on our plates? Join Foodstand in pledging a #NoFoodWaste November, by being mindful of the ways in which we can get the most out of our food. How? Click to tweet your #NoFoodWaste pledge. Then share your good no-food-waste deeds on the Foodstand app and apply #NoFoodWaste. Yes, we have prizes for the top posts. But really, feeling good about using ingredients to their fullest potential is the best reward. #NoFoodWaste is good for the planet, ourselves, and our wallets!

Less food waste, huh? Yes. Take squash for example. Instead of tossing the seeds, clean and roast them with sea salt like Foodstander @Tiffany for tomorrow’s snack. And all the peelings and squash guts (that’s the technical term) can be composted, returning the nutrients to the soil to help grow more squash. Using the whole thing is a great way to have #NoFoodWaste. And if you want more ideas, check out Foodstand’s #NoFoodWaste November Tips, our top 5 ways to help you cut food waste in the kitchen, to start you on your way.


EAT & DRINK


STUFFED ACORN SQUASH by foodbymars

INGREDIENTS

1 medium acorn squash
1/2 cup of uncooked wild rice
2 handfuls of dried cranberries
1 handful of chopped walnuts
6 tsp of tahini sauce
dash sea salt
dash pepper
*optional for non-vegans: dash of grated parmesan cheese

METHOD

Pre-heat the oven at 400f degrees while you chop the acorn squash in half, lengthwise and remove the seeds from the centers.

On a baking sheet, drizzle olive oil and lightly season squash with salt and pepper, place the two halves down on the flat inside, side. Roast for approx. 30 minutes (I left mine in for 40 because I love it caramelized on top!)

While the squash is roasting, cook your rice according to the package directions (should be 1/2 cup wild rice and 1 1/2 cups water, boil, then simmer covered for 30 mins). If you prefer to do white or brown rice, go for it!

When squash is finished, flip over and set aside. When the rice is finished cooking, mix in the cranberries, and spoon mixture into the centers of the squash.

Drizzle the tahini (3 tsp for each half) over the rice mixture and place in the oven for approx. 10 minutes.

Roughly chop the walnuts and sprinkle over, as well as cheese if you’re using it. Serves 2.

 


MINI APPLE CIDER PUMPKIN DOUGHNUTS by chefshauna

INGREDIENTS

2 cups oat flour (I made my own version by grinding gluten-free oats in my blender)
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp + 1 dash salt
1 1/4  tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
3/4 cup apple cider
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
Optional: cinnamon and sugar for coating

METHOD

Preheat the oven to 350*. Whisk together the dry ingredients (oat flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves and ground ginger) until mixed thoroughly. In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients (pureed pumpkin, apple cider, maple syrup and melted coconut oil). Add wet mixture to the dry mixture a little at a time and combine. 

If you have a mini doughnut pan, that works perfectly, if not, a regular cookie will work just fine! Either way, spray or oil your pan. Add your batter to a large freezer bag with a spatula. Twist the end like a pastry bag and squeeze the batter down towards the corner of the bag where you can snip off the tip. Using the bag, either fill the doughnut pan or create doughnut shapes on your cookie sheet by outlining small circles. 

Cook doughnuts for 10 minutes. In a clean bowl, mix cinnamon and sugar together to create a coating for the doughnuts. After 10 minutes, take the doughnuts out of the oven and allow to cool for 1-2 minutes before dunking each of the doughnuts in cinnamon and sugar and placing back in the pan. Cook for an additional 10 minutes with the coating. 

If you’d rather not add the sugar coating, cook doughnuts straight through for 15-20 minutes and lightly sprinkle cinnamon on top before serving. Makes about 22 doughnuts.

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#NoFoodWaste November Tips

November 1, 2015

FOODSTAND’S TOP 5 WAYS TO CUT FOOD WASTE

1. USE THE WHOLE THING.

Have carrot tops? Turn them into pesto. Just juiced a lemon? Remove the pith and infuse the skins in olive oil with some herbs for your next vinaigrette. Peeled some potatoes? Toss the skins with olive oil, salt and spices and roast them in the oven to make chips.

(Photo by @elisalyew: Carrot-top pesto, using ingredients left from making carrot cake! #nowaste)

 


2. STORE YOUR FOOD PROPERLY.

Foods spoil more quickly when stored incorrectly. Keep onions, garlic, potatoes and squash in a cool dark place (but not in the fridge). Store whole greens such as kale, chard and collards with a towel to absorb moisture in a plastic bag in your fridge. Don’t store fruits and vegetables in the same crisper drawer. Don’t keep olive oil above the stove or the heat will cause it to go rancid.

(Photo by @annefood: Plastic bags, reused!)


3. KNOW FOOD CPR.

Are your greens or carrots looking wilted? Plunge them into an ice water bath to crisp them up. Sad celery? Cut off the bottoms and place stems in a jar of water like you would a bouquet of flowers.

(Photo by @annefood: A bouquet of happy swiss chard for tonight’s dinner.)


4. USE YOUR FREEZER.

Going out of town and have a leftover onion? Dice and freeze it. Then simply toss it in a pot with olive oil the next time you start to make a soup. Speaking of soup, freeze celery and carrot ends you might otherwise discard to use in vegetable stock. Didn’t eat the whole loaf of bread? Slice and freeze the remainder for quick toast in the morning.

(Photo by @annefood: Leftover lemons, plus raspberries and banana for smoothies!)


5. SAVE YOUR LEFTOVERS.

Have a few bites of vegetables left on your plate at the restaurant? Take them home to eat in your omelette tomorrow morning. Leftover chicken breast? Slice it and make a sandwich for tomorrow’s lunch. Extra plain brown rice? Heat it up with some milk and cinnamon for breakfast the next day.

(Photo by @annefood: Leftover cabbage? Make a salad! #NoFoodWaste)