Ingredient of the week

Have you ever bought 15 ingredients for one recipe just to throw them away a few days later when they start to go bad? Did you know that about 90 pounds of edible food goes wasted each year that costs the average consumer 370 dollars![i] At the same time, 16 million kids struggle with hunger. This does not have to be the reality in America. [ii]

For me, I often find that I waste food when I buy an ingredient specifically for a recipe and then don’t make a plan on how I will use it later in the week. I think this especially holds true when I am cooking for myself and only need a small amount.

Therefore, each week I will be choosing one ingredient to use in the weeks recipes. The recipes will be a mix of breakfasts, salads, appetizers, and entrees. I hope the difference recipes with the featured ingredient will inspire you to plan ways to use your groceries and reduce your food waste. Besides having a positive impact on others and the environment, you will end up saving yourself a lot of money—and really who couldn’t use a little more money!

The ingredients I feature will often be seasonal produce, but I might choose other ingredients that end up in your refrigerator door forever too. If you have any suggestions for ingredients let me know.

[i] USDA
[ii] No Kid Hungry/Share Our Strength

 

This Week: 

 

Past Weeks 

Broccoli

Asian Style Broccoli with Brown Rice 

Spaghetti Squash Shrimp Pad Thai 

Broccoli Zucchini Chickpea Farro Risotto

Super Greens Pizza 

 

Acorn Squash

Mushroom Farro Risotto with Acorn Squash 

Delicata Squash & Mushroom Flatbread

Creamy Kale & Spinach Squash Tacos 

Warm Delicata Squash & Mushroom Miso Tahini Salad 

Love and Lemons: Roasted Squash & Apple Salsa

 

Pumpkin

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Chai/Nutella Chai Buttercream

Pumpkin Gnocchi with Crispy Sage and Parmesan

Farro with Pumpkin, Pomegranate, & Brussels

Cauliflower Steak with Pumpkin Tahini Dressing and Pistachios 

 

Apple

Apple Chai Spice Overnight Oats 

Turkey Apple Cheddar Burgers with Onion Jam 

Apple Autumn Salad

Apple Dutch Baby 

How Sweet It Is: Oatmeal Apple Butter Square

 

Corn

Cheddar Corn Cakes

Grilled Corn Guacamole 

 

Figs

Fig, Avocado, Nectarine, Buratta Salad 

Fig & Blackberry Baked Brie 

Chia Pudding with Figs & Pistachio

Fig & Buratta Galette with Kale Walnut Pizza

 

Cherries

Cherry Acai Bowl 

Cherry Blueberry Fruit Salsa 

Cherry & Grilled Corn Salad

Black Cherry Nutella Greek Yogurt Popsicles

 

Watermelon

Watermelon Rose Popsicles

Watermelon & Feta Salad 

Watermelon, Cantaloupe, and Mozzarella Skewers 

Watermelon Pizza 

 

Zucchini

Avocado Basil Zoodles & Shrimp 

Zucchini Feta Chickpea Burger 

Zucchini Fries with Whipped Feta 

Zucchini Veggie Sandwich

 

Blueberries

Mini Blueberry Crisp 

Blueberry Ombre Smoothie

Red, White, and Blueberry Pancakes

Blueberry, feta, and mint salad, with Salmon 

 

Apricots

Apricot Blackberry and Brie Grilled Cheese 

Apricot, Grilled Corn, & Buratta Salad

Shrimp Tacos with Apricot Strawberry Tacos 

Apricot Strawberry Avocado Salsa 

 

Swiss Chard

Miso Swiss Chard Quinoa Bowls 

Swiss Chard Gremolata with Roasted Cauliflower and Quinoa Spaghetti 

Mushroom & Swiss Chard Lettuce Wraps 

 

Strawberries

Strawberry Pistachio Brie Crostini 

Strawberry Almond Oat Bars 

Strawberry Shortcake Overnight Oats 

Strawberry Tabbouleh

 

Brussels Sprouts

Apricot & Feta Brussels Sprouts 

Brussels Ceaser Salad 

Orange Brussels Sprouts with Mint Yogurt 

 

Carrots

Carrot & Shrimp Peanut Satay

Carrot Apple Muffins 

Asian Carrot Salad 

 

Asparagus

Asparagus & Mushroom Pizza 

Asparagus & Egg

Spring Barley 

 

Mango

Mango Guacamole

Strawberry Mango Smoothie 

Black Bean Mango Salad 

 

Cauliflower

Cauliflower Chickpea Tacos

Cauliflower Fried Rice

Salmon and Cauliflower Puree

 

Mushrooms

Miso Mushroom Soba Noodles

Pistachio Pesto stuffed Portabella’s

Baby Bella Mushroom Burgers

 

Pears

Butternut Squash & Pear Pizza 

Almond Pear Oatmeal Bake 

Green Pear Smoothie 

 

Sweet Potatoes

Spiralized Sweet Potato Hash with Egg

Sweet Potato Veggie Burger with Cranberry Yogurt Sauce

Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili

 

Grapefruit

Grapefruit Avocado Quinoa Spinach Salad

Chia Seed Pudding with Broiled Grapefruit

Broiled Grapefruit Whole Wheat Muffins

 

Butternut Squash

Cauliflower Crust Pizza with Butternut Squash & Brussels Sprouts

Butternut Squash Farro Mushroom Risotto

Butternut Squash and Rainbow Carrot Salad

 

Pomegranates

Overnight Oats with Pomegranates & Raspberries

Pear & Pomegranate Winter Salad

Mahi-Mahi Fish Tacos with Pomegranate Cranberry Salsa