As part of HuffPost’s “Reclaim” project, HuffPost Taste will focus on simple ways you can reduce food waste in your own home.
It’s a mystery to us why people chop the florets off of broccoli and then throw out the stems. It’s a waste of good food and good money. Plus, the stems are just as tasty as the tops, and the texture is ― in our humble opinion ― even better. It’s buttery, tender and full of great flavor.
You don’t really want to eat broccoli stems raw like you might the florets ― they’re just too hard ― but once you cook with them you’ll quickly see how good they are (and you will never again throw them out). You can use them in place of florets in stir-fries, you can turn them into actual fries, or turn to them as a healthy pasta alternative. There are so many great options.
Here are a few recipes to get you started.
What's Cooking Good LookingGet the Broccoli Stem Fries With Chimichurri Tahini recipe from What's Cooking Good Looking
The Full HelpingGet the Simple Broccoli Stem And Brown Rice Stir Fry recipe from The Full Helping
James Ransom/Food52Get the Broccoli Marrow with Pecan Garlic Butter recipe from savorthis via Food52
Tasting PageGet the Carrot And Broccoli Chips recipe from Tasting Page
All Day I Dream About FoodGet the Broccoli Stem Noodles with Sesame Ginger Dressing recipe from All Day I Dream About Food
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