According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, “as much as 40% of the food produced in the U.S. never gets eaten” and “Americans throw away $165B worth of food every year”.

Those are hard numbers to swallow considering how many families in the country, in neighborhoods like The Bronx, live in food insecure households.

That’s why when the Bronx Food Blog teamed up with Morrisania WIC this month to celebrate National Nutrition Month, we made reducing food waste a priority.

As part of its commitment to supporting and educating members of the community through food and nutrition, Morrisania WIC conducts regular cookshops.

I joined them last week for a special cooking demonstration to show attendees how they can reduce food waste by using leftover vegetables to create a delicious, healthy veggie stir fry.

Check out pictures from our culinary collaboration below!

 

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Vegetable Stir Fry Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 head purple cabbage, washed and chopped
  • 2 large carrots, washed and chopped (with skin)
  • 1 red bell pepper, washed and chopped (including top)
  • 2 crowns broccoli, washed and chopped (including stems)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb mushrooms
  • ½ teaspoon chili flakes
  • 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • ½ inch ginger root, peeled and chopped
  • ½ inch tumeric root, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • Brown Rice to serve, cooked according to the directions on the package

Directions:

  1. Heat oil over medium heat in a non-stick pan
  2. Add chopped ginger, turmeric and broccoli. Cover and steam for 2 minutes
  3. Add mushrooms, cover and steam for another 2 minutes
  4. Add cabbage, onion and garlic and steam for another 5-7 minutes.
  5. Add chili flakes and soy sauce. Continue to toss stir-fry over medium heat until thoroughly cooked yet crunchy.
  6. Serve over brown rice. Freeze the remainder for future use up to 3 months.
Recipe courtesy WIC Morrisania

*Note: Feel free to use whatever leftover veggies and herbs you have on hand to create your own spin on this recipe.

For more tips on how you can reduce food waste, visit the next page.

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