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Don’t Dump It!


Don't dump that food in the garbage just yet. Nutritionist Theresa Albert talks food waste and shows us how to throw a trashy dinner party using food we'd normally toss out.

Don't Dump It!

On average, 35 per cent of food goes to waste here in North America. A new study shows we lose $40.28 to food waste each week. That's almost $2,000 a year! So to help you keep that money in your pocket here are some great ways to extend the life of your food and make a dinner party spread with items you'll find in your trash can. The best part is, your guests will never know!


Everyone loves grapes, but sometimes you just can't get through the whole bunch before they start to go bad. Easy fix? Throw them in an ice cube tray, fill it with water and you've got fancy ice cubes for your dinner party cocktails. If you're not throwing a party, put them in a freezer bag and store them in the freezer. You can toss the frozen grapes into your smoothies.

Nutritional Fact: Grape skins are high in resveratrol which is also so good for you in wine.  Always choose the darker grapes, redder is better. With each colour, you add a nutrient.

Vegetable Scraps

The top three most discarded vegetable scraps are onion skins, celery and carrot ends. Don't toss these! While you're preparing your next meal have your slow cooker on the counter. Toss all the scraps into the slow cooker, add some water, turn on your slow cooker and you'll have a fantastic broth in no time. If you're cleaning up after a family meal don't throw away chicken bones, There are nutrients and flavour in there! And any bacteria will be boiled away.

Nutritional Fact: Onion skins contain Quercetin, which is a heart-protective amino acid.  Simmering the skins in the broth adds a luscious golden color and this hard to get nutrient.

Parmesan Cheese Rinds

Cheese is an amazing addition to most dishes, but when you get down to the rind you think it should be tossed. Not so fast! Cut the rind into tiny one inch cubes and place onto parchment on a baking sheet.  Place in 425 F oven for 10-20 minutes depending upon size of the chunks.  Watch carefully! They will puff and brown quickly and voila! You've got a cheesy crouton alternative. Toss these in your vegetable broth soup, they’ll absorb some liquid but won’t get mushy like bread.

Nutritional Fact: Parmesan croutons are a low carb, low glycemic index alternative to fried wheat cubes.

Watermelon Rinds

How many watermelon rinds do we all toss out each summer? We normally enjoy the red part of the watermelon and toss the rinds straight into the garbage. But you don’t have to throw them out! These rinds can be made into an amazing relish that you can add to any charcuterie board for your next dinner party. Get the recipe here!

Nutritional Fact: Watermelon is high in beta carotene and lycopene, both are protective anti-oxidants. The white part of the rind is high in citruline which is an amino acid shown to enhance recovery after exercise.

Have a great idea for a Don't Dump It! recipe? Send it to stevenandchris@cbc.ca and it could be featured on the show!


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