Happy April Fool’s Day!
I’ve teamed up with Morton Salt to share with you all my top 5 food fix tricks (+recipes) that help to erase food waste!
Sometimes we make mistakes in the kitchen…whether its too much spice, too long in the oven, or too much water…there are hundreds of ways for things to get a little kooky when you’re cooking, but there are also hundreds of solutions to our kitchen slip-ups! Instead of throwing away our effort (and meal), we can get creative and give our dishes total makeovers. Below are 5 of my all-time favorite food fix tricks that are simple and delicious ways to easily #erasefoodwaste in your home! #sponsored
1 | Soft Rice
We all know the feeling when you open up your rice pot to find clumpy and smushy grains due to a little (or maybe a lot) too much water. While throwing out this batch of rice seems like the immediate solution, rice pudding is actually a way better (and tastier) one! Soft brown rice is perfect for a fiber filled creamy and indulgent rice pudding. See the best ever vegan Saffron Golden Milk Rice Pudding recipe below:
6 cups soft cooked brown rice
3 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2 cups full-fat coconut milk
3/4-1 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon turmeric powder
1 tablespoon cinnamon powder
1 teaspoon cardamom
2 tablespoons ginger paste
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon saffron fronds
Optional: 1 cup raisins
In a large and deep pot, combine soft rice, almond milk, coconut milk, and maple syrup. Bring to a boil. Once the pudding mixture has come to a boil, lower heat to medium and add turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, vanilla, saffron, and (optional) raisins. Stir to incorporate, ensuring there are no lumps or clumps of rice. Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until the pudding has reached your desired thickness.
Remove pudding from heat and serve immediately with (highly recommended) coconut whip & crushed pistachios…or the toppings of your choice.
2 | Too Much Heat in the Kitchen (Spicy Foods)
While I’m a HUGE fan of all things spice and flavor, sometimes I can be a little heavy handed when it comes to spicy ingredients, resulting in a flaming hot dish that is barely edible 😱 But no worries, my quick fix for too much spice is simple! — Add more of your base ingredients to mask the flavor. Whenever I make spicy curries with potatoes, greens, + lots of other veggies…and things accidentally get a bit too spicy, I add extra veggies - especially starchy ones. This is a great way to hit the refresh button on a dish that’s a little too far on the hot side. You can also add plant-based yogurts or milks to cool things down!
3 | Sugar Gone Awry
I love dessert. It is one of my favorite kinds of meals! And while I have a sweet tooth, I do make sure to keep my indulgences healthy and clean by using ingredients like dates, fruit, and maple syrup to sweeten my dishes. But even with “healthy” sweeteners the flavor can go a little bit too far. When I find myself in a too sweet situation, I oftentimes grab something tangy to balance out my dish. Apple cider vinegar, lemon, and lime are fantastic balancers.
4 | Mushy Veggies
It happens to the best of us — throw some veggies in a pot of boiling water, get distracted, and return to a pot of veg mush! While this slip-up might not make it to dinner, it sure can make it to tomorrows breakfast or snack. I love taking overcooked, soft veggies and pureeing them in a food processor with all different kinds of fun ingredients & flavors! This makes for the perfect dip or spread. — And speaking of perfect…I’ve got this perfectly scrumptious Carrot Maple Almond Butter recipe to put your soft carrots to good use:
Makes 3/4-1 cup
2 cups soft cooked carrots, sliced
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2-3 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons unsweetened almond butter
In a high-powered food processor, puree all ingredients together until smooth and well incorporated, about two minutes. Taste and adjust flavors as needed. This Carrot Butter is simply lovely spread atop crisp toasted bread and topped with fresh fruit.
5 | Pucker UP!
My final food fix is for all my people who love making homemade dressings and sauces but end up with a teeny bit too much of an acidic/sour flavor. As a vinegar and lemon lover, it is easy for me to slip-up on my tangy ingredients and add more than intended. A wonderful way to balance out super sour flavor profiles is by using salt. A hint of salt, preferably Morton salt, is great for bringing out more savory, umami flavors and dialing down the acidity. Sweet ingredients like maple syrup and agave are also efficient ways to help balance sourness and release your puckered lips 😊
And that’s all for this special April Fool’s Day post!
I hope you enjoyed these tricks! And remember, having fun with our food and cooking (even during the wonky parts) is essential to reducing food waste in our homes. There is always a creative and tasty solution to a kitchen misstep!