How to reduce waste and waist

Food trends such as dining in the dark, eating raw, and communal tables were the next big thing in restaurants not long ago. Guess what’s the new one… reducing food waste! This has inspired us to share some tried-and-true ideas to improve your usage of vegetables at home

Are you using broccoli stems in stir fry? Are you saving the woody ends of asparagus for homemade broths? Are you packing enough veggies in your sauces?

We hope the following tips will give you some ideas for reducing your food waste, and while you're at it, improving your family intake of healthier foods. Are you up to the challenge?

City Fresh is coming to your neighborhood!

Our network of volunteers will be delivering your shares in three new locations this season, for a total of 15 Fresh Stops in Cuyahoga and Lorain counties.
We welcome the Children's Museum of Cleveland (Mondays), Old Brooklyn's Metropolitan Coffee (Thursdays), and Willard Memorial Square in Wellington (Fridays). 
Find your nearest Fresh Stop!

One-Day Vegan

You don't have to be vegan to enjoy animal-free dishes. Try this Cauliflower Alfredo sauce and you'll be hooked! The key is to avoid comparisons, so get rid of "Alfredo" and enjoy a healthy, creamy and tasty sauce in all your pasta dishes (including lasagna), or drizzle it over your sauteed veggies.

Creamy Caulisauce
Inspired by: 

  • Cauliflower, chopped – 3 cups
  • Onion, chopped – One half
  • Garlic, crushed – 3 cloves
  • Olive oil – 1 tsp
  • Vegetable stock/water – 1 cup
  • Nutritional yeast* -- 2 tbsp
  • Lemon juice – 1/2 tbsp
  • Soy sauce – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt – 2 tsp
  • Pepper to taste
* Use Parmesan cheese if you are not vegan
Saute onion over medium-high heat until soft and translucent. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds (garlic burns quickly!).
Add cauliflower and vegetable stock or water, cover pot and cook for 5 minutes or until cauliflower is soft.
Transfer to a blender and blend on high until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and blend again. Taste and correct seasoning.

We recommend doubling the recipe. You will be puring this sauce over everything!
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Souping, the new juicing

If you are not into vegetable juicing, making soup -- whether is thick and chunky, or thin and creamy -- may be the easiest way to load on (sneak in) some veggies. But it's not the only one -- next time you make a batch of tomato sauce, add some diced colored bell peppers, carrots, and zucchini, and never look back!

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