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Using up vegetable scraps to make pesto

Using up vegetable scraps to make pesto

Pesto is one of our favorite things to make from scratch, it is super simple and one of those recipes that is very permissive with modifications. The main ingredient for it is basil, we like to buy it in semi-big quantities and add it to everything. You can check out more kitchen tips on how to store herbs here. 

Lately we have challenged ourselves to reduce food waste at home, food waste is an important issue that shouldn’t go unseen. On average every year 1,3 billion tons of food are wasted, that’s enough to feed 3 billion people. Producing food emits greenhouse gas emissions so every time food is wasted unnecessary CO2 emissions are added to the atmosphere. This is why it is important to buy food responsibly and plan meals ahead so you don’t have to throw food away because it got forgotten in the fridge and spoiled.     

On top of planning our meals ahead, we have started using up vegetables as much as possible, so far we have done recipes from vegetables scraps, like vegetable broth, vinegar from apple peels, as well as always saving the potato peels to fry them up as snacks. We have also tried to regrow some vegetables, I must admit that we haven't been very successful at that yet, however we do have a promising avocado plant growing in our backyard. Another fun project with food waste we did was dying clothes with avocado leftovers, check it out here, you will never guess what color came out. 

Recently we discovered that you could add vegetable scraps to pesto. Which gave it a different consistency that we found was very interesting. I must disclose that the recipe I usually follow is a non-complete version of the traditional one, it does not have parmesan cheese nor pine seeds, those are two ingredients that are scarce in Bali.  

So following the idea of reducing food waste from home and repurposing vegetable scraps, for this recipe you can use carrot tops, stems from leafy greens (like spinach or kale), and broccoli stems. 

Ingredients:

  • 100gr basil 
  • Olive oil (enough for the blender to work)
  • Garlic (1 or 2 cloves)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Broccoli (one stem) 

Instructions:

Put the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth, I like to put garlic cloves in the bottom, add the greens and then add some oil, start blending and keep adding oil until the mix blends easily in the blender. 

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