December: Easy & Tasty Zero Waste Recipes

May 12, 2023 by Ben Liegey

What’s In Season For December?

We made it to the end of the year! This calls for a celebration. Rethink2gether‘s goal for December is to give you wonderful holiday recipes that are environmentally friendly and leave your guests raving. This month’s recipes feature lychee, white potato, red cabbage, and tangy oranges! We hope you love these recipes that will help you spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the holiday season.


Why is it delicious?
Lychee sorbet is a delicate, fresh, and sweet treat. Sorbets are perfect after a big meal and have less sugar than regular ice cream. Sorbets are also easy to make in an ice cream maker or in a metal cake pan until ready to serve. 

Why is it Zero Food Waste?
This recipe has no food wasted,  making this sorbet an all-around winner. 

Food storage tip: Keep your lychees in the fridge! They will last twice as long as at room temperature. 

Lychee and Lemongrass Sorbet

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours
  • Serves: 8 people

Red Cabbage

What makes this recipe delicious?
This salad is packed with flavor! It’s not only delicious but its bright colors are inviting and call you to the plate. It’s crunchy, delicious, and packed with nutrients. 

What makes this recipe zero waste?
The ingredients used in this salad can be used whole, meaning there is no food wasted!

Food storage tip: Is your cabbage looking limp? Give it an ice bath for a few minutes and it will look good as new!

Red Cabbage Salad with Raspberry Dressing

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 30 min
  • Serves: 6 people

White Potato

What makes this recipe delicious?
Potato farls are an easy and traditional Irish breakfast dish that can be made in minutes! The best part is that these potato farls are extremely versatile. They can be served as breakfast or paired with a protein such as salmon or baked beans. 

What makes this recipe zero waste?
Saving the potato peels makes this recipe completely zero-waste!

Food storage tip: Potatoes last the longest in a dark cool place! Store them in a cloth bag in your pantry for maximum shelf life.

Potato Farls

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 30 min
  • Serves: 6 servings


What makes this recipe delicious?
Candied oranges are perfect for a sweet treat or a decorative plate garnish. The citrus and dark chocolate notes blend perfectly, and the chewiness will make you feel like you’re eating candy! So simple and so beautiful it will sure to please the crowd. 

What makes this recipe zero waste?
This recipe calls for the entire orange! There is no need to waste the peels for they are an important part of the recipe. 

Food storage tip: Store your oranges on the countertop till ripened, then store in the fridge to make them last! 

Candied Oranges

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 60 min
  • Serves: 8 servings

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