June: Easy & Tasty Zero Waste Recipes

May 11, 2023 by Ben Liegey

What’s In Season For June?

Contrary to the famous words of House Stark (sorry about the Game of Thrones reference)… SUMMER IS OFFICIALLY HERE! You know we always bring the heat with these awesome delicious and zero waste recipes for you to enjoy, including the best in-season ingredients for the month! 

We’ve decided to showcase two of these recipes that give you the option to regrow the vegetable to keep the fresh greens going. They can regrow by replanting them into dirt or placing them in a glass of water! 

The in-season produce this month includes Green Onions, Cherries, Lettuce, Strawberries, and Broccoli! I just know you’re really going to enjoy cooking up these zero waste recipes!

green onion

Why is it delicious?
This recipe is a great way to spice up the bread in your diet. The green onion gives the bread a strong flavor making it taste great by itself, or you can pair it with your favorite dip!

Why is it Zero Food Waste?
If you don’t want to save the green onion roots to keep them growing, you can toss them in this recipe and leave no waste behind!

Food Storage tip: Green onions should be kept in the refrigerator, they do not do well at room temp like other onions. For best keeping, place them in a jar and fill it with enough water to cover the roots. You can also regrow your green onions by keeping the root end in a jar of water or replanting them in some soil!

Green Onion Pancakes (葱油饼)

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Serves: 8


What makes this recipe delicious?
This recipe is perfect for summer parties and celebrations! The smooth, cold texture of the ice cream paired with the crumbly, warm texture of the cobbler is like fireworks in your mouth!

What makes this recipe zero waste?
We use absolutely every edible part of the fruit!

Food Storage Tip: Keep cherries as dry as possible because they absorb a lot of water, which changes the taste and texture. If you store it in the fridge, it’ll last up to 5 days or a week, but the best way is by freezing to extend the shelf life and have in-season cherries all year round!

Cherry Berry Cobbler

  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 55min
  • Serves: 6


What makes this recipe delicious?
This salad is very refreshing! The sweetness of the strawberries is paired with the savory vinaigrette to make a delicious meal! We recommend adding your choice of seed or nut to give the salad an extra depth of flavor and texture. 

What makes this recipe zero waste?
Although most people do not use the base of a lettuce head, it is edible! Just chop it up into thin slices and toss it in with the rest of your salad! 

Food Storage tip: In order to keep your lettuce fresh for as long as possible, remove it from its original packaging (if there is any) and place it in an airtight container. If the leaves have gone a little limp, place them in a bowl of water and refrigerate them overnight, they’ll be bright and lively in the morning!

Fresh Lettuce & Strawberry Salad

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 10 min
  • Serves: 2


What makes this recipe delicious?
This recipe has only three ingredients, making it easy and accessible to everyone! This strawberry jam can be enjoyed on a variety of things, including your morning toast or oats, in your yogurt, and many other ways! If you’ve grown up making strawberry jams during strawberry season, then you know it’s also the perfect way to preserve fresh strawberries at their prime.

What makes this recipe zero waste?
There is no need to remove the leaves from a strawberry, every part is edible! If you don’t want the leaves in your jam, save them and toss them into your next smoothie!

Food Storage tip: Strawberries are best kept in the fridge in their original packaging. Dry strawberries keep for longer so remove any moisture to prevent molding. Don’t forget to wash before eating!

Strawberry Jam

  • Prep Time: 25min
  • Total Time: 70 min
  • Serves: 4.5 cups


What makes this recipe delicious?
This recipe is the perfect way to sneak some veggies into your (or your fussy children’s) meal. Pair them with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!

What makes this recipe zero waste?
This recipe is zero-waste because both the florets and the stalks are being used. The shavings of the stalk can be saved in the freezer and used in a homemade veggie broth!

Food Storage tip: Like most other vegetables, broccoli is best kept in the refrigerator in a high-humidity drawer. There are a few methods to revive limp broccoli. You can either dunk it into an ice water bath, and let it drain and dry, or you can cut the stem and place it in a cup of water!

Broccoli Veggie Nuggets

  • Prep Time: 15min
  • Total Time: 15 min
  • Serves: 4

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