Roasted purple sprouting broccoli with wild garlic butter.

Top recipes for Food Waste Action Week 

Help tackle food waste and save money in the process with these delicious recipes for the top five most wasted fruit and veg.  

Next week is Food Waste Action Week. Around a third of the food produced globally is either lost or wasted, which has a massive impact on climate change. When food is wasted and ends up rotting in landfill, it releases methane as a powerful greenhouse gas and as such contributes a third of global greenhouse gas emissions.

Love Food Hate Waste dedicates a whole week to raise awareness of the consequences of wasting food on the environment, and encourages activities that can help to reduce the amount of food we throw away or waste.

The most commonly thrown away fruit and veg are broccoli, bananas, apples, cucumbers, and potatoes, according to research by Wrap. The research said that buying loose and removing Best Before dates would help cut food waste (and plastic packaging), but new recipes for these items could also encourage us to use them up, as well ensuring you don’t waste money by throwing out food, at a time of rising costs.

Try our selection below for new inspiration for seasonal ingredients and familiar favourites:

Roasted purple sprouting broccoli with wild garlic butter 

A perfect seasonal side for spring, this combination of seasonal purple sprouting with wild garlic would be great to serve when you have people over, as quantities can be easily increase and it doesn’t take too long to prepare.

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Rebel Recipes’ banana and pecan granola bowl with caramelised bananas 

Rebel Recipes

This recipe from plant-based queen Rebel Recipes is ideal for a filling and healthy breakfast and to get your fruit and veg intake going at the start of the day. The caramelised bananas go nicely with the crunchy pecan granola because it contains a lot of flavours between each bite. You can also have less or more bananas in your dish depending on what you fancy.

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Baked apples 

baked apples

Easy and succulent, caramelised apples are a classic companion to roasted pork. Even without the meat they’re a great way to use up apples and add a special something to both sweet and savoury dishes.

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Szechuan-style smashed cucumber salad 


Ideal for a light side dish alongside your meal, this salad is fun to make and quick to prepare. It is also extremely tasty and full of flavour while also being suitable for vegetarians. One to save for when cucumber season comes into its own in summer.

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Potatoes, greens, wet garlic and chervil 

Potato salad

This dish is ideal for a tasty vegetarian meal or a side with a lot of flavour and seasoning. It would also be a good combination with a meat of your choosing. Adapt the greens to what’s in season, such as spring or summer greens, and mix up your herbs with whatever is to hand.

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