No waste greens

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The idea occurred to me while peeling a daikon for a nabe the other day. I started wondering why I would have to throw out that many green leaves. So I kept the “waste” and hit over to Google.

A quick search and I discovered that actually the greens of daikon and all other beets and radishes are perfectly edible. So, why does no one eat them? Why do we throw out most of the vegetable when we cook?

Maybe they taste bitter or nasty? Well, I could always try and decide, right? So here goes my very first “garbage” meal.


Greens of 3 daikons

100 g bacon, diced

Black pepper

1 tbsp soy sauce

Left over rice

Start by washing the greens and roughly chopping them.

chopped daikon greens

In a pan, fry the bacon until crispy.

fry bacon

Once nice and crispy, reduce heat and add the greens and cook until soft. If it looks like they are drying out, you can add a bit of water.

Season with pepper and soy sauce.

Mix in the leftover rice, if you don’t have any, you can boil 2 cups of rice.

mix in the rice

Et voilà! Here’s a quick meal with greens you would normally toss into the garbage.

But are they any good? Well, they taste like crunchy spinach with a very faint hint of radish. So, yes, they are tasty and “free”, because you would have tossed them out, right?

Are you interested in reducing food waste? If yes, leave a comment down below and I’ll share more “garbage” recipes.



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