What to Do With Too Many Vegetables

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It happens to the best of us. Despite careful meal planning, some weeks you just end up with too many veggies in your fridge. We don’t want to leave you with more zucchini that you can’t use or the dreaded FOWP (fear of wasting produce), so we wanted to share some ideas of making the most of what you may have in your fridge right now. Here are 5 veggies that our community reports often having too many of, along with some time-tested ways to use them up so you never have to wonder what to do with too many vegetables again.


Sure, carrot cake cookies are always an option, but our top recommendation is to combine your extra carrots with the extra celery and onion you’ve likely got around, roughly chop them, and simmer them in water to make easy vegetable stock. For bonus points (and extra flavor) try roasting the carrots first or adding fun add-ons like a bit of tomato paste, your extra parsley, or your fennel tops. You could also always just pickle them for an easy appetizer or snack.


Extra cilantro is a delicious invitation to make some of the best sauces around. We’re huge fans of cilantro in chimichurri, salsa verde, our zhoug, a spicy Middle Eastern hot sauce. Our favorite recent cilantro discovery has been cilantro mojo sauce, since it’s a perfect dipping sauce for a summer grill

Bok Choy

It’s probably no surprise that stir-fry is our go-to, but if you want to branch out, you should try these 10 ways to cook with bok choy. When in doubt, remember that bok choy is part of the cabbage family, so you can use it similarly to how you’d use broccoli or cabbage to good effect. Bok choy’s flavor is pretty mild, so don’t be shy about spicing it up with garlic, ginger, green onions, or sesame oil!


Sure, baking it into bread or cake is always an option, and a good one if you favor sweets. Our favorite trick for a bumper crop of zucchinis is to shred them and make fritters. This is especially versatile, since you can easily use up other leftover veggies like carrots, broccoli, and kale in fritters, too.


Our go-to way to get through a royal amount of broccoli crowns is this recipe for roasted broccoli with parmesan, basil, and lemon! Don’t forget about the broccoli stems, either, since they’re great in hummus or fritters.


  • Leah Seals
    June 23, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    I chop up my cilantro and celery leaf and put them in the freezer to flavor soups, etc… It is not beautiful to sprinkle on top of a prepared dish for presentation but it sure tastes great mixed into your cooked meal. If I get too many tomatillos and/or peppers I blend them into a puree, put in a freezer safe container and use for other recipes. Sometimes I roast all of those before I puree. Great for soups, sauces, etc… I finely dice fresh ginger root and put in a freezer safe container to be used in my cooking. You can zest a lemon, dice it up and freeze for later use. I also freeze the zested lemon whole and pull out for juicing. You can freeze tomotoes whole. When you need one in a soup, pull it out frozen and pop it into your hot pot. Great way to preserve a very ripe tomatoe. You can grate carrots and freeze them for future use as well. These are just a few things I do all of the time. Hope that gives some more ideas for all of that extra produce.

    • Imperfect
      June 24, 2019 at 4:28 pm

      Hey Leah! Thanks for sharing these very thoughtful ideas for what to do with excess produce. These are all great suggestions! We appreciate your generosity!

  • Erik Olson
    July 18, 2019 at 3:26 am

    Any ideas for too many potatoes?

  • Teresa
    September 9, 2021 at 2:18 pm

    I had WAY too many onions, and I make a quick pickle recipe, adding dill. They turned out AMAZING! They taste like a dill pickley onion 😀

    • Imperfect Foods
      September 29, 2021 at 2:23 am

      Love this! 🙌


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