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10 of our Most Popular Food Waste Fighting Recipes

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Reducing food waste is one of the top three most impactful ways to fight climate change. And it just so happens to be the most delicious! So to help you get in the spirit for Earth Month, we rounded up 10 of our most popular food waste fighting recipes. These dishes will help you kick single-use plastics, cook with climate-friendly proteins, and get creative with your leftovers. 

vegetarian larb

Impossible™ Larb

This Lao salad by Chef Paul Barbosa is refreshing and full of contrasting flavors and textures. Each bight brings a delightful new surprise, making it one of our favorite Impossible recipes (and apparently yours too).

chewy mocha brownies with almond flour

Upcycled Mocha Chip Brownies

Your coffee grounds have more to offer than you might think. In this recipe for mocha brownies, melting your butter with spent coffee grounds will imbue the butter with a delicious and aromatic coffee flavor. We made our brownies with our upcycled Almond Flour to up their impact even more.

vegan spaghetti

Zero Waste Spaghetti

This food waste fighting recipe is a perfect example of how you can plan your dinner around using as little plastic packing as possible. The secret to making your meals zero-waste? Vegetables.

leftover tortilla chip migas

Leftover Tortilla Chip Migas

Migas are a Tex-Mex breakfast staple, combining scrambled eggs with spices and crispy tortilla chips. Though traditional migas use tortillas crisped in oil, this recipe uses up the leftover tortilla chips at the bottom of the bag. 

Vegetable Chili

Clean-Out-Your-Fridge Vegetarian Chili 

Nothing is more comforting than chili, and it also happens to be one of the best ways to use up the groceries that we all tend to already have in our fridges and pantries like beans, onions, bell peppers, and cilantro.

Cheesy Pie Crust Crackers

To bake the perfect pie you have to trim the crust to fit in your pan. But try this recipe once and you’ll never want to throw out those scraps of pie crust again. When cut into pieces and topped with a savory mix of grated cheese, fresh herbs, and cracked black pepper, you’ll have an almost instant snack to enjoy while your pie bakes. 

 Kabocha Squash Fried Rice 

This kabocha squash fried rice brightens up the dreariest of days and can be made with whatever type of winter squash is in season. Fried rice is a tasty solve for leftovers and veggies you don’t know what to do with.

waffled pb&j

 Waffled PB&J 

Perfect for going back to school, this kid-pleasing PB&J doubles as a delicious way to actually enjoy those last few pieces of slightly stale bread. This recipe makes even the heels of your loaf of bread something to look forward to.

lentil shepherd's pie

A Not-so Classic but Very Cozy Lentil Shepherd’s Pie 

Lentils are one of the most climate-friendly proteins as they require very little water to grow and actually improve soil health as they do it. Not only that, but they absorb all the delicious savory flavors you cook them in, making them a hearty and nutritious meat alternative.

apple cinnamon muffins

Cinnamon Apple Oat Muffins

Fresh apples, rolled oats, whole wheat flour, and coconut oil make this cozy treat a little healthy, very tasty, and perfect fuel for a day of leaf-peeping. We make our muffins with apples from Apeel. Thanks to a plant-based extra “peel,” these apples last twice as long. This means less waste and more time for baking muffins. Win-win!


  • Ron Breitenbach
    April 7, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    Can I cycle the delivery down? to every other week?

    • Imperfect Foods
      April 12, 2021 at 7:16 pm

      Definitely! We allow you to choose either a weekly or biweekly schedule. You can also always skip a delivery if you’re headed out of town or are just drowning in avocados (an enviable problem!). 🥑

  • Norrene Godfrey
    April 8, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    We clean out our refrigerator with “garbage pizza” night. Who doesn’t like pizza? Nobody notices all the veggies on it like carrots, broccoli and kale, when you add enough cheese and sausage.

    • Imperfect Foods
      April 12, 2021 at 7:26 pm

      YUM! We want a pizza that! 🙌💚

  • Kathleen Taylor
    April 10, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    I wish you would carry the low-plastic container idea to your groceries/ produce. We would vastly prefer greens and berries in the nice cardboard boxes that mushrooms come in, or even recyclable plastic bags instead of hard plastic clamshells. Same with pantry staples. We have to start somewhere; I’d pay $0.10 more for each one if need be!

    • Imperfect Foods
      April 12, 2021 at 7:24 pm

      Many items come to us from the grower already packaged, so some of it is beyond our control. But we’re working on exploring more sustainable packaging options! For some products, you’re able to see how they’re packaged when you customize your box – e.g. grape tomatoes often come in plastic clamshells – so you can pick out plastic-free items.

  • Joni LaRoux
    April 12, 2021 at 1:04 am

    I’m trying to learn what I could anticipate if I signed up. I’m a senior female vegetarian and currently working from from home but healthy and sustainable economical food management is one of my highest needs and priorities. How is this plan more beneficial than participating in a local case?

    • Imperfect Foods
      April 12, 2021 at 7:30 pm

      We encourage everyone to eat local as able, but we might be a good option to supplement your CSA share as produce availability changes with the seasons. We offer variety year-round and the ability to fully customize each box. Here’s a quick guide to how it works: 🙌💚


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