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What have you got left today: Leafy Greens

Got some leafy greens about to go in the bin? Here's how you can use them all up!

178 million bags of salad are tossed in the bin every year in the UK. Shocking isn’t it? But it’s one of the most wasted foods in the UK.

Why does this happen? Is it because we forgot that we place our tiny leafy greens in the back of our fridge and then they turn soft and mushy, so we end having to throw them away.

It’s okay, I’ve been there before too, but now there are ways to keep your leafy greens staying fresh, longer.

Here are a few tips:

After shopping, remove leafy greens from the bag and give them a good rinse, pat them dry and wrap them in a tea towel and store in your fridge.

Divide half the bag worth of leafy greens and store in the freezer to use later in a smoothie, stew, soup, stir-fry, curry or even in baked goods like; cakes, mufins, breads or pancakes.

Plan your meals ahead and use before the best by date. Use your best judgement and also smell, touch and inspect your food before consuming.

On to the recipe...

Leftover Greens Chickpea Pancake

© Max La Manna
© Max La Manna

Serves 4-6

200g chickpea flour

1tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp olive oil

200ml water

2 large handfuls of leafy greens

To a blender or food processor, add all ingredients and blend until smooth. You should end up having a pancake-like consistency. If too thick, add a splash of water. If too runn, add 1tbsp flour.

To a frying pan on medium high heat, add a heaped spoonful of the green chickpea batter and spread light and evenly. Cook on one side for 5 minutes or until the bottom is golden brown and the edges start to crisp.

Add your toppings while the pancake cooks. I like adding dollops of pesto, sliced red onions, chopped tomatoes, sliced carrots and courgette and sprouts. Finished off with a squeeze of lemon.

Enjoy!

By Max La Manna
Featured image by Max La Manna

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