How our Team Reduces Waste at Home

Happy Food Waste Prevention Week! 

Our buddy in office, Governor Jerry Brown did something awesome this week, declaring March 5th-9th Food Waste Prevention Week in California. You go Jerry!

Food waste hits close to home for us in California. With recent droughts and fires that have destroyed huge amounts of crops, we are more conscious than ever about the resources we use and the food we produce.

The food system in the U.S. is broken. California produces 99% of the U.S.’s grapes, walnuts, peaches, pomegranates, dates, figs, kiwis, and olives. Not to mention over 90% of the U.S.’s tomatoes, lemons, broccoli, and cauliflower. Sounds like a lot, right?

Here’s what’s wild…over 40% of those crops never get eaten. At the same time, there are 5 million Californians who are food insecure (50 million nationally). Just think about the ways we could divert that waste into usable food!


As we’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, there are many ways that you can reduce food waste at home. Save The Food does an excellent job summarizing easy ways to reduce waste at home and at work. Here's how the UJ team reduces waste at home. 

Ryan’s Quinoa Bowls:

“when I have leftover veggies from my Imperfect Produce box, I make quinoa bowls!”


How to make them:

  1. Make quinoa. Bring 1 cup quinoa and 2 cups of water to a boil then let it simmer for 15-20 min.

  2. While the quinoa is cooking, prep your veggies. Chop those suckers up!

  3. Stir Fry option: Add onions to a pan with a couple tablespoons of olive oil and cook until translucent. Next add any hard vegetables (ex: carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes) and cook for a few minutes until they soften. Add softer veggies (ex: peppers, zucchini) then greens (ex: spinach, kale). Cook until they’ve reached the desired tenderness. Spice as you please :)

  4. Buddha Bowl Option: Cook your veggies separately (roasted sweet potatoes are awesome here) and add them all on top for a rainbow bowl!

  5. Combine your veggies and quinoa in a bowl and top with your favorite sauce or protein and voila! Enjoy :)

Brett: “Bread pudding.”

Emma: "When my bananas starts to get brown and my fruit starts to get soft, I freeze it for later and blend it into smoothies. Top with your favorite fruit or granola for a delicious breakfast :)"

Molly: “freeze vegetable scraps and turn them into veggie broth” Check out this recipe on Oh My Veggies!!

Cam: “After ordering I gathered a napkin, utensils and water at Indian restaurant when I spotted something in the used dish bin. Staring right back at me, I noticed two perfect, uneaten, hot samosas perfectly perched atop the other plates. Untouched and bound for the trash bin :( You guessed it. I put my hand in there, pulled them out, brought them back to my table and enjoyed a nice appetizer. If I have leftovers I'll wrap food up to take home or hand them to a stranger who might welcome a gracious snack!”


What are your favorite ways to reduce food waste at home? Let us know!

Ugly Juice