May: Easy & Tasty Zero Waste Recipes

What's In Season For May?

April showers brings May flowers.

May is here, which means warmer weather and more delicious zero waste recipes that will have your mouth watering!

This month we chose four AMAZING in-season ingredients and a zero-waste recipe for each! Mango, spinach, golden apples and mushrooms are some of the best in-season produce for May. 

Below we provide a few food storage tips to ensure your ingredients stay fresh! Not only will proper storage extend the shelf life of your ingredients, but by creating these recipes you will learn how to cook using every scrap!

Sliced fresh mango in season
Fresh spinach in season
Fresh golden apple in season

Mango

What makes this recipe delicious? 

This vegan twist to a traditional cheesecake is a must try! It is a raw, no-bake cheesecake that is perfectly balanced when it comes to flavor. The tartness of the mango complements the creamy cashew “cream cheese”, and it is a refreshing treat to welcome in the warmer weather! 

 

What makes this recipe zero waste? 

The skin and pit of the mango aren’t edible, but this recipe uses all the meat of the fruit! (If you want to get the most out of your mangoes, save the skin and pit to make homemade mango simple syrup!)


Food storage tip: Mangoes ripe quickly on countertops. To ensure the longevity of your fruit, it is best to keep it in the refrigerator. If there are any brown spots on the Mango, just cut off that section and enjoy the rest of the fruit!

No-Bake Mango Cheesecake

  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Serves: 10
No-bake mango cheesecake

Spinach

What makes this recipe delicious? 

Traditional tortillas are made of just flour or corn, which doesn’t have a high nutrient content or robust flavor. This recipe makes it so you are getting a serving of vegetables in just your wrap, and adds an additional flavor component to your meal! 

 

What makes this recipe zero waste? 

Cooking with spinach is typically zero waste because preparing spinach does not make any scraps. The main issue is spinach going bad before you are able to use it! To ensure your spinach lasts long enough to be used, read the food storage tip below! 


Food storage tip: To make your spinach last, store it in the fridge. You want to keep it in its original packaging and place a paper towel in the container. This will absorb any excess moisture, preventing your spinach from going bad.

Spinach & Sweet Potato Tortillas

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 
  • Serves: 40 tortilla
Spinach and sweet potato tortilla

Golden Apples

What makes this recipe delicious? 

This Apple Crumble recipe is a great twist on an Apple Pie, with less complicated instructions! There is no need to make a crust, but we still get the crumbly, flavorful crust experience from the crumble topping! 

 

What makes this recipe zero waste?

Keeping the skin on the apple is optional in this recipe, when the skin is kept it creates zero waste (other than taking the seeds out). If you want to skin and core the apples for this recipe, we recommend saving the scraps to make homemade Apple Cider Vinegar! 

Food Storage tip: Apples should be kept in your refrigerator! Keep them in one of the drawers on a low humidity setting in order to make them last as long as possible!

Vegan Apple Crumble

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Serves: 9

Mushrooms

What makes this recipe delicious? 

This recipe is a vegan twist on a traditionally beef based recipe! The beef is replaced by Beyond brand sausage, which is a great meat substitute. The savory vegan meat paired with the umami mushrooms create a dish worth trying!

 

What makes this recipe zero waste? 

When preparing your mushrooms for this dish, you can leave the stem on, this eliminates the waste produced prepping mushrooms! If you want to chop the stems off the mushrooms, save them with the rest of the vegetable scraps produced when making this meal. They can all be used to make a delicious vegetable stock, which is necessary for this recipe!


Food Storage tip: Mushrooms should be stored in the refrigerator in a low-humidity drawer. We recommend transferring them to a paper bag, or putting a paper towel in its original packaging, to absorb any moisture that may cause the mushrooms to go bad!

Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Serves: 4-5 people
Mushroom stroganoff with pasta

Stay Tuned!

Our recipes will be released weekly. In the meantime, we invite you to learn more about food waste prevention in the link provided!

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