You won’t believe how great this recipe is!

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cauliflower stalk recipeCauliflower stumps.

Great things huhn?

For the compost heap maybe.

But all that has changed with a recipe I came across on Lazy Girl Goes Green. She shares innovative ways to get a bit greener without TOO much effort.

For Zero Waste Week, Trudi made a pledge to use up ALL food – including as much of the stuff she’d normally compost as possible.

As well as making burgers from juice pulp she found herself faced with a cauliflower stump one Friday night.

And instead of throwing it out she created a delicious snack from it.

Now I’m all for chucking some broccoli stalks in my soup, but cauliflower stalks end up in the compost.

Until now.

Because I’ve actually tried this recipe and I can’t tell you how good it is!

So be prepared to be amazed with this:

Cauliflower stalk crisps


  • 1 cauliflower stump (yes really!)
  • 1/2 – 1 tbsp sunflower or olive oil
  • Herbs and spices of your choice – I used garlic granules and curry powder
  • Sea salt (optional)


  • Slice the cauliflower stalk as thinly as you can into disks
  • Put the oil and spices into a bowl and mix together
  • Toss the cauliflower into the oil and mix until the stalks are covered in the oil
  • Spread onto a baking sheet and bake for 25-30 mins until crispy (Turn a couple of times during cooking)
  • Put on a wire rack to cool and sprinkle with sea salt before chowing down

cauliflower stalk crisps recipe

What about you – are there any parts of food that most people throw away and you normally eat?

About the Author ()

I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. indeed i do have many ingrained habits to use everything which grows into food..the reason i don’t post often is that i don’t have a decent camera ready to snap pics of are some examples; broccoli stumps grated to add to a salad, very nutty. kale and brussel sprout work as well..if tough add to soup stock..note: i peel the really hard outer layer if necessary.
    boiling the pits of stone fruits like cherries, apricots, peaches, plums etc will make a healthful drink, add honey or agave syrup to sweeten, refrigerate and use as comfort tea to revitalize a wintry mood.
    seed fruit cores make great spreads for chutney or snacks. slow boil apple, pear, quince or pomegranate seeds till mushy, pass through a sieve or blender. sift well and add raw sugar to taste. spread on buttered toast. very easy to make like apple butter which has cinnamon to spice it up. i prefer mine not as sweet as commercial blends.

    • Mrs Green says:

      I love all your ‘use it up!’ ideas Nadine. I use broccoli stalks in soup, but never eaten them raw. And I’d never thought to use seeds and pips in that way – I didn’t even know you could! I thought they had traces of stuff in them we shouldn’t eat. Thanks for the education!

  2. comment 2..these cauliflower ‘chips’ look divine! they are slated as my next culinary experiment. thanks!

  3. Sue Corrance says:

    Definitely trying the cauliflower crisps!

  4. Mrs Green says:

    I look forward to hearing how you get on, ladies!

  5. Great idea! Will have to try this one with the leftovers from Xmas dinner 🙂

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