Zero Waste Celery: Follow The 3 Simple Recipes

My grandparents’ garden was always my playground when I was a kid. I still remember that I would step outside and be greeted by the crisp scent of celery every morning. It feels great. Among the rows of vibrant veggies, celery always stood out to me. And it’s funny how some things stick with you even years later. Celery remains one of my absolute favorites up until now.

Celery is not just a crunchy snack; it’s also full of nutrients. And the best part? It’s so easy to grow at home! With just a little effort, you can transform your kitchen scraps into a flourishing garden plant. Simply cut the base of the celery, place it in water to regrow, and then transplant it into your garden. Voilà, your very own celery supply!

But you have to know that growing celery is just the beginning. It’s in the kitchen where the real magic happens. In this blog, let me share some of my favorite celery recipes with you!

3 Celery Recipes

Celery Salt

It’s incredibly versatile and can add a unique flavor to many dishes. Here’s how you can easily make it at home:

Ingredients:

  • Leaves of a whole head of celery
  • 200g coarse salt

Instructions:

  1. Remove and wash the leaves.
  2. Cut the leaves and dehydrate until they’re crisp.
  3. Blend the dried leaves with the coarse salt until you reach a fine consistency.
  4. Store in an airtight container. This will last you for a month!

Celery Shot

Need a quick pick-me-up? A celery shot is both refreshing and energizing. Plus, it’s packed with nutrients!

Ingredients:

  • 4 celery stems
  • 1 medium ginger
  • 1 lemon

Instructions:

  1. Juice all the ingredients and store them in the fridge.
  2. Keep the solids—don’t throw them away just yet!
  3. Bake the solids, blend them, and voilà, you have some homemade stock powder!

Celery Gratin

This is perfect for a cozy dinner and is surprisingly easy to make.

Ingredients:

  • 5 to 10 celery stems
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 to 2 tbsp plant-based butter
  • 150 ml oat cream
  • 1 handful of pine nuts
  • 150 g bread crumbs
  • Plant-based Parmesan for topping

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F).
  2. Chop the celery, onion, and garlic.
  3. In a pan, sauté the onion and garlic in plant-based butter until golden.
  4. Add the chopped celery and cook until tender.
  5. Pour in the oat cream and let it simmer.
  6. Transfer the mixture to a baking dish.
  7. Top with pine nuts, bread crumbs, and a generous sprinkle of plant-based Parmesan.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden and crispy on top.

Why I Love Celery

Celery’s taste and health benefits never cease to amaze me. Whether I’m starting my day with a celery shot or ending it with a comforting celery gratin, this humble vegetable always finds a way into my heart and my kitchen.

So, next time you find yourself with a bunch of celery, why not try one of these recipes? You will surely enjoy them especially if you eat them with your family and friends!

Happy cooking!