5 Creative Ways to Reuse Food Scraps This Earth Day

Here's how to recycle all those leftover crusts, stems and peels.

Food Network Kitchen's Stem-to-Stalk Recipe for One-Off Recipes, as seen on Food Network.

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This Earth Day, we're focusing on reducing food waste in the kitchen. To do so, we've rounded up some of the best recipes that use food scraps typically thrown out, so you can create brand new dishes while doing your part to help the planet!

Creamy Broccoli Stem Gratin (pictured above)

Mix your leftover broccoli stems with heavy cream, Gruyere and sliced potatoes to make this golden and bubbly gratin.

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Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

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If you have extra zucchini lying around and aren't sure how to use it, we've got two words for you: zucchini bread! This recipe combines grated zucchini with whole wheat flour, toasted walnuts and apple butter for a healthy and naturally sweet treat.

Bacon Fat, Potato Peels, Ketchup, Mayonnaise

Photo by: Matt Armendariz

Matt Armendariz

The recipe utilizes two ingredients that are normally discarded: potato peels and bacon drippings! When plating, serve your crispy peels with ketchup, mayonnaise or a combo of both for even more dippable fun.

Food Network Kitchen’s Thanksgiving Scraps Parmesan Bread-crust Breadsticks.

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Matt Armendariz

Save your bread crusts when you're making stuffing or crust-less sandwiches and use them to make this crowd-pleasing snack instead. Simply toss your crusts in olive oil, grated Parmesan and thyme and bake to get easy and flavorful breadsticks in minutes. You can even cut them into cubes to make a batch of homemade, crunchy croutons!

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Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

If you have any leftover puff pastry from previous baking projects, use them to bake up this simple, quick dessert. With their light lemony flavor, they’re the perfect buttery accompaniment to a warm cup of coffee or tea.

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