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Turn leftovers into an easy sauce for protein or salad dressing
Clearly, vegetable sauces are king, and also work to help you use up leftover cooked vegetables. “You can easily blend leftover veggies with some extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil, add in some salt, pepper, or spices and a little bit of nutritional yeast or [vegan] Parmesan and you’ve got a sauce that’s great for protein or pasta,” says Serena Poon, celebrity chef and founder of Just Add Water. With the addition of a little extra liquid, you can turn it into a dressing for salads or bowls.
Bake with them
While the term veggie brownies doesn’t sound particularly appetizing, Poon says that some of the best brownie recipes have ingredients like hidden beet and sweet potatoes in them. “Vegetables are more versatile than you realize,” Poon says. They can be used in a variety of desserts. Here’s a recipe for a chocolate cake made with beets to get you started.