No one wants to see their best work end up in the trash, but that’s what happens to far too many vegetables. Their leaves and peels are often discarded instead of being an integral part of a nutritious meal.

Those old cartoons of Beetle Bailey being sentenced to peel a platoon’s worth of potatoes hit the mark: all that peeling really was just punishment, not a necessary part of kitchen duty. Thin-skinned potatoes like Yukon Gold or red new potatoes mash up just as well with the skins on. Even instant potato manufacturers have caught on, and now sell instant potatoes with bits of peel in the mix for a “home cooked” look.

Bernice Torregrossa: bernice92@aol.com.

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