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  • Makes 6 cups

Kale ribs are often discarded during the cooking process because they’re tougher than the tender leaves. Instead of throwing them in the bin, toss them into boiling water with some whole wheat orzo to add a subtle crunch in this colorful pasta salad. Vibrant orange bell pepper, creamy artichoke hearts, and tangy shallot transform the simple base into a garden feast that is packed with good-for-you ingredients. Nutritional yeast gives this 30-minute dish a subtle cheesiness while sun-dried tomatoes offer bursts of rich umami flavor to round everything out. Feel free to get creative with this versatile recipe and change up the produce depending on the season. It’s a great catchall meal that can reduce food waste in your kitchen by using up straggler ingredients!

For more recipes that make good use of perfectly edible kitchen scraps, check out these tasty ideas:


  • 1 cup dry whole wheat orzo
  • Ribs from 1 bunch kale, cut into ¼-inch pieces (about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup chopped orange bell pepper
  • ½ cup quartered artichoke hearts
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced shallot
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes (not oil-packed)
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • Sea salt, to taste


  1. Bring a pot of water to boiling. Add orzo and kale ribs and cook according to pasta package directions. Drain. Rinse under cold water; drain well.
  2. Transfer orzo mixture to a large bowl. Add the remaining ingredients. Mix well; taste and adjust seasoning. Serve immediately, or cover and chill 1 hour before serving.

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Darshana Thacker Wendel

Darshana Thacker Wendel is a whole-food, plant-based chef and former culinary projects manager for Forks Over Knives. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, she is the author of Forks Over Knives: Flavor! She created the recipes for Forks Over Knives Family and was a lead recipe contributor to the New York Times bestseller The Forks Over Knives Plan. Her recipes have been published in The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook, Forks Over Knives—The Cookbook, Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, and LA Yoga magazine online. Visit and follow her on Instagram for more.

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