The Art of Effective Stalking*

*No, not that stalking.

I'm afraid I'm talking about all the stalks off all those greens you bought at the market on the weekend. And how we're going to use them.

(Hope I didn't disappoint you)

Stalks and Garlic

The time
5 min prep + 5 min cooking

The ingredients
mixed stalks
olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, butter or ghee
fresh garlic, minced or pressed - to taste
sea salt

The process
1. Wash and pat dry your stalks. Use scissors to snip them into 1" (2.5cm) pieces - or so.

2. In a large frying pan, saute your minced garlic in oil - over medium heat. I used 2 cloves of garlic and 1 Tbs olive oil for the amount of stalks above.

3. After a minute or two, add the stalks! My set came from leafy greens I used in salads, plus some parsley stalks from the garden. You could also happily use silverbeet (chard) stalks, broccoli stalks, and so on. As long as it's edible, it works.

4. Saute for another 2 minutes or so, stirring constantly, until the stalks start to darken. We still want them crispy, though, so don't cook them too long. Season with sea salt, to taste.

 We ate these as a side dish, and also sprinkled over the top of pasta. Mmmmmm ....

The cost
Well, this is an easy and nutritious way to make use of a part of the vegetable you might otherwise throw out. So the stalks are free (ish). The garlic and oil bring this dish to around ... oh ... $0.50 or so.

Happy stalking!
Amanda xx

PS. Like my serving spoon? It's a gorgeous thrifty find for my country-style servingware. You can find more thrifty goodies here.


  1. It's so true that way too often people discard the stalks (and the leaves!) for no good reason! My favourite is the broccoli stalk which I like even more than the actual florets ;-)

  2. Me too! When my sister and I were little, we used to divide the broccoli - the stalk for me and the florets for her :)

  3. Very resourceful use of the stalks! Happy Cooking!
    -Karriann Graf

  4. Great way to use the whole food :) Looks tasty!

  5. Beautiful presentation - the enamelware is fabulous!

  6. Thanks! I can't resist enamelware ... always trying to increase my little collection ..

  7. Love garlic in my vegetables...great use of it here with the stalks.

  8. Me too ... garlic can make anything into something amazing :)


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