I know, leftover veggies don’t sound like they’d make the best ice pops, but organic veggies can make for some yummy organic ice pops. Depending on the veggie that is.
I recently had a slew of leftover veggies and with no salad or homemade soup plans in my very near future, I decided to use the veggies for ice pops. The picture below actually doesn’t do them justice. In reality I ended up with some super bright orange ice pops.
You can, in theory, make homemade popsicles with any leftover veggies – yams, cucumbers, carrots, spinach and more. In the case of these orange pops, they were a little hit and miss, made with the following…
- Leftover carrots from packed school lunches during the week.
- Leftover zucchini from homemade veggie pot pie I made for dinner one night.
- Leftover tomato slices from when we had veggie burgers.
I also had a few leftover strawberries and a whole darn mango. The back story on the mango was that I was going to make pure mango ice pops this week, but after seeing all the leftover veggies laying around, I decided to use the mango to balance veggie pops instead.
Here was the general process.
Sometimes when you make ice pops without a recipe, you end up with issues. For example, these pops could have been a bit sweeter. They’re fairly savory. Also, because I used barely any sweetener, they stuck in the molds a bit more than I like. If you fail to add enough sweetener to ice pops, you can get harder, less mobile ice pops.
Next time I’d steam the zucchini first, because it took a while to blend, and because the zucchini didn’t entirely blend down, the pops have tiny white flecks that upset the constant orange flow. I’d add more honey, or maybe a tablespoon of organic white sugar. I’d also add some leftover orange juice or a few more organic berries because they could have used natural sweetness too.
Cedar was nervous to try them, thinking I used yams (he’s been weirdly anti-yam for a year now???). After I assured him they were yam-free, he tried and liked these ice pops. He was extra impressed with the excellent bright color. Dave liked them too, but like me, he felt they could be sweeter. He also felt the mango taste was very strong, which is odd, because flavor-wise, I felt that the carrot taste was the strongest, while Cedar said the berries were.
My main point isn’t to the pin-point the flavor though, it’s to say, you can use ingredient freedom (go leftovers), and still get pops people will eat. These pops got a fairly decent review at my house – people will eat almost anything if you freeze it first.