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.
In theory you can 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 out veggie pops instead.
Following is 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, the mixture stuck to the popsicle molds a bit.
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 throughout, disrupting the orange color. Next time I’d add more honey, a tablespoon of organic white sugar, some leftover orange juice or a few more organic berries to add extra sweetness.
Cedar was nervous to try them, thinking I used yams (he’s anti-yam). After I assured him they were yam-free, he tried and liked these ice pops. He was extra impressed with the excellent bright color. My roommate 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.
You can use ingredient freedom (go leftovers), and still get ice pops people will eat. These pops got a fairly decent review at my house – people will eat almost anything if you freeze it into a popsicle.
Images © Jennifer Chait