Perhaps the most tedious part of cooking any meal is peeling vegetables. It always adds about 10 minutes extra onto prep time, at least. And, when everything is said and done, we’re often left with a pile of unusable carrot and celery skins that we end up throwing away and feeling bad about. Even though our moms insisted we do it, it can’t help but feel like we don’t actually need to be peeling our veggies.
Turns out we were right to think that. Peeling vegetables, for the most part, is totally unnecessary. Here, Amy Gorin, M.S., R.D., owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition, tells SELF why you should leave on the peels—and how to make them a tasty addition to any mean.
Excerpted from self.com