Cooking For Compost: Thanksgiving

Desert: Pumpkin Pudding

One key thing to remember when composting at home is that dairy will not mix well in your bin and will often cause a rotten odor. If you're truly looking for a compostable desert recipe, go for one without dairy. As pumpkin is a Thanksgiving favorite, we thought this smooth pudding was exquisite.

An alternative to the traditional pumpkin pie, this pudding is creamy and easy to make. Photo: Amanda Wills,

Your shopping list:

1/2 cup arrowroot powder or kuzu
4 cups vanilla soy milk
3 cups canned pumpkin purée
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

How to make it:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a large mixing bowl, dissolve arrowroot powder in soy milk. Add the pumpkin purée, maple syrup, cinnamon and salt. Mix well to combine. Transfer to a large greased glass or ceramic baking dish, and bake for 1 hour, until lightly browned and bubbly.

3. Remove from oven and let cool for about half an hour before serving. If the pudding has developed a skin on top, skim it off before serving.

Why it's a waste-free holiday

The recipes chosen for this article were selected for their fresh ingredients and compostability. A typical home compost system allows for vegetable peelings, coffee grounds, egg shells, grains and more.

To get even more mileage from your meal, Pierson suggests saving your leftover potato cubes, brussel sprouts, onion peels or any other vegetable scraps for a hearty stock that you can use for another week!

Simply throw scraps into a large stockpot, cover with water and boil for about an hour. Pour your stock into a reusable container and compost the remains. You get the most bang for your vegetable buck without wasting precious nutrients that may have otherwise been tossed.

Candle Cafe and Candle 79 are avid composters and send as little waste as possible to the landfill. According to Pierson, the restaurant saves its leftover cooking oil to send out for recycling into biodiesel fuel with a local company. Candle Cafe and Candle 79 have earned three out of four stars from the Green Restaurant Association and has consistently ranked as a local favorite for New Yorkers and tourists alike.

View the full menus for Fall: Candle 79, Candle Cafe

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