So, before I start, I just want to tell you that I took SO MANY pictures to go along with this post.
Only two survived, though, and I honestly don’t know what happened.
Which is sort of heartbreaking, because I did everything I possibly could to make sure as many edible things as possible survived the making of my dinner tonight (see what I did there – nice link into the subject matter, eh?)
Tonight I cooked from the Leon Vegetarian cookbook.
It’s possibly my favourite culinary tome at the moment – the Readers Digest cookery year aside, obviously – and that’s largely on account of the ‘cous cous with seven vegetables’ recipe. I managed to find a copy online, so I would absolutely recommend taking a look, even if you don’t own a copy of the book.
My mission tonight was to save resources in every area I possibly could whilst cooking dinner. Let me talk you through it and I’ll highlight anything I think I’ve done which cuts down on my resource use. You’re possibly doing a lot/all of it already, but I think it’s worth taking the time to recognise when we’re doing well 😉
First of all, this meal was vegetarian, the fresh vegetables were purchased without packaging and the cous cous was bought in a cardboard box from Lidl (though I can now buy it from the plastic-free shop in the village).
Even though the recipe called for plain cous cous, I used some leafs from a cauliflower I had sitting in the fridge – this is a part of the plant people usually throw away, but it’s tasty, valuable food. I fried these with a little garlic and tossed them through the cous cous before adding the water and a stock cube, then setting it aside.
I used the same pan to begin the recipe – see link above for procedure – and rinsed the tomato can with the 100mls of water to get the most tomatoes possible. Then when I drained the chick peas, I retained the liquid from the can to use in the making of chocolate mousse for my child’s packed lunch.
I placed all of the vegetable peelings in a paper flour bag I saved so that I could put them in the compost bin.
We kept the leftovers to eat for lunch the next day.
In the text above, there are nine seperate uses of bold text – nine seperate times when I chose not to waste resources in a 20 minute period.
If we all did this for every meal, we would go a long way to eliminating food waste.
As I said, I don’t have any pictures of the beautiful finished meal, but I do have photos of the leftoves – a.k.a lunch!
If you’re interested in the chocolate mousse recipe, you can find it in my post about Aqua Faba.
What are your favourite ways to reduce your waste in the kitchen? Why not come and let me know on Twitter?