Zero Waste Week Tips for Life & recipes | Melissa Hemsley
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Zero Waste Week tips for Life

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Zero Waste Week tips for Life

This week is Zero Waste week and I’m always thinking about ways I can try & do my bit for our planet. From fighting food waste to trying to consume less, here are some habits to make your life a little more conscious & sustainable. And scroll down for *recipes* that use food you might throw out to make something scrumptious instead!

  1. Seal the deal test. My friend taught me this one. Do a little kitchen inspection and see that your fridge and freezer are sealed properly to stop cold air getting out and warm air getting in.
  2. Organise your fridge and label everything so you know what to eat first. Read more here on my top tips for organising yours.
  3. Grow your own. I grow my most used herbs as it’s super easy and saves a fortune. Do you find yourself buying those plastic wrapped herb pots that wither and die within a few days and you barely get a handful of herb? Basil, parsley, mint, rosemary, oregano, thyme and dill are so easy to grow, they smell wonderful, look beautiful and means there’s less packaging all round.
  4. Share a bath. My boyfriend goes after me in the bath, we don’t share at the same time as our tub isn’t big enough and it’s not very relaxing or romantic, only in films, like much in life!
  5. Plastic at home. I like to see where I can cut down on plastic room to room, once you start you can’t stop looking and really seeing how much there is. Swap your plastic toothbrush for a bamboo one next time you shop? We all know about saying NO THANKS to straws, bottled water and plastic bags but what else can we all do.  A great way to cut down on plastic and packaging is to visit bulk shops, see here for more including a link to find your nearest bulk buy shop. My local is in Hackney and it’s fab
  6. Batch cook. Save yourself time, energy and cut down on kitchen waste by batch cooking something lovely and simple once a week.  In half an hour, you could clear the fridge of tired veg, fry them up with onions and garlic, add a tin of cooked beans, blend, season, add spices if you like and have a delicious, hearty, creamy soup to stock up the fridge for a rainy day or share.
  7. Unplug. As well as turning off lights when they’re not needed, I unplug phone and computer chargers. Do yourself a favour and keep your bedroom free of them anyway for good bedroom vibes.
  8. Meat. I eat meat much less often and it means my meals are varied, full of veg and I can afford really good quality meat.  And those of us who eat meat should try to eat ‘nose to tail’ – bring back livers, lamb breast, oxtail soups and goat curries!
  9. Get involved with a Food Waste Charity like The Felix Project who cook with wasted food. Click here for more details.
  10. Follow these inspiring pioneers. From restaurants and chefs to initiatives and charities, these people are doing great things to help waste less. Read more here.

Roasted Maple Carrots with Carrot Top Gremolata

When you have lots of carrots to use up, these roasted maple carrots with a carrot top gremolata is the perfect way to put them to good use and leave nothing to waste. Instead of throwing away the luscious, green carrot tops, use them here to make a fresh herby topping for your golden sticky carrots. Serve this as a side or even combine in a salad with some fresh feta.

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Zero Waste Cauliflower Soup with crispy fried Cauliflower Leaves

This zero waste Cauliflower soup uses all the bits you might throw away with fried cauliflower leaves giving a lovely crunch. The whole cauli is used in all it’s glory and goes in along with turmeric, ginger & some beans to make a creamy hearty base. Perfect more making a big batch and freezing for a rainy day.

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Cauliflower No waste Noodles

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The best quick weeknight dinner of cauliflower and kale noodles, using every part of the cauliflower so there’s no-waste. This is my go-to when I’ve got veg that needs using up, so do feel free so swap for broccoli, cabbage or any other greens you’ve got lying around that need some love. Simply don’t serve with the egg for a tasty vegan recipe!

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Fruit Bowl Bake from Eat Green

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Making this Fruit Bowl Bake from my cookbook Eat Green is one of my favourite ways to use up any fruit that is in need of some love. Have you got apples turning brown? Then use them here! Get the recipe.

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