How can I help?
You don’t have to make huge sacrifices to make a difference. There are many small changes that can be made to help reduce food waste at home. Just find the ones that work for you.
We’ve all done it - the last few slices in the loaf get forgotten about and go dry or mouldy, so we throw them away. The solution? Freeze your sliced loaf the day you buy it, then you can use slices for toast whenever you fancy, or quickly defrost a couple for a sandwich.
Palm oil causes mass deforestation which releases tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Indonesia is the world’s biggest producer of palm oil, it is an area the size of Switzerland and is dedicated to plantations. We can help by looking at the packaging of our everyday items, from peanut butter to shampoo, and to make sure we buy responsibly sourced palm oil.
WRAP report, 2019, revealed that we throw away £14 billion worth of food that could have been eaten. This equates to an average of £60 per family each month. By reducing your food waste, you are not only saving the planet, but you are also saving a significant amount of your hard-earned money.
How can my friends and family help?
Once you start noticing the positive impact of making these small changes, such as saving money, finding less mouldy food in the fridge, having to empty the food waste bin less often, you may want to encourage your friends and family to do the same. Not everyone knows that food waste is one of the leading causes of climate change so educate them on the importance of reducing food waste. You are setting an example; proving that small changes are possible and often much easier than we think.
These 3 recipes will help you cook up a storm whether it is breakfast, dinner, or an afternoon snack and are perfect for sharing with friends and family.
All you need for these delicious pancakes is:
- 1 banana
- 100g oats
- 185 ml plant based milk (we've used coconut)
Simply whizz the oats in a blender, then add the banana and milk until a batter forms. Cook in a non-stick pan, and flip the pancakes after 2 minutes. Top with whatever you fancy! We love blueberries and peanut butter, but the possibilities are endless!
I don’t know about you, but I always cook too much rice. It puffs up into fluffy clouds of goodness and deceives me every time. But then I started having fried rice for lunch the next day and now I could never go back to throwing away leftover grains. ⠀
Make sure you put the leftover rice in the fridge straight away - don’t leave it on the side to cool naturally. The next day, whack some oil, garlic, onion and carrots in a frying pan and heat until soft. Then chuck in any other veg, like frozen peas or sweetcorn. Finally, add the rice and a generous splash of tamari/soy sauce and fry until everything is hot. Voila - delicious fried rice to enjoy on its own or as a side.
Hummus is a snack-time favourite but always comes in plastic! Why not try this homemade version for an afternoon treat and save on packaging too!
- Chickpeas - 1 tin
- Tahini - 3 tbsp (if you don't have this, replace it with 60ml olive oil)
- Lemon juice - 1 tbsp
- Cumin - 1 tsp
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Optional, 1 garlic clove crushed (great way to use up those cloves going dry in your cupboard)
Blitz it all up in your processor and there you have the perfect dipping partner for all those veg in your fridge.
More easy recipe ideas that use up leftovers or food on the turn:
Delicious sorbet and ice lollies - use any leftover fruit and berries
Breakfast oat cookies - made with over ripe bananas
Mediterranean bruschetta - revive that stale bread
Soup and veggie lasagne/curry/chilli - chuck in any combination of leftover over veg or pulses
All of these recipes can be found with a quick online search.
Created with images by Thomas Le - "untitled image" • Mohamed Nohassi - "Without wings I can feel free" • Bruna Branco - "Oranges"