Mrs Green’s ‘use it up!’ meal

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zero waste pizza

zero waste pizza

This has to be one of the simplest meals to create and as I’m gearing up for my own personal ‘no food waste’ zero waste week I thought I’d share.

It’s quick, convenient and uses up scraps of things that might otherwise be wasted.

We eat this meal once every 10 days or so, so I thought I’d share it with you.

We call is ‘pizza’ but you probably call it cheese on toast.

Ages ago we shared a wonderful pizza recipe from Sooz. Hers was the real deal and even though it’s become a favourite here, I still use mine too because I can be a bit of a domestic slob. What I like about this recipe is you can use virtually anything you have to hand, and it uses up the items we often have little bits left of – crusts of bread, a tablespoon of tuna from a can or the end of a block of cheese:

Step one: Spread pieces of bread with tomato ketchup or puree:

Spread bread with tomato puree

Spread bread with tomato puree

Step two: top with whatever you like – we had a bit of tuna left, so used that up. You can add ham, onions, sweetcorn, pineapple, mushrooms, peppers – just see what’s in the fridge and use it up!:

Top with tuna or your chosen topping

Top with tuna or your chosen topping

Step three – top with grated cheese:

Top with grated cheese a la pizza style

Top with grated cheese a la pizza style

Step four: Whack under a hot grill for a few minutes until the cheese melts:

Grill until the cheese melts

Grill until the cheese melts

Et voila – instant pizza resulting in zero food waste!

What is the simplest recipe you make for using up food scraps?

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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth’s fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. We like that kind of pizza too! Pasta is always very forgiving too, with odds and ends, and even with just ketchup and grated cheese it’s very acceptable to hungry children!

  2. just Gai says:

    Soups, stir fries and risottos are my favourite recipes for using up leftovers. The combinations are endless and with the judicious use of herbs and spices they can be as tasty as they are nutritious.

  3. Like Gai we do a lot of soups and stirfrys to use up food. Just yesterday I was making a stirfry out of extra produce we had. It is always tasty so I don’t mind.

  4. I think I’m going to make this for dinner tonight. We had a party on Sunday with a sandwich bar so I have lots of gourmet bread left over and all kinds of fancy things like pesto mayonnaise and my friend’s lovely tomatoes to add to it. Thanks for the idea, Mrs. G!

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