The ultimate zero waste fast food! Mrs Green makes soup

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zero waste soupI rather surpassed myself in the kitchen on Monday. I had a go at making Kristen’s bread rolls. I have to say mine looked nothing like her beautiful golden brown offerings, but Little Miss Green ate 9 of them in one go, so I must have done something right. Mr Green said they were too sweet, which didn’t surprise me. Next time I shall put a tiny amount of sugar as Kristen said would be ok.
We were enjoying a couple of inches of snow and what better lunch is there on a blustery winter day than hot soup and fresh rolls? The soup was amazing. It took 10 minutes to make, created no packaging waste and although it was meant to last two days, my two loved it so much the pan was emptied and there were cries of ‘More!’

How can I possibly keep such a recipe to myself?



4 tablespoons olive oil
1 tsp mixed herbs
1 tin tomatoes
1 tin chickpeas, drained
3/4 pint vegetable stock


Gently heat the oil herbs together – no browning required, just warm them through
Meanwhile blend the tomatoes and chickpeas together in a food processor and gradually add the stock
Pour the blended mix into the oil, stir around and bring to the boil
Simmer for 5 minutes

And that, dear readers is it.

Mr Green was shocked when I told him I had made the soup myself. I almost felt guilty that it was so easy and I hadn’t been slaving in the kitchen for hours!

But he didn’t know that, right!? πŸ˜‰

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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. Kris says:

    That sounds v. nice Mrs G πŸ™‚

    I hope you are all tucked up warm, your location sounds to be one of the most snowed-in at the moment.

    I’m getting to the ‘have we got enough food in?!’ stage, but am absolutely sure we will cope somehow, what with the tins, the freezer and the possibility of me trekking across the tundra!

  2. ClaraP says:

    Sounds so scrummy, Mrs G! It was soup-erama here too, this week. I agree, there’s just nothing else that hits the spot better when the snow has piled up outside the door. For us, it was a surprisingly delicious Jerusalem Artichoke affair, that one of our readers had sent through. I have to confess to never having eaten JAs before. Apparently her kids call them Jerusalem FARTichokes. I discovered why!! Cripes alive!! But it was worth it, and just made me and the VegBox Housemate giggle a lot for the rest of the day.

    And on a separate subject, great news! Remember when you were talking about no-waste Christmas presents, and I mentioned the teddies I was making out of old clothes? I happened to be finishing one of them off during a babysitting evening during December. I’ve got the same kids for the day this Sunday. When we asked them what they wanted to do, they said they wanted to make their own teddies! So it’s a zero-waste / re-use / crafts Sunday for us. Hurrah!

  3. Gemma says:

    Looks delicious! I love making soup and will give that recipe a go:)

  4. Katy says:

    It is definitely soup weather! I have just been to Poland where we had soup before both lunch and dinner – very welcome. My favourite to make is butternut squash with ginger, and if I am feeling especially zero-waste I roast and salt the seeds from the squash to sprinkle on top πŸ™‚ Thanks for this tasty and simple recipe!

  5. Deb from Boston says:

    Sounds Yummy. What is the size of your “tin” of Toms and chickpeas? Here it is standard to have 14 1/2-16 oz or 28oz cans.

    Our family loves soup A LOT! We are now on our 6th year of having a montly “Soup Night” – which is basically an open house where we serve 2 (very large) pots of soup and a couple of loaves of bread. Folks just drop in anytime from 4-7pm. Its held from Oct – May. We never know how many (we’ve had only 1 or I stop counting after 25). Some folks bring sweets and other food, others don’t. We’ve never run out, and its always fun (AND my whole house is clean for a few hours)

  6. Mrs Green says:

    @Kris: Hi Kris, thank you for thinking of us. Yep, we’re pretty much going nowhere for a while! We can’t get supermarket deliveries and we can’t get out, but we’ll be fine. I have a sack of potatoes so we’ll be living on jacket potatoes for the weekend. I can think of worse!

    @ClaraP: Fartichokes have never appealed to me, but I’m glad you enjoyed them. The weekend sounds wonderful; I think you’ll have a great time making the teddies. How great that you inspired these kids!

    @Gemma: Let us know how the soup turns out, Gemma πŸ™‚

    @Katy: I agree Katy; there is something wonderful about soup. Interesting that they eat it twice a day in Poland; I can understand why – it’s cheap to make, you can use up stuff that you might otherwise bin and it keeps you warm and full. perfect!

    @Deb from Boston: The tins are 14oz, Deb. your monthly soup night sounds wonderful – what a great idea and what a brilliant way to create a community bond.

  7. Poppy says:

    Hi Mrs G, I’ve also been wondering about you and my friend a couple of villages over from you. My Father-in-Law also works along that way and he hasn’t been able to get in the last couple of days. I also saw the main road on the TV with some lorries stuck fast! My little car struggles on that hill at the best of times, so I certainly wouldn’t tackle it in the snow and ice!

    I was planning soup at lunchtime, but DH wandered to a nearby supermarket and they were selling quite a few things off, so I ended up with a Prawn Sandwich instead. I did feel cheated though, as it’s not really comfort food for a chilly icy day πŸ™ The tin of Mulligatawny from the cupboard would have been much nicer πŸ™‚ Maybe tomorrow!

  8. Fr. Peter says:

    So LMG ate 9 rolls at one go… What greater compliment is there, other than a meal for two days lasting one sitting!

  9. Mrs Green says:

    @Poppy: Hi Poppy, we just thought it was clearing, when more arrived! And I think we are in for more later. I hope you got to enjoy your warming soup in the end. I agree – a prawn sandwich is more of a summer dish with some fresh cucumber πŸ™‚

    @Fr. Peter: Peter, you are right! It’s all about perspective, isn’t it? How are you and how is life in your part of the world?

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