A zero waste meal in minutes

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sausage casserole - our zero waste meal

sausage casserole - our zero waste meal

Who said cooking food from scratch was time consuming!?

I have to admit I even amazed myself with lunch this week!

I’d lost track of time and we had to be out in the afternoon. We’d woken up that morning to a grey, cold day so needed something quick, filling and warming for lunch.

Having a shuffle through the fridge I found the following food leftovers:

  • a couple of cooked sausages
  • 4 cooked potatoes
  • some cooked carrot slices
  • a portion of cooked red lentils
  • jar roasted peppers
  • a tablespoon of double cream

I cut up one of the roasted peppers, roughly chopped the potatoes and sausages and combined them with the lentils and carrots.

Then I poured over a tin of chopped tomatoes, added some minced garlic and paprika and heated it all through.

At the end of heating it, I added the double cream and served the sausage casserole with fresh bread.

It was amazing; it tasted like a slow cooked casserole and it had taken me ten minutes on the hob. The preparation time was about 4 minutes.

I think I even beat the wonderful people on ready steady cook for my timing! Making meals like this save you money, reduces landfill waste from plastic packaging and helps to minimise food waste.

What about you? What amazing meal in minutes have you recently created to use up some of your food leftovers?

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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. Teresa says:

    I love it when a healthy, tasty meal comes together in no time from leftovers! If I’m making a stir-fry for dinner I quite often add the leftovers to a bowl of quickly prepared cous cous for my lunch the next day.
    Teresa x

  2. sandy says:

    sounds really tasty.wish we had left overs, but it is either the other half, dog or chickens who get it all.

  3. Mrs Green says:

    @Teresa: Hi Teresa, I really must get in to cous cous; I rarely use it, but it’s so quick and delicious when leftovers are added; thanks for the inspiration!

    @sandy: 😀 well the leftovers in your home are being put to good use and I’m sure the menagerie are grateful

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