Another zero waste lunch

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What a fabulous time we had yesterday with our zero waste meal preparation!

The coleslaw was home made – cabbage, onion and carrots all bought loose from our local organic farm shop.
The mayonnaise came in a glass jar that can be recycled.
The pasties are made by our local butcher’s wife and he puts them straight into our own reusable box.
Finally, a gorgeous friend in the village has salad and herbs growing in abundance in her garden, so she bought us a big bowl full to enjoy.

Preparing a meal like this tastes so much better when you know there is no negative impact on the environment and there is nothing heading to the landfill afterwards!

Have you had a zero waste meal recently? What did you eat?


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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. sandy says:

    Yesterday we had coleslaw, made with carrots and onions and white cabbage from our veg box, mayo in a glass jar, boiled eggs, from the hens, salad leaves from the garden also spring onions, toms
    from the green house, cucumber from the veg box. wonderful and we are now feeling very smug

  2. Nothing useful to add except to say: I miss pasties!!! How lovely that (a) you have access to such yumminess and (b) the butcher will put them straight into your box. That makes so much sense!

    I am busily growing my garden again this year, so I look forward to many zero-waste lunches in our future. Thanks for the food (ha!) for thought.

  3. Mrs Green says:

    @sandy: Sounds like a wonderful meal; not surprised you are feeling good about that one πŸ™‚

    @Lauren @ Hobo Mama: Glad you are growing some of your own food. Do I take it you are from the UK as you mentioned pasties? maybe you could have a go at making them πŸ™‚

  4. Jane says:

    Mum used to make curry puffs with leftover curry. This was just curry (and rice) wrapped and cooked in pastry. (The curry does need to be spicy enough to still be a little spicy with the rice and pastry.)

    Congratulations on your no waste meal! It does feel good doesn’t it freeing the fridge and not having to wash and sort recyclables.

  5. Sooz says:

    We make something similar to Janes curry puffs in our house – but with chilli and cooked diced potatoes in a pasty! yum!

  6. Cate B says:

    It strikes me, reading this blog entry, that pasties could probably be made from pretty much any leftover food instead of composting it. Even the stalky bits on broccoli would cook down and taste great with other veg in a pasty and it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t look too pretty. I’m off home to rustle up some shortcrust…

  7. Jane says:

    How about a two course tiddy oggy? Meat or veg one end and jam or fruit the other. I’ve never tried but I’ve heard this is how they used to be made. There was also a prize winning minced pork one the recipe of which I downloaded several years ago which was very good.

  8. Mrs Green says:

    @Jane: Wow, those curry puffs sound gorgeous; I think Mr G would love them – thank you!

    @Cate B: You;re right Cate – pasties are a brilliant way to hide things that might otherwise end up composted πŸ˜‰ Enjoy your creations!

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