The easiest Zero Waste Snacks

The easiest Zero Waste Snacks

I started writing this blog, then realized, hey! How can I write about snacks without consuming a snack?!

So now I am eating raisins, and writing… honestly, it is really helping the creativity flow.

Fruits and vegetables

We all know they’re super great to consume, also fruits and vegetables can leave zero waste when scraps are disposed of in a suitable composter. I have an allotment, so my composter is a cone bin with a hole in the bottom. Other options include wormeries or bokashi bins.

By considering where the fruits and vegetables were imported from or grown , I can also take responsibility for waste which may have occurred before the fruits and veg arrived at the shop or market I am purchasing them from. Ideally, I’d love for 2019 to be the year that I am able to eat more fruit and veg from my allotment so I am fully aware of where my produce has come from. Where this is not possible, I consider the airmiles products would have travelled in order to get to me.

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How to regrow food from kitchen scraps

How to regrow food from kitchen scraps

They say there is no such thing as a free lunch. I’m here to prove that wrong, but this free lunch will only consist of regrowth of spring onions.

Okay, maybe it's just a free snack or garnish. But, hey, it’s still free, happy days.

This is SO simple, it takes zero skill. If you are far from green fingered, I promise you can still do this. It's even more forgiving than keeping a succulent- and you only need to think about it every few days for a couple of weeks. If you’ve used up all your maternal plant love by then, you can eat all of the spring onions, or you can snip the regrowth and watch them resprout.

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Zero Waste Breakfast Ideas

Zero Waste Breakfast Ideas

A few simple switches can make for a completely Zero Waste breakfast, or at least one with dramatically less waste. I found breakfast was by far the easiest meal to make zero waste.

Mine and Anna’s staple go to was porridge, so we simply made these changes:

Buy in bulk, the oats and the toppings came straight from a bulk shop into our containers, Or in Anna’s case, straight from her farm back home into a container for her to bring back.

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Zero Waste Chocolate Almond Milk

Zero Waste Chocolate Almond Milk

Our Almond Milk blog is our most popular blog of all time. I’ve not just made that up to sound fancier than we really are, it’s true, it has had the most views by a LONG way.

I’ve been having a little play around with this recipe, because you all love it so, and my two favourite concoctions have been chocolate and golden milk (recipe coming soon, do not fret)

Our recipe for chocolate almond milk is so great (if I do say so myself) that it can be glugged straight from the bottle, as it is yummy enough to drink solo. Its also super healthy- you know me, I always like to be able to identify EVERY ingredient in anything I ingest.

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Zero Waste Avocado Toast

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I’m a millennial, therefore, I love a good avocado toast. However, as I am a millennial, I am also very aware of the farming issues which are currently related to avocado production.

I’ve been in such an ethical pickle with this one that I actually considered not posting this recipe. I then reflected on the reasons why I purchased avocados, and realised that it was because they’re a very bountiful fruit at the market, which I buy in a large quantity, before it goes off to avoid food waste and this blog is all about reducing that kind of waste.

So, after a lot of pondering, I decided I would post this blog, risk feeling like a hypocrite as I am using avocados in my recipe, but also use this as a platform to share the ethical issues which surround the avocado.

As with any super-fruit such as blueberries or, pomegranates, our love for these fruits puts a huge strain on farmers and it is often a lot more profitable for them to swap to this super-fruit. Those which don’t lose out on wages, and those who do have to keep up with what could be a fickle passing trend.

Unfortunately, growing avocados in large quantities to ensure there are enough at our supermarkets and market stalls means that the Mexicans, who are typically farming these crops, have to cut down the rainforest for space, use nasty fertilisers and pesticides to grow the crop. It also takes about 272 litres to grow about 2 or 3 medium avocados!

It doesn’t just stop with the environmental issues either. As this crop is very profitable, it’s increasing trade is controlled by the Mexican drugs cartels. Whilst switching to avocados which aren’t produced in Mexico may seem like the best way to clear our conscience, it is highly likely that the same issues are happening world wide.

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My take on this information is that I will still have the occasional avocado, but that I’d prefer to get the fats and nutrients I would receive from the avocado through other fruit and vegetable sources.

If all that hasn’t put you off what is a super yummy meal, here is our avocado toast recipe. We made our own bread for this recipe, and we also wrote a guide about buying good bread if you can’t or don’t want to make your own.

Low Waste Avocado Toast

Didn’t feel right calling this one Zero Waste, given all the back issues I’ve discussed above.

Author: A Zero Waste Life
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 2 slices
Dietary information: GF (choose a GF bread), DF, vegan

Category: Breakfast, lunch, dinner- whenever you want to eat it!

EQUIPMENT

  • Knife

  • Chopping board

  • Toaster

  • Fork

  • Bowl

INGREDIENTS

  • Either one very large, two medium or three small avocados

  • Two slices of bread, which we decided to toast

  • Topping of your choice. We used half a red onion, chilli flakes and

    pistachios

  • Olive oil

    *Note: other toppings could be lemon juice, black ground pepper, sea salt, other

    nuts or seeds- it’s up to you!

If you're nowhere near a bulk shop, our friends at Plastic Free Pantry have kindly given you guys a discount code! Just type zerowastelife10 at the checkout.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Peel and chop your avocados. Put all the seeds, skins and bad parts into the compost.

  2. Put all the yummy avocado into a bowl. Mash with your fork. Leave on the side

  3. Chop up your toppings

  4. Toast the bread, if you want

  5. Put the toast onto a plate, add the avocado and toppings and drizzle all with olive oil.

  6. Marvel at your creation

Did you make this recipe?

Please let me know how it turned out for you! Leave a comment below and share a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #azerowastelife!