This is no biggie, really – rather a very simple example that one person’s waste is another person’s fortune (or something like that!)
I guess it’s all a result of perspective change. I made a truly awesome paneer (Indian cottage cheese), potato and broccoli curry last week . It’s a great combo, because it means I can use the broccoli from my veg box in a recipe that suits the whole Organikal Family. You see, I share something in common with Organikal Child – I don’t like broccoli.
No matter – curried broccoli means it’s just about palatable, and together with all the other veg and the delicious paneer, this is one meal we all enjoy. Exchanging bits of broccoli for potato and so on all just adds to the fun (the rule is we all we need to eat a bit of each – what with broccoli being a super food and all).
And the result is – we eat it all. Every last bite. Except last week I misjudged things ever so slightly and added too much water to the recipe. This meant that come washing up time, there was a pot half full of curry sauce. On any other week, I may have just tipped this sauce down the sink. But not in the run up to Zero Waste Week - and never again!
This time, I saved it in a plastic tub (eek – dangerous chemical leakage alert) and put in the fridge, whereby the next day I added a can of pre-soaked cannellini beans to the sauce and served it in a jacket potato for a fresh and healthy take on jacket potato and baked beans:
By shifting our awareness and perspective, we really can alter our behaviour and create new habits. I’ve always loved leftovers but I’ve never before been driven to think of how I can find so much value in food I would normally throw away without so much as a second glance.
How are you thinking about your food in this Zero Waste Week? Let Mrs Green know over at My Zero Waste and you stand a chance of winning some prizes!
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