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Chocolate Sesame Haystacks, Five Changes, Food Waste Friday

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Feature Recipe: Quick, delicious Chocolate, Sesame Haystacks

Five changes I am making to how I shop and around the home

Food Waste Friday

 

FEATURE RECIPE: CHOCOLATE, SESAME HAYSTACKS

Making energy balls and similar healthy treats in the freezer is so easy and takes so little time. I call these chocolate sesame haystacks and I they include pitted dates and crispy noodles known as "fried rice noodles" which I buy gluten free. These noodles are not the healthiest as they are generally fried however each ball contains only a few. The ones I use are just rice and sesame oil.

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Very rich but full of (mostly) good healthy ingredients for a great pick me up or start of the day snack.

Chocolate Sesame Haystacks2014-10-02 15:10:29Yields 12A delicious crunchy chocolate treat for any time you want a pick me up!Write a reviewSave RecipePrintPrep Time5 min Prep Time5 min Ingredients

  1. 1 100g packet of fried noodles ( these can be bought gluten free)
  2. 1 cup pitted dates soaked at least 15 minutes in water (the longer the better)
  3. 1 1/2 TBS cocoa
  4. 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  5. 1/3 cup coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender and mix until combined.
  2. Scrape the sides and mix again ensuring dates are broken down.
  3. Scoop into mounds on a freezer friendly plate and freeze for at least 30 minutes.

FIVE EASY CHANGES WHICH MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Over the past few weeks I have been coming up with more and more ways to reduce the waste in my house.

Documenting about food waste at Food Waste Friday every week here on the blog is a great reminder to take the time to plan and use what I have.

Overall our house is on the right track when it comes to food waste. I am always up for the challenge to find uses for food which needs to go. For me it is important to be mindful of food and I am grateful to have something to eat when so many others struggle to have enough.

Fresh Tomatoes ready for the Slow Cooker

Despite all that I have wanted go further with waste and have been thinking about plastic, cans and other rubbish. I want to make some tangible changes when it comes to household rubbish which I am convinced will make a big difference to our budget, health and inner and outer environment in all sorts of ways.

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Trays of tomatoes ready for the oven

Without further adieu here are five of the recent changes I have made towards reducing household waste.

1. No longer buying zip lock or freezer bags. These are a thing of the past in our house. Zip lock bags break and I get lazy and use them for everything . I do not have a decent system for drying them. If they arrive via some other means I keep them and reuse them. If I don't have any zip lock bags I find myself being more resourceful and reusing other bags and containers. The same also goes for plastic shopping bags. I always carry cloth bags and keep them in my car, refusing plastic as often as I can.

Dehydrated tomatoes in olive oil

2. I have started taking paper bags for mushrooms to the produce shop. The produce shop offers paper bags for bulk mushrooms so every week I take one and every week I put it into the recycling . I was triggered by a comment I read on Spurtopia a few weeks back when they said `recycling should be a last option`. This struck me because they are right. Recycling is one way to reuse waste but it still requires resources, energy and not everything is recyclable. Now I put the paper bag in with my reusable shopping bags and use the same paper bag again. I asked myself if I really need a pristine paper bag for my mushrooms every week?

3. Taking reusable plastic containers to buy bulk beans, quinoa etc. Same concept as the mushroom bags. When buying bulk the beans or whatever the store offers a small plastic bag which is thin and not really useful for anything else. Recently I have been taking along disposable type plastic containers for anything bulk and then there is no need for a plastic bag.

Slow Cooked Kidney Beans

4. Dehydrating bulk produce. Over the past few weeks I pulled out my dehydrator and started making my own sundried tomatoes.

This week I was able to buy a box of reduced tomatoes in bulk and made 5 more jars of sundried tomatoes ( technically dehydrated tomatoes in oil). I had so many tomatoes I slow cooked some in fresh herbs and onion and then roasted trays full to make a use for anything tomato sauce to put in the freezer.

Tin tomatoes is one thing I often have on hand though it won't be necessary to buy them for a while now I am stocked up on fresh sauce.

Kidney beans ready to be frozen

5. Slow cooking bulk dry beans in batches and freezing them. In our house we eat our fair share of beans, mostly kidney, black beans and chickpeas. I was buying them in cans until recently when I decided to batch cook beans and freeze them. It is cheaper, they make more, there is no can waste and there are no nasty additives or extra salt.

Radishes

There you have it, a few ways I have been doing more than think about waste. It feels awesome to be getting down to some simple living basics as well as working on planting, sowing and watering as new shoots and plants come up every day.

This week I will spare you my fridge photo which looks much like the last weeks picture. In the fridge you will find some produce and a bit of fruit. We had a family function this week so I came home with left over salad and veggies.

Soggy spinach = waste

I really appreciate food as gifts and receiving extra though of course this has an impact on the food which I had in the fridge ready to use. This week I ended up tossing some spinach which I had for almost 2 weeks and was using slowly. It got wet and soggy so into the compost it went.

Moldy apple..gross

Once again I left half cut fruit in the fruit bowl and they became gross and mouldy. So wasteful and unnecessary. I had a little word with myself.

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This is the waste for this week. Our fridge is actually quite empty and as Big G commented one day "Our fridge looks like a fridge in a frat house" which I took as meaning "our fridge has alot of condiments, a little bit of beer and not much else"

Have a brilliant week and keep shining.

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Posted in Clothing Post Date 03/13/2016


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