5 Food Items to Stock Up On to Help Eliminate Food Waste and Stretch Your Budget

5 Food Items to Stock Up On to Help Eliminate Food Waste and Stretch Your Budget

When you’re trying to eat local and organic, it helps to pinch pennies which means buying what’s in season and cheaper but also using every single bit of those veggies and fruits.

Which is exactly why we’re delving into the 5 food items that can be used to help you preserve your perishables and eliminate food waste and how to use them.

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Modern Minimalist Christmas: Natural, Botanical Salt Dough Ornaments

Modern Minimalist Christmas: Natural, Botanical Salt Dough Ornaments

A zero waste take on holiday cheer!

These aren’t your nanny’s salt ornaments, y’all. These beautiful and boho ornaments are all natural, non-toxic, compostable, and zero waste.

AND THEY SMELL AMAZING!

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DIY Red Pepper Flakes for Zero Waste Spices

DIY Red Pepper Flakes for Zero Waste Spices

When it comes to food, I’m basically not happy unless I’m hiccuping, crying, and sweating at the same time… which makes me super fun to go on a date with.

The spicier the better, but spices can be a particular challenge for anyone trying to live a reduce waste lifestyle. Today on the blog I’m giving you a quick down and dirty DIY on how to make your own hot pepper flakes for a zero waste spice routine!

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12 Tips To Stay Green During The Corporate Climb

12 Tips To Stay Green During The Corporate Climb

Running a business in today’s world is hard.

How do you compete, put your best foot forward, and stay afloat as a small business owner or young professional in our consumerist world that’s at odds with your ideals? Today we’re talking about 12 ways to keep an eco-friendly routine in the workplace!

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Best Loquat Peach Salsa

Best Loquat Peach Salsa

It's raining loquats in north Florida, which means I'm out here with buckets doing my happy dance. 

Most people aren't familiar with the loquat, and don't realize it's edible. 

For those living in areas with loquats (most of the Southeast and California in the US, though they can be found worldwide), these tasty fruits are a delicious, low-impact food source. And loquats make one HELL of a fruit salsa. Click through for my Loquat Peach Salsa recipe!

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Brothy Turnip Greens with Shiitake Mushrooms (Meal Without Plastic)

Brothy Turnip Greens with Shiitake Mushrooms (Meal Without Plastic)

This quick and easy comfort dish stars turnip greens, and is a yummy weeknight favorite. 

I probably make a variation of these Brothy Breens with Shiitake Mushrooms at least once a week. 

And guess what? At the end of this recipe, you'll be left with a heap of veggie waste for compost or broth and a couple items for the recycling bin. Bon appetit! 

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Charleston Oyster Farm: Dive into Sustainable Seafood

Charleston Oyster Farm: Dive into Sustainable Seafood

Did you know eating locally farmed oysters can actually improve the environment?

Sign me up! Raw, steamed, fried, or in a shooter, I will do my duty to save our shores. 

The other day I was lucky enough to check out Charleston Oyster Farm, and Q&A them about what it means to raise sustainable seafood. Check it out! 

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Low Fat Spiced Kumquat Ice Cream (Waste Not, Want Not Challenge)

Low Fat Spiced Kumquat Ice Cream (Waste Not, Want Not Challenge)

News Flash: homemade ice cream is a perfectly legitimate way to extend the shelf life of your excess fruit.

My fridge can only fit so many jars of jam and pickles before my boyfriend calls Homesteaders Anonymous. I passed that limit about 2 batches of marmalade ago - shut up and hand me my bonnet.

Here's my favorite new recipe: Spiced Kumquat Ice Cream. The peels are naturally sweet, and they take on a delicious candied texture when frozen. It's sinful, it's easy, it's a foodie-approved way to use up extra fruit. 

 

 

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The Waste Not, Want Not Challenge, and Why It Matters (Kumquat Edition)

The Waste Not, Want Not Challenge, and Why It Matters (Kumquat Edition)

Kumquats are basically citrus' wild party girl: the peels are sweet, the fruit is sour.

When I stumbled on a small tree covered in unused kumquats, I decided to do another Waste Not, Want Not Challenge. "What does it matter, it's just one tree?" I was asked.

With 925 million people hungry worldwide, it matters. Here's how much food that one tree generated, and here's why taking the Waste Not, Want Not Challenge will change your relationship with food.

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Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Lentil Stew with Egg from The Fresh Beet's Ashley Thomas

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Lentil Stew with Egg from The Fresh Beet's Ashley Thomas

This weather has me craving hearty, nutritious food, and this delightful slow cooker recipe from The Fresh Beet's Ashley Galloway Thomas is perfect for a chilly Sunday evening.

The best part? You can make it without generating any plastic packaging waste! Bon appetit!

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Kitchen Waste Woes: Let's Talk About "That Drawer"

Kitchen Waste Woes: Let's Talk About "That Drawer"

Did you know an estimated 10% of all plastic bags created annually end up in our oceans?

It's time to talk about "That Drawer" - the one filled with waste-producing food wraps.

This week we head back to the kitchen to streamline plastic waste with Ecotopia's reusable sandwich bags. 

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