Becoming a greener me – Nothing goes to waste

parsnip and onions

It is an indisputable fact, that the night before a vegetable box delivery, brings forth interesting meals. Using up the yummy veg and fruit that for one reason or another are still lurking at the bottom of the box. I exchange meal ideas with other parents in the playground, to use up the less popular veg. Soups, stews and bakes seem to be the parent’s favourite. By this stage of the week, needing to disguise the less popular choice.

As part of my becoming a greener me, I restarted ordering a weekly veg and fruit box. Cutting food miles and buying local. Less packaging too. Frequency will be reduced as produce from our kitchen garden kicks in. In the meantime, I need to make the most of these boxes. No waste.

oranges ready

This week, parsnips, onions, oranges and 2 bananas were left. Parsnips were steamed and mashed, and added to a stew, along with the onions. And don’t think I wasn’t tempted to add an orange or two! I resisted, but only just.

orange and poppy seed muffins

Should I be surprised that the family welcomed the orange and poppy seed muffins as a happy alternative? Love these dotty muffins. (Reading the poppy seed packet, I had no idea that the seed was a good source of calcium. Dotty and good for your bones!)

Nothing goes to waste. Bananas will be made into muffins for the weekend. Providing a filling snack for my active children. As they rush into the kitchen, to grab a treat, before heading out to the garden again. The muffins will soon disappear.

Nothing goes to waste. Even the table they are prepared on is recycled. It used to be a science table from a Bristol secondary school. It still has student’s initials carved into it. Although, I am assuming it’s not the teachers’ handiwork.

The holes are still there where we removed the old gas tap and electricity sockets. I admire the table’s quirkiness and wonder at its history every time I prepare my own experimental concoctions.

inside muffin

See, nothing goes to waste.

One more step to becoming a greener me.

Joining in with Thrifty Thursday over at Cold Tea and Smelly Nappies



6 thoughts on “Becoming a greener me – Nothing goes to waste

  • Friday 28 March, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    I’m currently looking into having a fruit and veg box delivered to our house each week. The aim is to go completely supermarket free eventually but we are working up to that. The problem I’m having is finding a supplier that doesn’t cost twice as much as it would to get the veg from a supermarket! I noticed that you are from the South West too can you recommend a good company? Thank you for linking up to #ThriftyThursday

    • Monday 31 March, 2014 at 10:50 am

      We went down the no supermarket route, but gradually its crept back in. Just started to move away from it again.

      I’ve used several veg box deliveries over the years. I call it veg box, but it includes meat and dairy, as well as non-food items. Covers most of my weekly shopping list. The prices are about the same as supermarket and better quality.

      The company I use now works out of Glastonbury. I’m not sure it covers your area. We have a number of local cooperative farms around us that do veg box schemes. I think its on the up. I see a few advertised in our local papers. Hope you find a good supplier.

  • Friday 28 March, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    I love poppy seeds, your muffins sound delicious. I’m still going through my experimental cookery phase. I added an apple to spag bol because it was passed it’s best was surprisingly lovely. #ThrifyThursday

    • Monday 31 March, 2014 at 11:00 am

      Not tried that one! Apple is so versatile. Good job as we always seem to have an abundance of them! 😀

  • Tuesday 1 April, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    They all sound yummy:) Not had orange and poppy seed combo – must try it:)

    • Wednesday 2 April, 2014 at 10:36 am

      Definitely recommend. Yum!

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