No Waste Tastes Great / How Do You Save A Banana?

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We’re looking at a salmon pasta bake this evening.

I have all the component parts.

Tomatoes, Leeks, Carrots, Peppers, Smoked Salmon.

There’s pasta in the cupboard, and my simple cheese sauce recipe is quick to rustle up.

It’s been a good week on the food-waste-front. It’s been fun.

This Wednesday I participated in #saveabanana day as part of The Guardian’s Live Better campaign.

Those who read regularly know I like to keep my eye on the prize when it comes to reducing food waste. Therefore, rather than waiting to resuscitate a banana, I preempted potential waste and took action.

Introducing Chocolate ‘Top’ Banana.

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The recipe can be found here

A great ready-to-eat-treat, when you have purchased 1 too many bananas.

Unfortunately I did not preempt the following food waste situation.

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2 strawberries and a grape.

How do you save a banana? Or perhaps more relevant how do you save fruit in general? It seems my strawberry and grape saves are in need of improvement.

If you haven’t checked out The Guardian’s Live better campaign you can click here – they’ve been talking reducing food-waste this month.

(I am in no way compensated for mentioning this campaign. Don’t forget though, you may see me feature over there pretty soon.)

 

Thanks as always to Kristen, The Frugal Girl, (the founder of Food Waste Friday and the inspiration behind No Waste Tastes Great)…Don’t forget to head on over to her’s to link up your Food Waste Friday post!

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  • Sharron March 28, 2014, 11:26 am

    EEk!! Those strawberries! I made salmon pasta bake a few weeks ago i had forgotten how much i like it. We are threadbare at the minute with no food apart from a few bits. We are off to Florida on Tuesday πŸ™‚ When i come home me and hubs are embarking on a zero waste (packaging ) challenge when we get back. It may involve a few shopping changes but we are ready for the challenge! Our waste has been reduced to nealry nothing. We arn’t perfect and it is usually veg/freuit that spoils. We do however have a compost bin so all is not lost!!

    We have already put a few things in place so feeling really excited about our next green challenge.

    Did you watch the sport relief programme on food poverty? A real eye opener and made me feel almost guilty that i have bare cupboards out of choice. We pledged to once a month spend Β£20 on food for the food bank.

    Sharron x

    • simplybeingmum April 3, 2014, 1:31 pm

      Oh Sharron I missed you before you left for Florida. I hope you have a lovely time!

      So impressed with your food bank commitment…

  • Sharron March 28, 2014, 11:26 am

    EEk!! Those strawberries! I made salmon pasta bake a few weeks ago i had forgotten how much i like it. We are threadbare at the minute with no food apart from a few bits. We are off to Florida on Tuesday πŸ™‚ When i come home me and hubs are embarking on a zero waste (packaging ) challenge when we get back. It may involve a few shopping changes but we are ready for the challenge! Our waste has been reduced to nealry nothing. We arn’t perfect and it is usually veg/freuit that spoils. We do however have a compost bin so all is not lost!!

    We have already put a few things in place so feeling really excited about our next green challenge.

    Did you watch the sport relief programme on food poverty? A real eye opener and made me feel almost guilty that i have bare cupboards out of choice. We pledged to once a month spend Β£20 on food for the food bank.

    Sharron x

    • simplybeingmum April 3, 2014, 1:31 pm

      Oh Sharron I missed you before you left for Florida. I hope you have a lovely time!

      So impressed with your food bank commitment…

  • Apple March 28, 2014, 1:44 pm

    Good idea with the bananas! What do with leftover bananas is mash them up, mix them with some xylit and dark chocholate, and then make small balls and roll them in coconut flakes. πŸ™‚

    • Rachel Jonat (@racheljonat) March 28, 2014, 2:02 pm

      That sounds so good!
      I freeze them to use in smoothies. Boring but it works.
      Did you tweet the banana peel curry recipe? I was intrigued.
      Fridge low on food but full of pyrex containers filled with water and beer to keep my energy usage low. Just made dinner/lunch for today and tomorrow (roasted carrot and parsnip garlic mash, slow cooked beef stew, steamed broccoli), have meatballs for the weekend and a bunch of veg I’ll use up as a side dish. Have a few cherry tomatoes that are about to turn. The baby will eat them chopped as a snack and what is left will be thrown into tonight’s dinner as garnish.

    • simplybeingmum April 3, 2014, 1:31 pm

      Sounds scrummy! πŸ™‚

  • Apple March 28, 2014, 1:44 pm

    Good idea with the bananas! What do with leftover bananas is mash them up, mix them with some xylit and dark chocholate, and then make small balls and roll them in coconut flakes. πŸ™‚

    • Rachel Jonat (@racheljonat) March 28, 2014, 2:02 pm

      That sounds so good!
      I freeze them to use in smoothies. Boring but it works.
      Did you tweet the banana peel curry recipe? I was intrigued.
      Fridge low on food but full of pyrex containers filled with water and beer to keep my energy usage low. Just made dinner/lunch for today and tomorrow (roasted carrot and parsnip garlic mash, slow cooked beef stew, steamed broccoli), have meatballs for the weekend and a bunch of veg I’ll use up as a side dish. Have a few cherry tomatoes that are about to turn. The baby will eat them chopped as a snack and what is left will be thrown into tonight’s dinner as garnish.

    • simplybeingmum April 3, 2014, 1:31 pm

      Sounds scrummy! πŸ™‚

  • sarahn March 31, 2014, 4:13 am

    I eagerly await overripe bananas, to then freeze and use in my weekend smoothies (with milk, cocoa powder, delish!) I can also use the thawed banana in cakes or muffins if I need them. I never have ‘ripe enough’ bananas when I find a recipe I want to use them for, so this is where this habit has come from. I’m no where near as good with fruit and vege though!

  • sarahn March 31, 2014, 4:13 am

    I eagerly await overripe bananas, to then freeze and use in my weekend smoothies (with milk, cocoa powder, delish!) I can also use the thawed banana in cakes or muffins if I need them. I never have ‘ripe enough’ bananas when I find a recipe I want to use them for, so this is where this habit has come from. I’m no where near as good with fruit and vege though!

  • Jessica April 3, 2014, 5:20 am

    Wow, this is a really great idea! What I usually do with overripe fruit is make a milkshake out of them, just put them in the blender together with some ice cream and milk – easy and fool-proof, but probably a little bit unhealthy.

    • simplybeingmum April 3, 2014, 1:33 pm

      We all deserve a treat from time to time. I’m not a massive ‘banana in it’s raw state’ fan. Milkshakes work for me…

  • Jessica April 3, 2014, 5:20 am

    Wow, this is a really great idea! What I usually do with overripe fruit is make a milkshake out of them, just put them in the blender together with some ice cream and milk – easy and fool-proof, but probably a little bit unhealthy.

    • simplybeingmum April 3, 2014, 1:33 pm

      We all deserve a treat from time to time. I’m not a massive ‘banana in it’s raw state’ fan. Milkshakes work for me…

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