World Food Day. It is one of my strategies for using up bits and pieces of nuts, seeds and dried fruit that otherwise would go to waste. In fact, sometimes it seems anything goes. I put some dried quinoa in this muesli (thanks Joanne) and also have recently seen Jules using psyllium husks in hers.
Helpling or Food Wise). In Australia on average, each household throws out 345kg of food per year. Food waste means more carbon emissions, more landfill and unnecessary resources being used to product food.
I have reflected on my week and it is not all good. I bought watermelon a couple of weeks back and went to use up some of it only to find it was covered in a yellow slime. A couple of tomatoes I was about to use had gone mouldy. The remains of a bunch of parsley was yellowing at the bottom of the fridge. It can be a challenge to find the balance between eating enough good food to encourage us to eat well and not so much that it finds its way to the bin. Not to mention the food Sylvia rejects.
But it is not all bad. I have also found some ways that I have rescued food before it got to the bin. I have:
- used up old eggplant in a vegie and lentil stew
- used up some stew leftovers for lunch
- used up more stew leftovers by mixing with pasta
- used up opened avocado in a rice salad
- used up parsnips I'd bought on sale and the glace ginger from Christmas in a cake (recipe soon)
- used up an over-ripe pear in a smoothie
- used vegie scraps from my freezer stash to make stock
I am sending this muesli to Kimmy for Healthy Vegan Fridays, to Kate (on behalf of Elizabeth) for No Waste Food Challenge, and Mandy for Cook Blog Share.
More posts on Green Gourmet Giraffe about reducing food waste:
Back when we had a compost bin
Making nut balls using leftovers from crumbing tofu
The herbs and citrus in my garden
Making vegetable stock using vegie scraps
A soup using neglected greens
Tahini quinoa and apricot toasted muesli
Adapted from Where's the Beef and Green Gourmet Giraffe
4 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup raw cashews, roughly chopped
1/2 cup raw quinoa
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup seeds (I used a mix of sesame, sunflower, linseed and hemp)
1 tsp mixed spice
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup tahini
1/4 cup rice bran oil (or other neutral oil)
1 cup chopped dried apricots
Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Lightly whisk together maple syrup, tahini and oil in a large jug until smooth. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until well mixed. Tip into two large lined roasting tins. Bake at 180 for 20-25 minutes, stirring halfway through. Stir in dried apricots and leave to cool. Store in an airtight container.
On the stereo:
My Head is an Animal: Of Monsters and Men