We’re all guilty of wasting food, especially when we’re trying to be healthy – I find it usually goes a little something like this…
*Wandering around the supermarket in attempts to be a newfound health goddess*
Me: “I’m really going to try hard this week. There’s so much on offer, there really is no reason not to live a healthier lifestyle. Ooh, look at all the different fruit they’ve got down here! Why do we never buy kiwis? And pineapple! I love pineapple!”
*Spends an extra £20 on healthy alternatives instead of just filling trolley with frozen pizza and garlic bread*
THREE DAYS LATER…
Boyfriend: “Shall we have some of that pineapple?”
Me: “Nah. Can’t be arsed to cut it.”
ONE WEEK LATER…
“Ew, what’s that smell?! Oh. Wait. The kiwis have gone mouldy.”
And odds are I won’t even know where that pineapple ended up…
We’ve all done it, haven’t we? It’s so easily done, and I’m definitely not ready to put my hand on my heart and pledge to never waste a single morsel ever again.
But, as I’m pinching the pennies lately and trying to cook more, throw out less and keep a watchful eye over what I’m eating, I think it’s about time I started seeing food on its last legs as a less of a one-way ticket to the rubbish bin and more of an opportunity to push myself into trying new things, in a desperate attempt to make the most out of every grocery we buy.
For example, this week we had some tortillas (yes, I’m obsessed with wraps. Put anything in a wrap and I’ll eat it.) open for a few days and they were probably about 24 hours away from being inedible, but I really didn’t want to chuck them.
I had a curry bubbling away in the slow cooker for dinner that night and so I put two and two together and – ding! – lightbulb moment. Use the tortillas as a low-carb alternative to naan bread! Duh.
I crisped them up in the oven with some herbs and they made a really tasty accompaniment to the curry, and it meant a real win-win situation for us – yummy dinner, new recipe learnt and, believe me, not a scrap of that went to waste! Awesome.
If you want to check out the full recipe for my veggie curry and tortilla “naans”, read on here!