Did you ever wonder how you could eliminate single-use waste in your kitchen? Thankfully it’s easy to find simple zero-waste kitchen swaps.
Recently while entertaining family for supper, my sister saw me incorporating several zero-waste efforts. She exclaimed “Oh wow, I would have never thought to do that!”
It got me thinking, maybe I should share the various ways I’m able to reduce (or even eliminate) those single-use items in my kitchen. There are many easy ways I’m able to make zero-waste swaps for those things.
Here’s a list of single-use items I no longer buy. I’ve been able to reduce or eliminate these things completely:
When the garden is pumping out those peppers I’m going through them almost as fast as they’ll produce. Jalapenos, poblanos, bell peppers, banana peppers – I love ’em all!
But we especially love poblanos and bell peppers. I’ve discovered that although they’re delicious in many ways, my favorite flavor is accomplished by roasting them.
But, you know – peppers are producing most prolifically during those hot & humid months of summer. I can’t stand the thought of turning the oven on high and roasting those peppers. Even for the delicious end result.
So when I’m making Chile Relleno or Creamy Hatch Sauce and wanting to use my garden peppers, I take the shortcut in roasting them. You like to use shortcuts here too? Check out this Homestead Hack, y’all.
It’s hatch chile season, y’all!Recently I whipped up some quesadillas and topped them with this creamy hatch chile sauce that I made from scratch. It was simple, really. I only used hatch chiles, greek yogurt, garlic and olive oil. RancherMan is still raving! I’d say that was a success!
We try to buy hatch chiles every year. But before I toss them in the freezer, I remove the stems and seeds & peel the roasted skins (if they’re tough). Then I lay the chiles in a single layer and freeze them.
That means using my roasted hatch chiles is as easy as cutting off a chunk and proceeding with my recipe. Come see how I made this quick & easy Creamy Hatch Chili Sauce.
After the lettuce is torn and added to the bowl, we pile on the extras. Chopped carrots, diced onion, sliced cucumbers, crumbled sharp cheese, etc. We also often peel a boiled egg and chop it up, sprinkling it into our salad as well for the extra protein.
Oftentimes this salad is so hearty it’s all we want for supper. And cool meals are a bonus in the heat & humidity of NE Texas summers!
But I recently read about a way to cook your eggs in an Instant Pot similar to boiled eggs. But the eggs are cracked and poured into a pan before being cooked. I’ve seen it called an ‘Egg Loaf’. Well color me intrigued!
Many are surprised to find that I serve homemade meals every day. There are actually several good reasons for that. And none involve the words “Because I love to cook“!
Firstly, living in the country means there’s a limit to close places to go out to eat. And home delivery is certainly not even an option!
Secondly I know eating at home is a healthier option than the high-fat, high-sugar & high sodium options that tempt you at a restaurant. I’m able to serve a delicious homemade meal while still having control over any unhealthy ingredients in recipes.
Thirdly, it’s significantly cheaper to cook from scratch than to eat out, or even to utilize packaged convenience items sold in the stores. Being self employed means I’m extremely mindful of our budget.
But still it’s a surprise for many people, who ask:
“How in the world do you serve homemade meals every day??!!”
Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret – I use several shortcuts. And they could help you too!
I enjoy cooking from what we already have in our freezers and pantry. But we’re eating good, y’all!
Recently I was looking through the pantry and I spied a large 2-lb bag of pintos. Aaaaah the lowly pinto bean. I wonder if I should cook a whole 2-lb bag of them? Will we get tired of them before they’re all eaten?
I decided to cook them up and see how many different ways we could enjoy them before our palates got bored. Come see!