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3 No-Waste Recipes for World Food Day

Tuesday 16th October is World Food Day!

It's a perfect occasion to try some new recipes, have some fun in the kitchen and tackle the issue of food waste in the process. This year's campaign is about working towards zero hunger across the world by eating and using food responsibly. Here are three great 'no-waste' recipe ideas that will help you to use up items in your kitchen.


'All-In' Spaghetti Bolognese

Fry mince beef with a finely chopped onion and a clove of garlic. Allow it to brown before transferring into a slow cooker and adding a tin of chopped tomatoes, a tablespoon of tomato puree and a teaspoon each of ground chilli, cumin and salt. Add a dash of Worcester sauce and any vegetables from the bottom of your fridge from the following: sweet peppers, mushrooms, carrots or celery. If you have any chorizo or bacon, add a little of this too with some paprika. Cook on low for 4-5 hours and stir in a square of dark chocolate towards the end for richness before seasoning and serve with rice, sour cream and grated cheese.

Vegetable Curry

Meat is resource-intensive to rear and farm, so try having one day a week at least when you forgo it in favour of nutrition-rich vegetables. Again, this curry recipe is a great way to adapt to the vegetables that you have in your kitchen and to have fun experimenting with flavours that you enjoy. Fry up an onion in some coconut oil or butter with curry paste, garlic and ginger, and then add finely diced vegetables such as potato, broccoli, carrot, cauliflower and mushrooms. Add some pulses for protein and texture - chickpeas or lentils are both good choices. Pour in a tin of coconut milk over the top and add a stock cube if you like added flavour. Gently cook and add anything else that takes your fancy - cashew nuts are delicious, and raisins will create a more Anglicised sweeter curry. You can also stir in a little crushed pineapple if you like this! Serve with basmati rice or try making your own chapattis.

No-Waste Fruit Crumble

This is a fun one to make with kids. Simply gather up fruit that you need to use such as cooking apples, berries and even bananas. Tinned fruit also works well. Layer in a baking dish with sugar and a little lemon. Then make a crumble top with 150g of plain flour, 100g of butter and 90g of Demerara sugar. Mix it using your fingers into a crumbly texture and layer over the crumble. You can also add in other ingredients to the crumble top such as oats and seeds for added fibre and healthy fats. Sprinkle a little cinnamon over the top with some extra sugar and perhaps some slivered almonds if you have some to hand. Bake in the oven at 160 degrees for 40 minutes and serve with cream or custard for delicious comfort food!

You can find plenty of no-waste food inspiration at World Food Day's website, which includes plenty of information about the Zero Waste campaign and practical ideas to support it from your home HERE.  


The Love Food Hate Waste website is also a superb resource to avoid throwing away any leftovers. For example, did you know that you can make cabbage into gut-loving and probiotic-rich sauerkraut in just a few steps or use carrot and radish to make Korean kimchi? Even leftover soft fruit can easily be blended into a compote or fruit sauce for the freezer, made into ice-cream when blended with cream and frozen or transformed into jam! Get inspired here.


Which recipes will you cook to celebrate World Food Day? Don't forget to stock up on your ingredients at your favourite online retailer through Give As You Live and raise funds for your favourite charity in the process. Prefer to shop in-store? Why not purchase a Grocery Card and raise FREE funds on your normal weekly or monthly shop?

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