A great checklist for going zero-waste in the kitchen via Pure Green Magazine

Going zero waste in the kitchen from Pure Green Magazine(1)

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I’m not sure I paid that much attention to it. All the plastic, I mean. Specifically the plastic in my kitchen. But once I did…

…I saw it everywhere.

It was wrapped around my food, and spilling out of my pantry, and overflowing from the cabinet next to the fridge. My brushes were plastic. My utensils were plastic. My food storage was plastic.

This excess of plastic could have bothered me from an environmental standpoint. But to be honest, it was the attractiveness and natural beauty of the non-plastic alternatives that motivated me to start looking into ways to reduce and replace the plastic in my kitchen.

Since starting, I’ve learned from much experience that reducing plastic in the kitchen is easier said than done. Plastic is popular for a reason: it’s convenient, it’s practical, it’s effective at many, many things.

So when I read this article from Pure Green Magazine, I felt like it was an excellent roadmap for reducing plastic in the kitchen. Full of eight doable steps like getting rid of plastic wrap and parchment paper, the article also shares suggestions for replacements. And it says this:

“Swap one thing out at a time so that the process feels manageable and you aren’t trying to break many habits at one time—it increases the chances of lasting change and success.”

This little piece of advice, I think, is the key. Take it one step at a time. In spite of the gorgeous pictures of natural kitchens on Pinterest, getting there isn’t an overnight process. Replacing effective and convenient plastic items takes time, and sometimes a little adjustment.

So if you’re looking for a way to remove plastic from your kitchen, this list is a great place to start. Just don’t try to finish in one day.

P.S. This list has even more ideas for going zero waste at home. Some I’ve tried and some I haven’t. Maybe I’ll try putting together a little course based on these lists and put them into a calendar for you to download and try out ideas in baby steps. Would you be interested in something like that?

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Dude-approved minimalist hot lunch formula

minimalist hot lunch formula

minimalist hot lunch formula

Attention dudes of the world: here’s a simple minimalist hot lunch formula for eating hearty man food that also happens to be healthy. Women, this formula works for you, too. I’ve been using it to build my lunches for two years and get a ton of jealous stares and comments from envious coworkers. These meals will fill you up, keep you from carb crashes, and help you avoid 3PM vending machine snack binges. They’re also easy to make carb-free/Paleo if you’re into that kind of thing. Here’s what you do:

A minimalist hot lunch formula that passes the dude litmus test

Supplies: get 1 or 2 microwaveable containers, preferably with a lid if you’re taking it to work

Step 1: add a base of green. Choose the one you like best. If romaine or iceberg lettuce is your pick, you’re going to need your second container for everything else. If you like kale, spinach, or other greens that can stand up to a little heat, one container for everything is fine.

Step 2: add a layer of veggies (or start a new container with the veggies). Again, choose your favorites (or, if you’re not a veggie fan, choose the ones you don’t hate). My time-saving hack is to make a big batch of chopped veggie slaw, a pan of roasted veggies, or a stir-fry and then store it in the fridge for the week.

Step 3: add a layer of meat or leftovers. This is always repurposed from dinner, like quiche, casserole, stew, brats, grilled meat, baked potato. Meatloaf is killer. Pizza works, too. Basically whatever you have, just dump it on top. Tips: if you eat out for dinner a lot, order extra to bring home.

Optional Step 4: add a dressing/condiment. Mustard, soy sauce, vinegar/oil, pesto, hot wing sauce (my personal favorite), or whatever you like. Keep in mind that some condiments (ex. anything mayo-based) will need refrigeration if it’s at room temperature too long. Don’t poison yourself.

Optional Step 5: finally, for flavor or crunch, you could add some cheese or nuts. Totally up to you.

Then when lunch rolls around, heat your veggies and leftovers (and greens if they’re sturdy—refer to #1) and eat. Minimalist. Easy. Quick. Healthy. Done.

Related: Minimalist cooking as demonstrated by dudes

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