I’m trying to get into a zero-waste mode. I hate to throw food away. There’s always a wave of guilt when I don’t have a choice but to throw the food away either because it is way past the expiration date or when it has wilted and turned bad. I think of the money wasted and also the countless number of people around the world who are starving and malnourished. I feel compelled to be more responsible in finishing the food we purchase and to buy only what we really need. Some of the simple steps I’ve taken to minimise wastage are as follow.
- Do a stock-take of the fridge and pantry before grocery shopping
- Jot down the items that need to be replenished
- Menu plan for the week
- Jot down the ingredients required to make the meals for the week
- Stick to the grocery list and do not buy anything that’s not in the list
- Finish leftovers asap, preferably by the next day to avoid having to throw the food if it goes bad
- Wash fruit like berries with water and some white vinegar to prolong their shelf life
- Wrap vegetables with tea towel so that the excess moisture is absorbed by the towel and the vegetables last longer
Let me know if there are other ways in which I can improve on my journey to zero-waste. Back to the muffins…
After I made Cookie a batch of banana oatmeal dog treats, I used the last over-riped banana to make chocolate banana oatmeal muffins for our breakfast the following morning. I tweak my muffin recipes quite frequently based on what I have in my pantry. Sometimes I add almond meal, oatmeal, or wholewheat flour to the dry ingredients mix. In terms of oils, sometimes it will be coconut oil, vegetable oil or melted butter. It depends on what I have. I rarely buy an ingredient to make a one-off bake. The ingredient will be left to waste so I prefer to use what I have on hand.
Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Muffins (make 6 muffins)
- 70g all-purpose flour
- 20g unsweetened cocoa
- 30g instant oats
- 50g brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 30ml coconut oil
- 50ml milk
- 1 over-riped banana, mashed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 175 degrees celcius.
- Line muffin tin with cupcake liners.
- Sift all-purpose flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a large bowl. Add oats into the mix, stir the mix and set aside.
- In a separate bowl, whisk egg and sugar together till light and fluffy.
- Add banana and continue whisking. Then add milk, vanilla and coconut oil, whisking lightly after each addition of ingredient.
- Make a well in the centre of the bowl of dry ingredients.
- Pour wet ingredients into the well and fold the ingredients together till well incorporated. Do not over-fold the batter.
- Spoon batter into cupcake liners till 2/3 full.
- Bake for 20 minutes or till skewer comes out clean.
- Allow muffins to cool and enjoy.
- Store extras in air-tight container. You can make extras and store in the freezer for subsequent days breakfast. Take them out to thaw and pop them in the oven to warm them up.