March Groceries

There’s a small country market approximately 20 minutes from my house, and it’s the closest place I can buy yogurt and half & half in returnable glass. It also happens to have an impressive produce selection. I stocked up on fruit & veg, and also purchased a beautiful jar.

They also have many choices of dried chiles, beans, lentils, grains, and flours. Unfortunately, those are not available in bulk, but I try to talk to them about the possibility of it in the future without coming across as negative.

This was the first time in a year and a half of no waste grocery shopping that someone has said anything to me. A woman in the parking lot asked if I was doing no waste and I was so shocked and excited I didn’t hold the conversation very well. Maybe next time!

I live in Idaho, and not even in the capitol, so it is surprising in a smaller conservative town when one meets like-minded individuals.

Isn’t the jar stunning? It will fit in perfectly with all my other vintage jars. (Almost a candidate for the show Hoarders.)

Peace and love,

Kristan

Quick Roasted Pepper Pasta Sauce

This dinner came together with minimal effort and minimal time.

Mini bell peppers were left from the student snack (go figure, Kindergarteners don’t devour sweet peppers) so I took the remainder home and promptly forgot about them.

Fortunately, they mostly kept their freshness, and I decided to turn them into a pasta sauce.

I roasted as many as were still good, probably about 3 cups before roasting, at 400F until soft and browned; perhaps 45 minutes.

Then I whirred them in a chopper until creamy. Next, I added some nut milk, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, nutritional yeast, salt, and onion powder until the consistency seemed good and the flavor had some depth to it.

Then I cooked the pasta, drained it, and while it was still warm, added the sauce and mixed it all in.

See? Super lazy and fast.

I did add a couple of fried eggs and harissa on top once served. This is easily vegan if you leave off eggs.

Low waste meal preparation needn’t be complicated. 🙂

Peace and love,

Kristan

Curry Lentil Cabbage & Potato Stew

A soup born out of the desire to never leave my house to face the horrors of a grocery store. What could I make with the contents in my kitchen?

A delightful stew that fits perfectly with a St. Patrick’s Day themed meal!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbs olive oil or butter
  • 1 sweet or yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups green lentils or split peas, rinsed
  • 3 cups potatoes, cubed
  • A few cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbs curry powder
  • 4 cups or more vegetable stock, or water and bouillon
  • A head of green cabbage, sliced
  • Salt & Pepper

Heat fat in a soup pot and stir in onion slices. Sprinkle with some salt, and let them brown and get soft. Add in garlic. Sprinkle in curry powder. Add potatoes and coat, then add lentils. Cook for a minute, then pour in stock.

Simmer until potatoes are quite soft and lentils are falling apart, approximately 40-50 minutes. Then turn off heat and add cabbage to the pot and stir. Season with salt and pepper and enjoy with some soda bread or my favorite, sourdough bread.

I’m beginning to fall in love with cabbage, of all things. It’s been under appreciated and under utilized in my kitchen for sure.

Perhaps I’m finally accepting my Irish heritage and nourishing my body the way it desires to be nourished: with potatoes and cabbage! 😉

Peace and love,

Kristan