It sometimes seems tough to make a tasty meal that has a low environmental impact. I try to make my cooking more sustainable by avoiding waste and getting the most bang out of my food purchases. Here’s how to make the most of a healthy green breakfast.
Wasting food costs extra money and increases your carbon footprint because that extra food had to be grown, processed, and transported to your supermarket and then hauled off to a landfill or incinerator.
Here are some of my favorite and delicious ways to use excess foods ingredients.
One of my favorite breakfasts requires 2 egg yolks and another 2 or 3 egg whites. However, I am left with 2-3 extra egg yolks.
So how do you make the most of breakfast with left over egg yolks ?
Rather than tossing them away, I’ll use them to cook dinner. Egg yolks are great as a binding ingredient.
I’ll often make stuffed pasta shells with equal parts cheese, spinach, a couple cloves of garlic, and some bread crumbs, and an egg yolk or two to keep the mix together. Or, sometimes I use the excess egg yolks to make homemade mayonnaise. The creamy result is worth the cooking time!
Additionally, it helps me reduce my food waste and minimizes my carbon footprint as my fresh homemade mayo does not have to be shipped across the world.
Check out this simple mayo recipe. It’s really good and requires and avoids a lot of manufacturing energy.
The natural companion to eggs is, of course, sizzling bacon. If you’ve ever cooked bacon, you know that several slices of bacon create a large amount of bacon grease.
We’ve all been told not to dispose of it in the sink because the grease will coat your pipes and cause clogs. Nonetheless, there is no need to bag it and throw it out either. Let the grease cool down in a small bowl, cover with a little plastic wrap and then save for later use.
So how do you make the most of breakfast with bacon grease?
You can substitute bacon grease for oil when coating a pan. You can also use the grease to fry up potatoes or potato pancakes, giving them that delicious kick that will turn them from good to extraordinary. Or, try using the grease to sauté onions. From personal experience, I know that the grease gives the onions a sweet, rich, and velvety flavor.
Also, if you save the grease along with leftover bacon bits, you can use them for gravy. Just add a cup or two of chicken or beef stock, a few tablespoons of flour to thicken the gravy, and a couple of teaspoons of garlic powder or chopped onion to produce homemade gravy that can compete with grandmas.
Eliminating food waste and finding innovative ways to repurpose food is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. You are saving extra packaging and trips to the store, as well as preventing waste from being transported to landfills. And, you have homemade gravy, sauces, mayo and more to show for your environmental endeavor.
Next time you have that hearty breakfast, save the bacon grease or egg yolks and experiment with some of these recipes.
You won’t be sorry.
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