I think the hardest part of going zero waste for me has been surrounding meal times. I find that so much of the stuff I need to make a meal come in some kind of plastic packaging because of what's available to me. It's a huge relief to me when I think of a great meal to make that I already know and love and is easily low-waste too. Last week I decided to make egg fried rice for dinner and it was easy, delicious, and could be done with zero waste as well.
I love fried rice as a go-to meal because you can make it with whatever you have on hand, plus it's really easy to make and change up too.
To make fried rice you want to use a large pan or wok and heat up some oil, then you want to put in your leftover rice (this is important: if you cook the rice fresh to use it will just turn out mushy so make sure it's been in the fridge for at least 30 minutes). After you fry the rice up for a minute or so, add in all the vegetables you want and cook for another few minutes. After that, add in a few eggs and cook for a few more minutes. Add in some soy sauce, salt, pepper, etc. and you're all set for a great meal!
For vegetables I like to add in roasted red peppers from a jar or you can use raw red peppers too, onions, carrots, spinach, broccoli and even pineapple! Trust me on the pineapple, it's amazing. We didn't necessarily add everything on the same night either. One night we did the peppers, onions, carrots and frozen peas. The next night we did peppers, onions, pineapple and broccoli! The frozen peas did come in a plastic bag but you don't need to buy them if you prefer, everything else we got in glass, aluminum, or package free.
What are your favorite zero-waste meals? Let me know in the comments below!
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