April is Earth Month! We're here to help you save the earth and your wallet with tips on how to waste less food and eat more sustainably.
Approximately 40% of all food produced and transported in the US ends up as food waste. This is a drain on our resources, wallets, and communities. In addition, American households throw 31% of the food we buy before we actually use it. The result is a drain on our wallets and more greenhouse gases being put into the environment.
The good news is that eating more sustainably isn't all that hard. Here are four simple steps you can take to limit food waste, and its impact on the environment.
Eat it all! Repurpose leftovers into salads, soups, or grain bowls. Many of our Daily Feast recipes utilize the same condiments or ingredients in more than one recipe. Our Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Delicata Sandwich uses leftovers from several other recipes into one delicious sandwich.
Shop farmers markets or look for local ingredients. When possible look for ingredients that are grown within 150 miles from your home, and avoid any food that has been flown to market. This helps to limit the amount of energy used to bring food to market. Eating local and seasonally is the easiest way to accomplish this goal. As we head into spring and summer and berries are in season try our Strawberry Buffala Caprese. If you can’t find a local buffala Mozzerella any soft fresh cheese, or goats cheese will work.
Buy seafood approved on the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch. By choosing fish on the seafood watch list you’re assured that you’re buying the best seafood helping to minimize the damage to our oceans. Daily Feast has worked with Wild Planet Foods, a sustainably sourced seafood company. Our Kale and Romaine Tuna Caessr with Spicy Cashew Croutons is a delicious way to enjoy tuna.
When possible buy organic, pastured and or grass fed produce and proteins. If those options aren’t available, look for locally produced foods.
For a deep dive into how to shop for and preserve food check out the David Suzuki Foundation.