DIY Recipes to get your favorite sweet treat: plastic free, wheat free, gluten free, palm oil free or vegan.
If I think back to the days where I bought my snacks in the store.... I bought them regularly because it has been so easy. Then one day I read about the problems the palm oil industry is forcing (deforestation, forest fires, orang utans loosing their home, dying, etc.) and I started to look at the ingredients lists and saw: palm oil everywhere. And when I started to eat less wheat, I saw: wheat everywhere, and when I started to quit plastic, yeah no single chance to buy sweet treats in the store anymore :D
Homemade (low carb) Tortillas and Tortilla Chips
Some things are just impossible to buy plastic free in the shops. I couldn't find any plastic free wraps or tortilla chips anywhere.
Unless you live close to a Mexican restaurant that likes to sell you some of their homemade tortilla wraps or tortilla chips in your own container, it is impossible to get them plastic free.
So I googled and tried out a few recipes, got a few tips in Instagram and now I just make them myself.
Yes I know it is a little but more work than just throwing them into the shopping basket but it is really worth it!
Plastic Free, Vegan Ice Cream
You scream and I scream and we all scream for ice cream :D This scene from the movie "down by law" from Jim Jarmusch is one of my favorite. And ice cream is one of my favorite sweet treat too.
But most of the ice cream comes in plastic container, in paper container with plastic lining, in plastic wrapper.
So I either opt for an ice cream shop where they sell waffle cones :) Or I make my own ice cream. Because besides the packaging, the ingredients are mostly not healthy either. A lot of sugar, color, and stuff I don't even know what it actually is.
Plastic Free, Vegan, gluten free Corn flour Banana Pancakes
While traveling to new places you sometimes realize they don't have your favorite breakfast ingredients without plastic packaging, so what I do? I look around, find alternatives and create something new :D In Mexico I couldn't find oats without plastic. This made me find corn flour and I create corn flour banana pancakes and savory flat bread.
Zero Waste Vegan Burger with Mushrooms and Lentils
I am mostly cooking spontaneous and without a lot of fancy ingredients. Like these Vegan Mushroom Lentil Burger Patties. I don't weigh ingredients, I mostly measure by eye, hand or glasses/cups. If you feel the patty dough is a little too wet or won't stick together, feel free to use a little extra flour or flax or oats , if you are a vegetarian, you can even use an organic egg.
I bought all of the ingredients Zero Waste: lentils, beans, oats and seasoning from bulk, veggies unwrapped and with mesh produce bags, the bread rolls with my own bag for bread.
Home made potato chips
You love chips/crisps?
But you are on a diet?
Or trying to live plastic free?
You can still eat chips, but home made. Its so yummy, and easy.
You just need
450g potatoes (bought in a reusable net or paper bag)
1 tbs olive oil
salt and pepper
chili flakes (or other dried herbs)
Wash the raw potatoes and slice them really thin with a veggie slicer (you can also make sweet potato, or root beet, carrot chips, but they might get a bit softer than potato chips).
In a bowl mix the slices with some olive oil and salt, herbs or chili flakes.
Heat the oven to 170degrees Celcius and layer the slices on a tray with baking paper or on a slightly oiled baking tray. Make sure that the chips are not laying on top of each other.
Bake them for about 30 minutes. Check a few times before if you might need to flip them, or with some old oven you might need to switch the tray because it might be hotter in the back of the oven.
Make sure they don´t get too dark or burnt.
Let them cool down a bit and enjoy.
(Make sure to eat them the day you make them. Fresh is best and crunchy. They might get softer the next day.)
Happy snacking, if you make some feel free to share and tag #thehappychoices
Basic Bread Recipe
If you live somewhere where you can't find affordable bread without a plastic bag, try to make your own. It is not that hard, and you can spice it up with your favorite herbs if you want to.
Easy homemade breakfast to go
On days where you don´t have enough time to have breakfast at home, its tricky not to fall back into the old plastic habit.
But its easy and quick to make a sandwich, Joghurt, or coffee to go or get an unwrapped muffin at the coffee shop.
But you mostly just need a few minutes to prepare your own breakfast, some of them you can even prepare the night before.
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