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Zero Waste in the South Island Part One: The 6 Day Tramp

Hello all! You may have noticed I have been majorly absent from my blog since the launch of the Community Fridge. I have been keeping busy with the community fridge, answering inquiries, working, the usual life stuff, and trying to throw in a good work/life balance by taking lots of mini holidays. So far this year I have been camping in the far North (Tapotupotu near Cape Reinga), WWOOFing in Raglan, tramping and road tripping the South Island, volunteering at WOMAD (New Plymouth) and WWOOFing on Waiheke Island. I have a few more breaks booked in, including a yoga retreat this weekend and a trip to Australia to visit my family. If you want to follow along with my adventures, I tend to keep my Instagram fairly up to date.
Earlier this year I went to the South Island for a wee tramping/exploring holiday with my friends. I haven’t done many multi-day hikes since starting my waste free journey, only over night hikes, so this provided a new challenge for me.Myself, the BF and two close frie…

Last Week's Waste Free Meals

I am often asked what I eat as I don't eat meat and I don't purchase anything that comes in plastic. I am finally going to answer that with a better answer than "I dunno, beans and veges and stuff." Here is a look at what I ate last week. 
DISCLAIMER: I am not the healthiest person in the world and I am not a chef! 

Breakfast
  1. Toast: I buy bread from the bakery/bakery section of the supermarket in a bag I take with me. Condiments: honey from the bulk bins or farmer's market, peanut butter from the machine at Bin Inn, Marmalade (made by my flatmates or my Nana) or homemade yogurt cheese
Or:
  1. Weetbix: I buy my weetbix plastic & package free from Bin Inn, I usually use an old extra-large Ziploc bag as this is by weight and Weetbix can be a bit messy for mesh bags, also I purchase a decent amount. I usually soak my Weetbix in hot water and any leftover milk (not used for yogurt/cheese making) with yogurt, honey and chia seeds on top. 
Lunch 
Lunch is usually leftovers from the night before, occasionally I will buy my lunch at work where I am fortunate enough to have plastic free and vegetarian options available at the staff cafe. If I buy a salad I take a small scout bowl with a lid which lives in my desk drawer, alongside silverware. 

Dinner:
  1. Pizza: Made by The Boyfriend, he made the base using whey from our cheese making. Toppings included leftovers, mushrooms, red onion, spring onions, homemade ricotta and anything else that needed to be eaten. I ate the pizza before a photo (whoops) so have included a photo of another homemade pizza, this one had nut cheese, eggplant and avocado. 
  2.  Stir Fry: A very last minute, not planned ahead meal that involved throwing things into a wok and cooking rice. It was surprisingly tasty (pictured below).
  3. Burgers: The Boyfriend made this one again, he was very experimental with the patties which were made with polenta. The burger buns were from the supermarket bakery. No photo for this one as I was very hungry.
  4. Soup: Red lentils, carrots, cashews & peanuts, veggie scrap stock and leftover whey. Served with bread. The drink is a beer/kombucha mix. 
  5. Burger leftovers: I was on my own on Friday so just had leftovers from the burgers with some haloumi which we buy homemade through our flatmate. Yet again no photo as I was hungry…
  6. Takeaway Pizza: Saturday was our cheat day, we bought Domino’s pizza and composted the pizza boxes.
  7. Experimental Vegan Night: Chickpea chips (didn’t quite work out), mushroom “steak” and steamed puha which was growing around our citrus trees.
Snacks:
  • Nuts & raisins
  • Fruit/veges
  • Chocolate
  • Kombucha
  • Homemade baking, usually muffins or biscuits
  • Eggs
Well there you have it, that was my week in meals last week. I still need to work on thinking ahead and pre-soaking beans and legumes, and we still have takeaway food/eat out every so often. Now what to have for dinner tonight...

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