Meat Free Monday Recipes

It can be difficult to know what to eat if you’re used to consuming meat frequently. We’ve got a couple of Meat Free Monday recipes that’ll stop you craving meat and you’ll want to eat everyday of the week!

Veggie Bolognese

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Ingredients: 

  • 150g pasta
  • 1tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • frozen veggie mince
  • 1 tin of tomatoes
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1tsp dried basil
  • 1tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • sprinkle of salt and pepper

Method:

  • Fry onions and garlic in oil add veggie mince
  • Add herbs and tomato puree
  • Once onions are caramelised, add tinned tomatoes.
  • Cook pasta, add bolognese, garnish with grated carrot.

Sweet Potato, Coconut & Spinach Curry

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Ingredients:

  • 1 red onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 tin of coconut milk
  • 1 tin of tomatoes
  • 2 tsp of tomato puree
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 2 tsp desiccated coconut
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1tsp paprika
  • 1tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp masala curry powder
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp corn flour
  • 80g rice of choice.

Method:

  • Fry onion and garlic in oil, add spices and tomato puree
  • Add coconut milk, tinned tomatoes, par-boiled sweet potato and spinach.
  • Let simmer, then add cornflour and nutritional yeast.
  • Cook rice with double the amount of water.
  • Top with desiccated coconut. Serve curry once as thick as desired.

If you try either of these recipes, share them on twitter and tag @sustainabledmu, we’d love to see them!

– Alexandra Kilcran, Green Behaviour Change Frontrunner

We Wish You a Sustainable Christmas and a Waste Free New Year! ♻️🎄

We Wish You a Sustainable Christmas and a Waste Free New Year! ♻️🎄

We know it can be easy to buy too much food, or waste a lot during Christmas, but by using LED lights, only buying food which you know you’ll eat and maybe a treat or two here and there, buying and using sustainable wrapping paper or just buying less overall, you can enjoy Christmas without it having a negative effect on the environment!

Here are some really useful websites with tips on how to have a more sustainable Christmas:

Friends of the Earth – 25 Eco-friendly Christmas Tips

The Guardian – 7 Tips for Smart Christmas Recycling

Recycle This – Recycling at Christmas

Recycle Now – Recycling at Christmas

The Huffington Post – Reducing Food Waste

Love Food Hate Waste – Money Saving Christmas

Leicester City Council – Christmas and New Year Recycling

Energy Saving LED Christmas Lights

The Guardian – Minimalist Christmas

One Green Planet – Upcycled Christmas Gifts

 

 

 

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone!! ♻️🎄

Food Waste Project around the Campus

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At De Montfort University up to 84% of the wasted material has recycled. Few weeks ago I met Nigel Ward, the Waste manager, which told me that his team would have soon introduced a new trial on a special recycling: food.

Currently, there is a food waste collection service in the kitchen of three trial buildings: Portland, John Whitehead and Trinity House. This means the team is able to recycle even more and process the food waste in a way good for the environment, by collecting and putting unused food in a facility off site.

The Staff of the trial buildings can put in the “Food Waste” Recycling caddies the leftovers of their lunch or snacks during working hours, such as all cooked and uncooked food, both fruit and vegetables, bread or pastries and even tea bags.

Of course, recycling food means that only food can be disposed in the provided caddies. Therefore, food container, empty packaging and plastic cutlery should be put in different recycling bins. For example, it is possible to recycle empty sandwich packets, cling film and plastic cutlery in the plastic bin with the green lid.

The recycling team will monitor the Food Waste caddies every day and when the caddies are full, the content will be taken outside in a bigger bin. The external 240L food waste container are collected fortnightly.

Recycling food is good not only to help the University reducing the overall amount of waste, but it also enhance its ethical standard, because food is a primary and vital resource for mankind.

 

Fedora Agosti (Green Behaviour Change Frontrunner)