One of the things that I felt would help me on the way to a Plastic-Reduced kitchen was Beeswax Wraps!
These handy sheets and bags were made with an old, clean duvet and napkins that were destined for goodwill, a block of Beeswax from our Health Food Store, my handy dandy sewing machine and some string from Dollarama. Thankfully my Mom was around while I sewed the bags and she grated up all the beeswax for me (thanks Mom!)
First Step was to create the bags...I used no pattern and just eye-balled the size and shape (which is why this rectangle is not perfect - I am a 1 hr-project girl after all!), creating a 1/2 inch hem at the top for the drawstring.
Next I used aluminum foil to line my oven rack and cut to size a piece of parchment paper to go inside the bag to keep the two layers separate. This way I could do 1 side at a time without them fusing together 🙂
Oven preheated to 200F, it only took a few minutes to melt into the cloth...keep an eye on it! When it looks all melted, pull it out of the oven and let it cool ~ I like to pick it up and wave it around 😉 Once it is cool, it is ready to use!
They aren't perfect or overall as pretty as I would like...but that's what trying something new is all about! Next time, I want to choose some fabric that is more colourful and create some sandwich/snack bags for school lunches ~ when I have done them, I'll post some pictures!I find that they keep my vegetables fresh for waaay longer than plastic bags!
Here's an example of mushrooms that I bought in a plastic container, removed the plastic and replaced it with a Beeswax Napkin:
TWO weeks later....
a little bit brown but Still Edible! That's a WIN!
In the opening words of "I Will Never, Not Ever Eat a Tomato" by Lauren Child: 'I have this little sister, Lola. She is small and very funny.'....well, I have this little sister, Lisa, who is petite and very funny too and is also what I consider a 'fussy eater'. However, what she likes, she loves and enjoys with gusto!
So when she asked me to create a 1-Ninja cup smoothie that she will love...I was excited and up for the challenge! Although I will give myself the push to drink a smoothie that is super healthful but maybe not-quite-so-awesome tasting, I know that if Lisa doesn't care for it - it's not going to happen! And it needed a great name...
Sexy Mama 1-on-1 Smoothie
1/4c Fruit Plus Veggie Juice(until you no longer crave it extra sweet), 1tsp green powder, 1tsp chia seeds, 1tsp hemp seeds, 1/2 a small banana, 1/2 an avocado, 1tbsp spinach(frozen), 1 tbsp kale(frozen), 1/2c blueberries, 1/2c mangoes, 1/2c. pineapple.
Fill smoothie cup to maximum level with water, screw on lid. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!
All my fruit and veggies were frozen but if yours are thawed, add ice cubes! Adjust the fruit measurements if you prefer a more pineapple-y flavour or blueberry flavour. Just keep the ratio of 1 part veggies to 2 parts fruit for Tastiness. Tip: Add the juice or a bit of water before adding the powders and seeds so they don't stick to the bottom.
Spirulina, Gelatanized Maca Root and Moringa Leaf - I use equal parts and blend together and store in my pantry in an air-tight container. Super easy!