According to the FAO, one-third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted. As much as 1/3 of food is wasted across the world and globally, four billion tonnes of food is leftover and discarded every year.
To highlight the issue of food waste, I joined the United Nations World Food Program to create a simple recipe to prevent food waste with one of my current favourite ingredients: the beautifully versatile cauliflower.
Baked Cauliflower Pasta Sauce
- 1 whole cauliflower with leaves still attached
- 1 1/2 cups of tomatoes
- 1 head of garlic
- any leftover veggies you might have in your fridge
- 1 lemon
- 2 tbsps of olive oil
- Seasoning: paprika powder, black pepper, salt, turmeric
- Add all the vegetables to a baking tray.
- Sprinkle seasoning on the veggies ( I like to use 1 or 2 piches of everything), add the olive oil and toss until distributed evenly.
- Bake in the oven at 200°C for 30 minutes.
- Simply pour over whole wheat or brown rice pasta and add a bit of fresh lemon juice.
How I avoid food waste in my everyday life
Adapting a Zero Waste is my way to avoid food waste. Trying to shop at the farmers market once a week, I only buy the fresh produce that I need throughout the week. Having created a habit of weekly shopping, I know how much of what I need, I avoid impulse buys and have a rough idea about what dishes I am going to be making througout the week.
Additionally, I really like the app No Waste App, which set out to combat food waste by making it as simple as possible to make a shopping list that keeps track of your foods expiration dates.
Food waste is a moral, ethical, financial and environmental issue. Every Recipe for Disaster is a meal that prevents food waste.
If you want to be part of this global campaign, let me know what foods you are saving and preventing from becoming food waste by tagging me on Instagram @thewastedblog using the Hashtag #RecipeForDisaster
ABOUT THE UNITED NATIONS WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME (WFP)
WFP works in the poorest, most war-torn countries in the world with the people most marginalized and left furthest behind. Assisting 80 million people in around 80 countries each year, WFP is the leading humanitarian organization fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.
The United Nations World Food Programme is there for those left behind, saving lives in conflicts and disasters and changing lives for the better by empowering millions to get the food they need to build a brighter future.
All pictures in this post were taken by the talented Shereen Zangana.