December 5, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Danielle, Week 49


Location:, North Carolina, United States

Name: Danielle

Week: 49

Personal Info:

Collecting my plastic waste for 52 weeks. See my week 1 post for more info :)

Danielle’s personal blog:

Total items: 8

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
1 sour cream container (#5)

Items: Nonrecyclable
1 produce tie
1 inner seal (from sour cream)
3 caps/ring (from milk in glass jugs)
2 kids chopstick

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Chopsticks: We had these chopsticks/holders. My son was a little too rough on the black ones… and I tried to put the chopstick helper on our to-go ware for my youngest (after he broke the one set)… and the fit was too tight and it snapped. :(

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
This week, I really focused heavily on not using any convenience products. The cooler weather is helping me refocus my efforts in the kitchen. I’m using up my CSA box in creative and simple ways to help keep plastic out of my kitchen. This week was a great reminder to me how much I love the food I make when I can make it either plastic-free or with very minimal plastic.

To share, some things I made this week that were either 100% plastic-free or near plastic-free:

Vegetable fried rice
Mushroom Stroganoff
CSA vegetable soup
egg salad
…and more :)

This week was fun :)

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3 years 11 months ago

:) Ok… mushroom stroganoff was a morph of an old beef based recipe that I used to use… for the most part, I winged it.

For reference, this is the original recipe:

Veg stock (1/2c -1 c ?)
6 sprigs fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
Portobello Mushrooms (I used 5), cut in big chunks
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tablespoons cognac
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 pound cremini or button mushrooms, sliced
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons sour cream, plus more for garnish
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves, plus more for garnish (optional)
1-pound noodles


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3 years 11 months ago

Mushroom stroganoff recipe please.