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« on: February 02, 2011 05:23:53 PM »

Its me.
Yeah. Me.
*caution to the next sentences*
In an effort to become plastic-free in all we do, I have discovered that a person cannot buy meat that is free of either plastic or styrofoam - shudder.  I have also discovered that there is not a butcher nearby who could give us meat without plastic.
*caution ended*
SO .... Major lifestyle decision; for the sake of everything.
I used to be a vegetarian (til I got pregnant with my 7year old and craved and caved) for around ten years.
Can someone reccommend like three breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks that are *both* vegetarian *and* plastic free? 
Even crackers come in plastic packets inside the box and wow, making home-made crackers is just beyond my time-limits.
Even cereal and oatmeal come in plastic; even from bulk. (flour and salt don't though - yay salt!)
omg, there's gotta be *something* out there that doesn't come from my own garden that hasn't been wrapped or packed in plastic that we can use as we transition?  Short of the fruit/veg themselves?  Isn't there?

« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2011 03:12:35 PM »

For breakfasts, have you thought about making bagels or breads? You would have to get yeast, which can be bought in bulk. Spread with some homemade peanut butter and jam. You can change up your mix ins to keep it interesting. Also, as far as the bulk bins go... I'm not sure what you mean by they still have plastic? You can buy or make some reusable bulk bin bags out of cloth.

Lunches might be more difficult. Again you can make bread for sammies. I love avocado sandwiches. Salads are easy, just mix up greens and beans with some fruit on the side.

Again, if you can find a way to make bulk bins accessible to you then dinners will be a million times more easy. Beans can be your best friend. Beans and grains and vegetables. You can make your own flour tortillas easily for burritos or wraps. If you can get your hands on some wheat gluten then you can make seitan for added protein.

For snacks, bulk bins again will help so you can get some trail mix or make some fruit leather.

Good luck!  Smiley
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2011 04:42:16 PM »

re: the bulk thing.
The bins in my bulk store are about 2.5 inches deep.  Lined with plastic.  I watched them refill the bins once.  The refill them from these teensy little gallon sized boxes .. and inside the bx, a plastic bag of little plastic packets.  Talk about an eye opener/heart breaker.  I was quite disillusioned by bulk.  Very.

« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2011 06:37:22 PM »

Ugh, that's really unfortunate. Some of McCanns brand oatmeal comes in a tin. Are you trying to avoid metal wastes as well? Maybe you can order online? Though I'm not sure the transportation "cost" would be worth it. Sorry I can't be of more help!
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« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2011 06:42:44 PM »

Yikes.  I want to be supportive but I can't think of a thing. 

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« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2011 10:44:41 AM »

Well going through my own cupboards, I found lipton noodles and rices, they both come in a paper package, and other pastas like mac and cheese and such are the same way.  Salsas and such in glass containers, and I know that some chip brands have compostable packaging.  Oatmeal, grits, malt-o-meal, lipton and other soup mixes in paper packaging, pancake mix, eggs.....  You might need to just go to the store and shop first then plan meals later with what you find.

« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2011 03:33:48 AM »

My local co-op (at a university, mind you) sells bulk you can scoop into your own container. I sounds so silly to be filling bulk bins from little packets!

Farmers markets might work out, but I don't know if that's an option for you.

As for actual products, a lot come in cardboard boxes in Australia, but I don't know where you are so that isn't very helpful.

Bread from actual bakers (take a calico bag). Spices and other things from importers/asian grocers which sell in bulk? We have importers who have HUGE amounts of stuff but I imagine it goes in plastic at some stage.
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