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October 11 - October 25, 2017
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El Bee

Rob Greenfield Team

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 464 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    22
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    140
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    140
    minutes
    spent outdoors

El's Actions

Water

Install a Toilet Tank Bank

I will reduce the amount of water flushed and save up to 11 gallons (41 L) of water per day by installing a toilet tank bank.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants

I will prevent water runoff and increase absorbency.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Switch to Cold Water

I will switch to washing my clothes in cold water, saving up to 1,600 lbs of C02 over the course of the next year.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Carry my Trash

I will carry all of my unrecyclable, non-compostable trash with me to raise my awareness of how much I send to the landfill.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a 20-minute walk outside each day.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Cook New Recipes

I will cook a new recipe every day that features organic and/or local ingredients.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Watch a Documentary

I will watch a documentary film about food with family and friends and talk about what we learned.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

Try a New Way to Prep

I will try a new method of food preparation, such as canning, pickling, or baking bread.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Nature

Explore My Area

I will explore at least one new hiking trail or nature walk in my area.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Feed


  • El Bee's avatar
    El Bee 10/24/2017 8:29 PM
    Walked up to the local organic community garden and saved some veggies from the projected freezing temps. Made a delicious fresh salad with a Green Goddess recipe from Isa Chandra Moskowitz Appetite for Reduction.

    I have loved cooking from recipes these past two weeks, and I very much so feel that I will continue doing so. I have only gone grocery shopping once for some supplemental items since I went the first time to buy all of my ingredients. It saves money, time, is creative, diverse, and very fulfilling to cook such decadent meals every night.

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    El Bee 10/23/2017 8:58 PM
    Today I made a cheesy potato casserole and a bread pudding using ingredients I rescued from a dumpster (potatoes, onions, and bagels). As always, vegan friendly. :)
    I also put a brick in my  let tank to save on water and dock off a one-time challenge. 

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    El Bee 10/22/2017 8:28 PM
    Over the last couple of days, I have made lemon maple glazed scones with clotted cream and the most delicious broccoli dal. One obviously healthier than the other... but my heavens are these both to die for. Vegan as always! 
    I have also completed a one-time challenge of mulching around trees to reduce water run off. I planted an apple and a pear, and created the start of guilds around them by also planting comfrey (a nitrogen fixer/dynamic accumulator) and other herbs/beneficial plants. Then I mulched all around them! This is just the beginning of a larger vision I have. :) 

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      El Bee 10/22/2017 8:46 PM
      Hey Cris, I found both recipes in the Vegan Yum Yum cookbook!

      I hope you get the notification that I have responded to your comment, but I will Facebook message you to be sure. 

    • Cris Fellows's avatar
      Cris Fellows 10/22/2017 8:43 PM
      Recipes please!?!

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    El Bee 10/19/2017 8:41 PM
    No waste today! 

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    El Bee 10/18/2017 7:56 PM
    Experimented with a tofu glaze. The recipe called for a marmalade glaze, but I didn't have marmalade so I combined a plum butter and a fig jam with tamari and spices to make a glaze for mouth watering baked tofu. 
    It's been over a week and all of my waste fits inside of a 16 oz jar with plenty of room, so I am feeling proud. I hope to still reduce the amount I waste to eventually only have a jar full of waste per year. 

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      Dezi DeSiervi 10/19/2017 1:51 AM
      The glaze sounds wonderful. I'll have to try it. Recently I started baking my own bulk tofu, but with a pretty standard Asian glaze of Tamari, garlic, ginger, a bit of hot pepper and whatever else moves me. And wow, your waste reduction is very impressive! Good for you, and the earth. :)

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    El Bee 10/16/2017 7:42 PM
    Went to my sister's who made vegan enchiladas so I showed up with a Mexican flavored coleslaw. Cilantro cumin onion garlic and lime went into the red wine vinegar dressing. 
    After dinner I had asked if she had the fruit popsicles I really liked from last time, and her boyfriend returned with one for me... Only for me to realize it came in the plastic wrapper. I wish I had said "nevermind, I don't want to create the waste," and I thought about it, but alas, I have added a plastic wrapper to my waste jar. 

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    El Bee 10/14/2017 7:35 PM
    It was a long day and I didn't feel like cooking something elaborate from a recipe, so I whipped up a smoothie I've never tried before: carrots, apples, vanilla almond milk, and cinnamon! It was so sweet and flavorful. A little grainy, but I didn't mind. I ate the final muffin today, therefore only creating the waste of one muffin tin. 

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      El Bee 10/15/2017 8:24 AM
      Sounds great! The cinnamon really made it palatable so I wouldn't leave that out. :) 

    • Cris Fellows's avatar
      Cris Fellows 10/15/2017 8:09 AM
      I'm gonna try your smoothy recipe!  Except breakfast has been my go to sans processed food meal, so I will use homemade hemp milk and vanilla bean.

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    El Bee 10/13/2017 8:08 PM
    My cherry tomato muffins from yesterday made a great snack at work today. :) Again, that meant two muffin tins to add to my waste. I also accumulated some packing tape from a box that was delivered to me, and Band-Aid wrappers.
    On every walk I have taken so far, I have picked up every piece of trash I see.

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      El Bee 10/13/2017 8:25 PM
      Heck yeah! Glad to help inspire. It's a really good habit to get into. I can't help but do it honestly. So much so that I have been known to bring a bag with me on hikes because I can't carry it all. Normally I only find a couple of pieces that can fit in my pockets on my nightly   though. 

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      Alison Hopper 10/13/2017 8:17 PM
      Wow! Picking up every piece of trash is dedication! Nice going! I think I might do the same! Even though it may not be part of the challenge, I want to do my part! Thanks and keep that motivation going! ^^

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    El Bee 10/12/2017 7:10 PM
    Today's recipe was Cherry Tomato Muffins featuring freshly picked cherry tomatoes from an organic, backyard garden. About 95% of the other ingredients were store bought-organic and always vegan. They turned out really savory and hearty. I will definitely be enjoying these as the perfect breakfast muffin. They were a little gooey on the inside and I suspect that is from too much tomato juice that I did not drain.
    The unfortunate part is that I was not very mindful and used twelve muffin tins to bake them in. Since I am holding onto all of the waste I create, I am more aware and see how wasteful that is. I have two more muffin recipes planned, and I will not use muffin tins for those recipes. Today would have been a zero-waste day had I not eaten two muffins.

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    El Bee 10/11/2017 8:32 PM
    Today was a great start! I went grocery shopping for all of my recipes, stuck to my list, and shopped at a local Indian grocer for the first time where I bought garam masala, cardamom seeds, and tamarind paste. We also dumpster dove about ten pounds of bagels :) Always nice to offset grocery prices.
    Once home, I prepared my new recipe: Ricotta Tofu! Found in Isa Chandra Moskowitz's Vegan With A Vengence cookbook, this recipe seemed really simple with few ingredients. I boiled organic wheat pasta and started to make a quick sauce before I moved onto the tofu ricotta. In the tomato sauce, I used fresh, backyard-grown, organic tomatoes and basil. I also used the fresh basil in the ricotta, and the tofu I used was made locally in Cleveland. This meal was phenomenal, and SO SIMPLE. I am convinced tofu should be used for nothing else than to mock ricotta cheese, because the texture is identical. 
    After dinner, my love and I went on a walk around my small town. I contemplated the importance of setting goals, and we discussed our current and future lives. 
    The only non-compostable, non-recyclable trash I generated today was the little plastic piece to hold tags onto clothes (bought myself winter boots from a thrift-store!) and the ever-irritating plastic film that comes on pasta boxes. 
    I am really excited to continue with this "challenge."