Recent studies conducted by Tetra Pak show we have the power to be happier and protect the earth’s resources by adopting simple, renewable lifestyle behaviors. In fact, by changing just one simple habit like how you get to work or making different choices at the grocery store, you can make a big impact on not only your life, but the world around you. Plus, it can result in some delicious and easy dinners like this one pot gluten-free Italian soup (recipe below)
At the grocery store if you can choose a product with renewable packaging, like selecting a product in a Tetra Pak cartoon, you can help protect our limited supply of natural resources. They are made from mostly paper which is a renewable resource and can easily be replenished.
While I feel I am pretty good about it, I accepted the challenge to make some small changes that would encourage me to take daily steps toward living a more conscious, renewable lifestyle.
- When grocery shopping, choose food and beverage products with renewable packaging, like cartons instead of cans. My usual grocery store doesn’t have this option for all products, but I’ve definitely noticed a shift and I hope it continues.
- Now that it’s warmer, I can take a shorter shower or turn the water down while washing to save water.
- There isn’t really an option to walk anywhere close to our house, but I’ve been parking further away at our YMCA and walking instead of driving around and around the parking lot to find a parking spot.
- We don’t use paper or disposable cups at home, but I’m making an effort to bring a cup to places that use disposables.
- I took the Tetra Pak Happiness Quiz. Potato chips are one of my guilty pleasures and I was surprised to see how much water was required to make them. Also, how much water is required for tea! My results were “Bountiful Bliss”, so I feel pretty good about that!
I would definitely recommend the challenge for you…at least to give it a try. I think the easiest one is to use less water during the shower and brushing your teeth and washing dishes. It can conserve so much water!
With my cartons, I made a slightly modified emeals Gluten-Free Italian soup.
It’s super easy, can be done in one pot and tastes delicious. Plus, we almost always have leftovers.
You need ground beef, diced tomatoes, zucchini, carrots, beef broth, gluten-free noodles and Italian seasoning. In about an hour, you have dinner!
One pot gluten-free Italian soup
- 1 lb ground beef
- 2 packages diced tomatoes
- 2 large cartons beef broth
- 4 carrots peeled and diced
- 2 zucchini diced
- gluten-free penne pasta
- 1 T Italian seasoning
- garlic powder
- Brown the ground beef with garlic powder
- Add in diced tomatoes, beef broth, carrots. zucchini, and 1T Italian seasoning.
- Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for at least 30 minutes.
- Add in 4-6oz of pasta.
- Allow to simmer until pasta is al dente.
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