Sustainability with kids: How to turn “ugly” food waste into dishes with great taste!

#ARECIPEFORCHANGE
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This March, Temasek will shine a spotlight on sustainable food with #ARecipeForChange: A month-long campaign highlighting how our food choices impact the environment. Presented by Temasek’s Ecosperity platform, the campaign will focus on three key themes – Avoid food waste, Buy local produce and Choose alternative proteins – with the aim of building a more sustainable world through advocacy on food sustainability and local food resilience.

Chew on this: Fruit and vegetables top the list of food waste generated in Singapore, which has increased by about 20 per cent over the last decade alone! In fact, the “ugly” fruit and vegetables left unsold at supermarkets are contributing to this amount, as these unwanted blemished and bruised items often get discarded.

This March holidays, grab your kids for a fun activity that teaches them the importance of food sustainability in the comfort of your own homes. Find the beauty in imperfect food through hands-on workshops hosted by Yeo Pei Shan, co-founder of UglyFood, as part of Ecosperity’s #ARecipeForChange campaign.

From “ugly” veggie pizzas to traditional dumplings stuffed with imperfect produce, the whole family can learn a new recipe or two while picking up tips to avoid food waste. All it takes is a dash of creativity, a pinch of resourcefulness, and a whole lot of fun!

  1. Make your own “ugly” veggie pizza
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Happiness is a slice of wholesome pizza! Sign the family up for a live, interactive step-by-step food demo led by UglyFood co-founder Yeo Pei Shan and learn how to make your very own pizza, using any ugly (but still delicious!) fruits, vegetables and mushrooms you have at home. This hands-on activity will allow your kid’s imagination to run wild with the endless combinations of ingredients and pizza toppings to play with.

Workshop: Don’t Leave Ugly Veggies… Be a Piz-za their Hearts!

Date: Monday, 15 March 2021

Time: 11:00am to 12:00pm

Format: Zoom* and Facebook Live (via Ecosperity and Foodconvert)

*Registration required

  • Turn your imperfect produce into perfect dumplings 
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Master the art of dumpling folding together with your children in this interactive food demo. Try your hand at transforming blemished ingredients into tasty dumplings, as UglyFood shows you how to upcycle “ugly” vegetable produce and leftover juice pulp to create delicious dumpling fillings.

Bonus: Listen out for handy tips on how to make food last longer and reduce food waste!

Workshop: Don’t Dump Ugly Veggies… There’s Dumpling You Should Know!

Date: Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Time: 11:00am to 12:00pm

Format: Zoom* and Facebook Live (via Ecosperity and Foodconvert)

*Registration required

  • Bake a pastry with your blemished produce

Unleash your baking talents with your children in this food demo session! Join UglyFood as they turn bruised fruits and vegetables into a stunning pastry and dip combination – a simple and sustainable snack perfect for those mid-day munchies.

While you’re baking, pick up tips on how to make sure these “ugly” food items are safe to eat, and learn how you can extend the shelf life of your food to not only save money but reduce your food waste.

Workshop: Don’t Toss Your Ugly Produce… Bake Them and Dip Them!

Date: Sunday, 21 March 2021

Time: 11:00am to 12:00pm

Format: Zoom* and Facebook Live (via Ecosperity and Foodconvert)

*Registration required

All workshops are free and organised by #ARecipeForChange, a campaign on food sustainability by Temasek’s Ecosperity platform. Visit www.ecosperity.sg/arecipeforchange to register and browse other interactive programmes and activities for the family to learn about sustainable food!

In addition from 1 to 31 March, members of the public can look forward to a range of activities and programmes designed to get consumers in Singapore to be more aware of and actively reduce the environmental impact of their food consumption habits. These include:

  • An Instagram video competition, which will be held to encourage people to explore ways to incorporate more environmentally friendly ingredients in their cooking;
  • Over 30 F&B partner restaurants across more than 100 participating outlets serving up specially curated dishes with a sustainable twist;
  • Virtual activities including live cooking demonstrationshands-on workshops and interactive webinars, which will take place during #ARecipeForChange’s main week of activities from 13 to 21 March (in conjunction with the school holidays).

Find out more at Ecosperity’s #ARecipeForChange

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