This week, we thought we would focus on easing you into the warmer Spring / Summer months by telling you more about how to continue to reduce your food waste and access health food on the go with our app, Too Tasty To Throw.
|Too Tasty To Throw is an online platform to tackle food waste and cut family grocery bills by providing access to unsold food from local cafes and restaurants at discounted prices. The app allows food outlets to add surplus produce to the “Too Tasty” menu board, including a photo, and informs users of their nearest food outlet using GPS functionality on their phones. Users choose and purchase their food items via the app and then collect their order from the food outlet within an agreed time period, by presenting an electronic receipt.
More than 100 Sydney food outlets, with a focus on the Northern Beaches, and including About Life, have already signed up and are selling their surplus produce via the app to families with young children, cost-conscious students, backpackers and time-poor workers.
Australians waste 4 million tonnes of food per year, which is costing the economy $20 billion annually. As well as the obvious financial costs, disposing of this mountain of food waste is producing greenhouse emissions and contributing to climate change. Free to download and easy to use, this app provides one way to help address these issues. It’s a win for local cafes and restaurants by increasing their takings, a win for the customer by saving them money and a win for the environment by reducing our carbon footprint.
Too Tasty To Throw launched in Sydney, with plans for a nationwide roll out. You can download the app here to start using straight away: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/too-tasty-to-throw/id1251419130?ls=1&mt=8, and find more information on the website tootastytothrow.com.
Richard and Megan Rohleder are the co-founders of Too Tasty To Throw, which was started after identifying the need for food and drink outlets to increase their revenue, whilst at the same time reducing waste and helping the environment.
Megan came up with the idea for Too Tasty To Throw after working in a bakery in the UK which chucked away mountains of unsold food. The mum of two year old triplets spends day trips in Manly & struggles to find healthy food which is affordable – so she decided to spring into action with the app. The app is the latest initiative to try and tackle food waste in Australia.
So now you know how to download and use the app, what recipes would be useful this week? Well, a lot of people have been using the app to find healthy sides to go with their meat / fish in the evening. With that in mind, we thought we would share our favourite meat and fish marinade below, to make sure that when you buy those salads / pasta / other great tasting healthy food through the app, you have something great tasting and healthy with which to pair them.
Garlic, ginger and tamari infused chicken
12 chicken thighs, skinless and boneless
2 tbsp coconut oil (at room temperature)
1/2 cup tamari
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
4 tbsp of honey
4 garlic cloves
1 tbsp fresh ginger
2 tbsp sesame seeds
1 spring onion
Mix all the ingredients except the sesame seeds and spring onion in a bowl. Add pepper to taste. Ideally leave to marinate for a few hours, but otherwise it is fine to cook straight away. Cook chicken by grilling for 4-5 minutes per side. Add remaining marinade to saucepan to reduce and glaze the chicken thighs. Continue to cook the chicken until cooked through (10 minutes or so). Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and spring onion and serve with a delicious salad or other side from the Too Tasty App.
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