Thursday, October 21, 2010

Turkey Italian Spaghetti and composting tips

Italian Turkey Sausage Spaghetti

One package sweet lean Italian turkey sausage
One package angel hair pasta
One can of spaghetti sauce (my favorite is the four cheese but garlic is great as well!) Wheat or veggie is nice.

See how simple? Of course you do! Almost everyone I know can cook this meal without a recipe, what is great about it is how versatile it is. You can make it healthy by getting wheat or veggie noodles instead of the normal gluten loaded white. I also opted for a healthier sausage and was not disappointed by the taste or texture. It was even a easy win with the kids!

Cook all ingredients according to packaging

This is perfectly acceptable for the mid cooking stage - even if the sausage doesn't look as great as the normal high calorie cheese filled red meat varieties - never fear it looks great when its done!

Now on to composting tips and how to reduce waste in the kitchen.

Tips to reduce waste.
How to make your own compost bin - I am keeping this on file for next summer!

Things to compost:

  • Animal ( cow or horse) manure
  • Cardboard rolls
  • Clean paper
  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Cotton rags
  • Dryer and vacuum cleaner lint
  • Eggshells
  • Fireplace ashes
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Grass clippings
  • Hair and fur
  • Hay and straw
  • Houseplants
  • Leaves
  • Nut shells
  • Sawdust
  • Shredded newspaper
  • Tea bags
  • Wood chips
  • Wool rags
  • Yard trimmings
Things not to compost and why:

  • Black walnut tree leaves or twigs
    • Releases substances that might be harmful to plants
  • Coal or charcoal ash
    • Might contain substances harmful to plants
  • Dairy products (e.g., butter, milk, sour cream, yogurt) and eggs
    • Create odor problems and attract pests such as rodents and flies
  • Diseased or insect-ridden plants
    • Diseases or insects might survive and be transferred back to other plants
  • Fats, grease, lard, or oils
    • Create odor problems and attract pests such as rodents and flies
  • Meat or fish bones and scraps
    • Create odor problems and attract pests such as rodents and flies
  • Pet wastes (e.g., dog or cat feces, soiled cat litter)
    • Might contain parasites, bacteria, germs, pathogens, and viruses harmful to humans
  • Yard trimmings treated with chemical pesticides
    • Might kill beneficial composting organisms
I have only been in my home for three weeks so I focusing on repairs and will start my compost pile hopefully next spring.
Never fear I have started a different type of compost project that I am blogging on another blog
To follow please click the link.

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