Friday Recipe: Parsnip Meatball Soup

Parsnip meatball soup

It has happened to each one of us. You have bought some meat at the grocery and only on the same day of its expiration date, you realize that you still need to cook it. 

Avoiding throwing edible food away at your home place is just a matter of being well organized and ready to experiment new interesting recipes.

Today we propose you an original and tasty meatball soup, which will be the perfect dish for a rainy day.

Ingredients for 3 – 4 serving:

* 1 yellow onion
* 1 Parsnip root
* 3 cups of water
* 1 Heirloom red pepper (horn-shape sweet pepper)
* 400 g ground meat (I bought a pack of Sika-Nauta (pork) mixed meat on its expiration date.)
* 2 bay leaves
* 1 small head broccoli (equal to 1 cup of broccoli stem sliced in a broccoli head)
* 1/2 Tbsp salt

For serving: a few leaves of fresh parsley, basil or dill, and ground black pepper (optional choice)

(Note: 1 Tbsp (tablespoon) = 15ml, 1 cup= 250ml)

Preparation for the Meatballs

* 1 egg
* 2 minced garlic cloves
* 1 and a half Tbsp salt
* 1 Tbsp soy sauce
* 2 Tbsp corn flour
* ¼ Tbsp ground black pepper

Cooking Steps

  1. Start by adding the yellow onion and the chopped parsnip root to the boiling water
  2. Add garlic, pepper, egg, corn flour, salt, and soy sauce into a large bowl which has already been filled with 400 g of ground meat. Mix by hand (better if wet) all the ingredients together and make some tiny balls.
  3. Once the broth has been boiling for half an hour, add the meatballs and bay leaves. Then, cook for another half an hour.
  4. While the meatballs are floating and boiling thoroughly, add the sliced Heirloom red pepper and broccoli, then continuously boil for other 3 minutes.
  5. Top with some fresh leaves of herbs such as parsley, basil or dill. Then add ground black pepper and salt as desired.
  6. Serve hot.

Enjoy and…Yummy Soupy Day!

Stay tuned for more recipes!

Sandra Sandar

Food Waste Means Water Waste

Water flowing

Did you know that more than a third of all the food that is produced on our planet doesn’t manage to reach any consumer’s table? Every year on our planet, while 805 million people suffer from malnutrition, 1.3 billion of food is wasted at a production, retail, and consumer level.

Now, you are probably thinking that throwing edible food away is immoral and a huge waste of money. That’s undeniable and we at Froodly we totally agree with that. Nonetheless, the ethical and financial aspects of this phenomenon represent only half of the food waste consequences: indeed, whenever we are dumping some food in a trash bin, we are also squandering all the resources (natural and non-natural) that went into producing it.

Today we want to focus on an extremely precious natural resource, water.

Water plays a major role in food production and, as a result, food waste translates into a huge amount of water wastage.

Have you ever heard about “water foodprint”? That is the direct and indirect water that goes into producing a certain food. So for instance, the water footprint of beef includes the water that’s used to grow the animal’s feed as well as the drinking water for the animal. In general, more water is used in the production of meat and dairy products than vegetables.

The massive amount of water that is needed to produce the food we eat will probably surprise you:

  • 2,500 liters of water are needed to produce a single burger
  • 650 liters of water are needed to produce one chicken breast
  • 135 liters of water are needed to produce one single egg
  • 12 liters of water are needed to grow one tomato

Wasting food means wasting a heck of a lot of water.

Luckily, each one of us can play an important role in reducing food and water wastage.

How?

By simply following these tips during your everyday life:

  1. Be a smart shopper: plan your meals and bring your leftovers home from restaurants
  2. Be patient: take care of your fridge, keep it clean
  3. Be careful: serve small amounts of food
  4. Be creative: use your leftovers

Start loving your food now, you will save a great amount of water making our planet happier!

Stay tuned for more interesting facts about food waste!

Alice Moretti

Tip Tuesday: Summer Time = Berries Time!

Berries

In Finland, one of the best activities to do during the summer is berry picking! Cloudberry, lingonberry, blueberry, raspberry…are just some of the delicious berries that you can find an eat in the astonishing Finnish forests!

So, what should you do if you have a big harvest?

The best thing to do would be to eat the berries when they are still fresh as they contain the highest level of nutrients compared to those after storing or processing. But, in case you really need to store your precious and fresh harvest, then you should follow these steps:

  1. separate the berries according to the color (avoid those with any odd spots) and texture (avoid those bruised or squashed);
  2. wash and dry gently;
  3. put in a sealed container and place in the refrigerator.

Be aware that frozen berries generally contain fewer nutrients and do not taste as good as the fresh ones!

Besides freezing or eating them fresh, berries can also be turned into wine or jam, which can last for a very long time. Indeed, the alcohol contained in the wine and the acidic and high sugar content in the jam, prevent the growth of microorganisms.

In addition to this, certain berries contain benzoic acids and other organic acids, which have an antimicrobial effect.

However, whenever you eat blueberries, lingonberries, cloudberries and so on, you should make sure that they are not contaminated by either soil or animal feces.

Berries are healthy and delicious, when are you going to pick yours?

The information provided here is served as a general guideline.

Nutritionist of The Froodly Team
Wan Lih Ching

Will Insects Save the Planet?

Grasshopper

We at Froodly we are very concerned with protecting our environment and its natural resources. For this reason, today we are writing about an alternative and sustainable food source: insects!

Crunchy grasshoppers, smoked termites, and many other bugs, not only are considered a delicacy in some areas of the world, but they are also a great sustainable alternative to animal proteins whose production has a huge impact on the environment.

According to the UN, by 2050 there will be over 9 billion people on the planet and the food production will have to increase by 70%. If the demand for animal proteins won’t stop increasing, then we will have to figure out how to produce enough meat for everyone without compromising the environment. In fact, the global livestock is an impressive polluter which produces “more greenhouse gases than planes, trains, and automobiles combined”.

In South America, Asia, and Africa, a total of at least two billion people are already eating insects and, according to a report released by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), there are more than 1,900 edible insect species on earth. Sounds like you could have a pretty wide choice, doesn’t it?

Haven’t we convinced you yet about this alternative source of food? Are you feeling yucky? Well, surprisingly enough you might discover that eating bugs is not as terrible as you maybe think. Indeed, as a recent Danish documentary shows, contrary to the general belief insects can have a very pleasant taste!

Besides the taste, there are also many other reasons why we should start reconsider introducing bugs in our diets.

The benefits are many, and could be seen at environmental, health, and economical level. Let’s see them in detail:

Environmental benefits

  1. Insects are abundant: as we have just mentioned above, the edible species are almost 2.000;
  2. Insects are easy to farm on a large scale without damaging the environment: they require significantly less land and water than cattle breeding and they produce lower levels of green gases;
  3. Bugs can be raised on food waste and animal manure, thus not only they would increase the world’s supply of protein, but they would also reduce and recycle waste.

Health benefits

  1. Insects are cold-blooded and for this reason, they are very efficient at converting feed into protein: for example, according to FAO, crickets need 12 times less feed than cattle to produce the same amount of protein;
  2. Besides being rich in protein, insects contain good fats, calcium, iron and zinc.

Economical benefits

  1. Insects could be used to replace some of the expensive animal feed used to farm animals, thus lowering the cost of the livestock products;
  2. Farming and collecting insects could offer new opportunities of employment.

Caterpillars are popular in Africa, wasp larvae are considered a delicacy in Japan, and termites are widely eaten in South America. So, how does it come that insects are not popular in western countries? The answer to this question finds its roots in historical reasons: out if the 14 domesticated mammals breaded to provide meat for humans, 13 of them were found in Europe. Over the years, these animals yielded considerable amounts of meat, milk, leather, but also means of transportation and for this reason, the use of bugs failed to gain much traction in the west.

To overcome the yucky feeling that many people might have at the idea of eating a bug, some companies have launched interesting food products which disguise their insects content. One example is the American start-up Six Food, which produces chips made from beans, rice, oil and cricket flour. Yes, you have understood correctly, cricket flour, which according to many people who have tasted it adds a very nice nutty taste!

So, will really insects save the planet? What do you think?

Stay tuned, we will come up with more news about this topic!

Alice Moretti