I hate waste. It’s just one of those things that seems to happen too much in my household. I will buy food that my family says that they want to eat, but sometimes it just winds up sitting in the fridge until it’s spoiled and needs to go in the garbage.

My daughter likes to eat apples. Every time I go to the supermarket with her, she loads up on them. Unfortunately, with her busy schedule, she doesn’t have time to eat everything that she buys, so I need to find something to do with all the let over fruit. Sometimes I’ll make cake or pie. This weekend I made Apple Oatmeal Cobbler.

This is best served warm with some vanilla ice cream. I’ve been trying to find a good recipe for that too. I’ve been playing around with it and have some good candidates, but I’m not there yet. I’ll have it for you soon.

If I don’t have 8 soft apples hanging around, I’ll supplement with some fresh bought Granny Smiths, but any apples will really do.

I used apples for this dish, but if you have left over peaches or pears, you can throw them in too. The more fruit flavors, the merrier.

Being vegan is very environmentally friendly. Cows are the number one contributor of greenhouse gases. Using up the stuff you have in the fridge also helps keep waste down. Remember, wasting an apple is not just wasting an apple – it’s also wasting all the energy that went into creating that apple, not only things like water and fertilizer, but also the gas that it takes to transport the food to your local supermarket.

I try to buy local produce whenever possible. I also try to buy food that is indigenous of the region. That way you get the best produce without needing to have it shipped over hundreds, or even thousands of miles. That’s a double win in my book.

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