Cooking for Compost at Thanksgiving

“Cooking for Compost?” Sounds like what happens when no one likes what I make for dinner.

Maybe a better description is  “No Waste Recipes.” Whatever the name, they’ll help you have a more sustainable Thanksgiving feast. Prepare holiday dishes from fresh ingredients, without single-use packaging, where food waste can be used in other food or composted.

This should be easy as pie in Seattle, where nearly all food scraps can go in the food and yard waste bin (the main exception being collected fats and oils.)

So, tell us!  What is your favorite no-waste Thanksgiving recipe?

Submit it in Comments below. Extra credit for Seattle-grown ingredients.

Here are some waste-free recipes to inspire you:  Cooking for Compost at Thanksgiving

And – by taking action toward a no-waste Thanksgiving, you will be helping Wallingford’s  garbage and recycling route earn points toward cash rewards from the Waste Management Think Green Recycling Challenge.

This year the Challenge will award $40,000 to the neighborhood that reduces landfill-bound garbage tonnage the most as compared to a year ago (contest time period is October 1 – March 31.) The $40,000 grand prize will go to a local non-profit selected by the winning route. This year the Friday North Recycling Challenge (Wallingford’s garbage/recycling pick up day) is sponsored by the Wallingford Community Council.

New with this year’s Challenge is the outreach rewards. A total of $10,000 will be awarded to the neighborhood route(s) that participate in at least one outreach event per month during the six month contest period. In case more than one route takes part in one event each month, each of those routes will receive $1,000.

So – just for sharing a waste-free recipe, you will help Wallingford earn $1,000! Get out those recipe cards and web links.

For monthly waste-saving tips and more info on the contest and contest standings see  Think Green Recycling Challenge as well as Wallyhood’s own Thanksgiving Recycling Checklist.

  1. Marnie said,

    Don’t forget the people who couldn’t afford a Thanksgiving dinner. Be part of the solution and share the unopened packaged foods or fresh produce with a food pantry near you. Find a local one on They offer a database of nearly 5,500 pantries you can donate your extra produce to. Power to the goodness in people’s hearts!

    Sun, November 18 at 4:03 pm
  2. Barb said,

    Here’s a versatile recipe from Seattle Tilth. Use coconut oil instead of butter (and skip the yogurt) for a vegan version:

    Wed, November 21 at 8:29 am
  3. Barb said,

    More wonderful recipes using local ingredients from Edible Seattle:

    Wed, November 21 at 12:14 pm
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