Minimising the Waste on Mothers Day

Happy Mothers Day to all of the mothers reading this blog. I wanted to share a story about my mothers day, and one of the Zero Waste challenges that I faced while hosting this year’s celebrations with my family.

I had already gotten my mother a gift (check out “5 Zero Waste/Low Impact Mothers Day Gifts” to find out what I got her), so the first thing on my list was what to make for lunch. My mother requested hard shell tacos and immediately I ran into an issue – they only come in plastic packaging.

I knew I had to make them, and every recipe I could find online had ingredients in them that I didn’t already have – so I improvised. I had made tortillas before, so I decided to try and make those into tacos my baking them – and they actually worked – so I wanted to share that with you!

The recipe for the tortillas comes courtesy of a youtube video I found ages ago, but I have changed a couple of things, and also, I baked them into hard shell tacos!

– 2 cups of wholegrain/wholemeal flour
– 1 Teaspoon of salt
– 2 Tablespoons of olive oil
– 1 Cup of milk
– 2 teaspoons of baking soda


  1. Basically, mix it all together. There is no special order to put the ingredients in, but I would probably recommend the dry ingredients first, followed by the wet ingredients.
  2. Let it sit for 30 minutes, or 15 if you are in a hurry, it just seems to roll better if you leave it to sit for as much of the 30 minutes as you can.
  3. Break it up into 12 balls. I’ve done 8 or 10 for the tortilla, but the tacos need to be thin.
  4. Roll the balls out until they are almost translucent, and only a couple of millimeters thick. (A rolling pin or a can of tinned tomatoes will do the trick)
  5. Get a skillet or a frying pan and put it on high. DO NOT add any oil or water to the pan.
  6. Put the wrap into the pan. When it is bubbling on top, it is ready to turn, but on average it’s about 30 seconds to a minute.
  7. Cook the wrap on the other side for about 30 seconds.
  8. Pull it out of the pan (use utensils, don’t burn your fingers like I did) and place them in the oven, over 2 runs of the oven rack.
  9. Bake on high at 200 degrees Celsius until golden brown, or until they look like a taco.
  10. Cool and Enjoy

Here is a picture of how mine turned out, they definitely looked better as I had more practice. The best part of this? I sent the leftovers home with mum, which just made her day even better!


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