Zero Waste Challenge Day 7: BBQ

It is summer time. In my family that means swimming and BBQ. How many of you have a cookout or two planned this year? We've always been big grillers; so, I want to talk about some of my favorite Eco friendly swaps. 

Day seven of the zero waste challenge! How to have a zero waste bbq for the summer.
  1. Make veggies the focus! You get the same sweetness as roasting them with the added bonus of a smoky kick. Mmmmm. Also, mega bonus points for killer char marks.  
  2. Invest in some good reusable tools! We have a couple of grilling baskets and metal skewers that we can use over and over again. Just make sure to oil them before using. 
  3. Use real plates, forks, knives, and yes - cloth napkins too! Keep a bucket outside. We have a large tin bucket that we fill with a little bit of water. Everyone can put their plates, utensils and napkins in when done. We rinse everything at the same time outside. It makes it super easy to clean up. I also like to put a full load of laundry in before the party. After the party is over, throw in the napkins and run the whole thing. 
How to hose a zero waste bbq with

the veg:

  • 1 eggplant
  • 1 Tomato
  • 1 Summer Squash
  • 1 Zucchini
  • 1 Small Red Onion
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
a zero waste bbq with

the spread: 

  • 1/2 Cup of Olive Oil
  • 3-4 Cloves Minced Garlic
  • Zest of 1 Lemon
  • 1/2 of the Lemon's Juice
  • 2 Tablespoons of Fresh Parsely
  • Salt and Pepper


  • 2 Peaches
  • Ice Cream
Zero waste bbq with

Make sure to talk to your vendor. You don't want clingers. Clingers will hold on to the pit making it impossible for you to separate them in half evenly. Oil the peaches, place them on the grill. Remove and top with ice cream! I'm really fond of the minimalist baker's recipe. Only thing missing is a balsamic drizzle! Mmmmm.

the challenge:

Throw a veggie focused bbq full of reusables this summer. Don't forget to tag me in your photos! #ZeroWasteChallenge

What are some of your favorite summer grillin' recipes?