Lunch and the Washing-up with Ecover

What do you eat for lunch? I’ve lost my way with lunch, but today I ate lunch as suggested by Ecover, the environmental product people and then I did the washing-up, by way of a review. Lunch and washing-up are both areas I lack enthusiasm for.

As far as lunch is concerned, I struggle to get inspired. Mostly I’m at home on my own at lunch time and either I lose track of time and snack on what ever is to hand or I stop and have quick things like cheese toast and then am hungry an hour later (more toast). Today, I ate Roasted Vegetable Salad, the recipe is below along with the bonus of a homemade hummus recipe, should you feel so inclined.

Roasted Vegetable Salad

It was a quick and easy recipe and of course, it tastes good and was filling. I feel very virtuous for having made a proper lunch, I expect not to be snacking the afternoon away because I’ve actually eaten something substantial and healthy.

Then the washing up!

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Ecover asked me to review their washing up liquid, it has had a bit of revamp. Still sourced from plants and mineral based ingredients and still kind to the planet “and everyone on it”; which I think it very important, in the West we often benefit at the expense of developing countries and those words struck a cord with me.

It’s the small stuff that we can all do that counts; if you were to ask me, I think that would be a fair sum up of my personal environmental policy. We recycle, Bristol do well in terms of recycling and collect weekly; plastics, bottle, food waste, clothing and we aim to recycle as much as possible. I find landfill really depressing and the stuff that is just chucked without a second thought. We try to be mindful about how we as a family impact on the environment and actually there are loads of small things anyone can do.

Ecover’s improved washing-up liquid now washes 40% more plates and contain 20% more plant-based content, natural cleaners. As well as slacking on lunch, I am notoriously slack at washing up, to the point that friends refuse my offers to wash up. I want a product that performs without much effort from me, I lack enthusiasm.

Over the weekend, My partner and son ate chicken and roast potatoes, while I had roast fish. Tough greasy washing-up. The Ecover was more than up to the job, to be honest my partner took care of that (as he usually does, I apparently, I can’t be trusted) while I monitored his progress for the purpose of review, he was very impressed and has reevaluated his view on Ecover washing-up liquid. There was a definitely an improved difference he reported, in the cleaning of this and the ‘old style’ Ecover that we’d taken camping a week ago, it compared equally with supermarket brand washing-up liquid, enough to win a place sink side from now on.

The potato roasting dish had been left to soak (equally, this could read: ignored the potato roasting pan. Got fed up and left it, is an another alternative view). The pan had been sitting around since the evening before. I tried Ecover’s baking powder tip; Sprinkle with baking soda to absorb grease and dissolve grim. Leave for 30 minutes. It does work! Less scrubbing, clean pan.

Having washed-up the baking tray and oily plate after lunch, both came easily clean. The lemon and aloe vera scent smells natural and authentic. The bottle, apart from looking nice on my sink side, is made from recycled and plant plastic. It’s an environmentally friendly product, produced in sustainable and clean running factory and that stands out amongst similar products at the super-market. Ecover have definitely produced an improved product that impressed me and my washing-up buddy (the Mr), it works as well as any washing-up liquid, proving you don’t have to compromise on products to get results and have less impact on the environment.

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Ecover’s Top Tips

  • Clean the sink area before you start. To stop bateria and limescale building up.
  • After washing an item, rinse them in clean hot water under the tap.
  • Rinse wahsing-up tools regularly and to keep them dry when not in use, prolongs their life.
  • Read the instructions on the back of the Ecover bottle and use the recommened amount:
 one squeeze is enough for a sinkful of dirty dishes.

Clare’s Roasted Vegetable Salad with Homemade Hummus

Serves 4 (is very adaptable)
Ingredients: Salad
4 courgettes, 3 sweet potatoes, 2 large aubergines (all chopped)
1 pot of pitted green or black olives
1 bag of spinach
1 bag of rocket (I threw in a handful of supermarket pre-packed bistro salad)
Handful of crumbled feta.

Hummus
2 cans of chickpeas, drained
2 tbsp. olive oil
half tsp cumin
1 lemon, juice only.

Method: Salad
Preheat oven: 200 C/400 F/gas 6
Place chopped vegetables on a baking tray and drizzle with olive oil
Roast in the overn for 20-25 minutes, until veg are cooked
Arrange rocket, spinach and olives on a plate
Add roasted vegtable and crumbled feta.

Method: Hummus
Place chickpeas in a food processor with a little water
Blitz for about a minute and then add the olive oil, cumin and lemon
Blitz again for another 30 seconds and serve with the salad.

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Disclosure: All words and opinions are my own. Post in partnership with Ecover.

6 Comments

  1. Chris at Thinly Spread

    Ah lovely Ecover – I’ve been using it for as long as I can remember and it has improved so much over the years, I think it’s brilliant! I was reading the back of ‘another well known’ brand a few weeks ago (as you do) and it states clearly that it is harmful to marine life – how can it be good for us then? Would you wash your spuds in it? Why wash your plates in it then for good ness sake! Ecover all the way – no nasties and does the job. Sorted.

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