TV Appearances

Cook Once, Eat Thrice

Cooking in bulk offers many advantages. I was back on CTV's The Social this week to show how batch cooking helps with time, cost and energy savings, all at the same time. https://youtu.be/XGSnGmIMaY0 Batch-cooking meals and then refrigerating or freezing for later can save a lot of time and energy. In this TV segment, I offer some tips to avoid the boredom of eating the same thing over and over. The solution is simple! Cook one ingredient in bulk and turn them into three different dishes. Cook once, eat thrice! Steaming Rice? Triple batch it Cooking rice in bulk is...
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Break. Up. With. Plastic.

Every year, Canadians throw away more than 3 million tonnes of plastic waste, and a mere 9% of this waste is recycled. The remaining plastic waste breaks down into smaller pieces, polluting our environment. The recent single-use plastics ban is a positive first step. But, bolder, community-supported measures, particularly regarding food packaging, are needed to make a substantial difference in protecting our planet. In a TV Segment on CHCH Morning Live Puneeta talks to Annette Hamm about some practical ways we can work together to cut out single-use plastic. Watch the replay. Achievable solutions to reducing plastic: Do a trash...
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How Food Diversity Can Save The Planet

Eat something different from the day before Sounds doable, right? Diversity on the plate increases the quantity, quality, and diversity of our gut microbiota which in turn supports a healthy brain. A diverse diet also supports Earth's biodiversity, which the WHO recognizes as a key threat to human survival. According to the World Economic Forum’s 2020 Global Risks Report, 75% of the world’s food supply comes from just twelve crops and five animal species. That is bad for ecosystems. In this segment I show the audience 4 examples of how we can translate the learnings from the research and make a...
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3 Affordable and Practical Ways to Reduce Food Waste

Climate-smart Practices in the Kitchen Puneeta talks to Melanie and Sid on Breakfast Television about sustainable kitchen habits that will reduce food waste and help save the planet. Climate uncertainty is here. It's time to adopt practices that help people make a difference in our kitchens and homes. Food waste in particular is one of the key drivers of greenhouse gas emissions. It's an enormous burden on the economy. In Canada, more than half the food produced never gets eaten. This is not only a waste of food but also all of the resources that go into production, distribution, and...
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How to tackle those almost-empty jars

Frugal and sustainable habits in the kitchen Peanut butter is trending on Instagram, in particular it is the peanut butter that’s cruddy and left behind on the bottom of the jar. Food & Sustainability author, Puneeta Chhitwal-Varma, goes back on CTV's The Social and joins Jess Allen and Cynthia Loyst on October 20th to take this trend many steps further. In this segment, Puneeta shows how people can adapt two of the tenets of sustainability to use what we have and to reuse the rest, and regain control of their fridge, all at the same time. Creative ways to use...
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Paper or Plastic? How about neither!

5 Easy ways to choose low-waste. One of the good things to come out of our home renovations is that I have been able to reorganize my kitchen to reduce what I use, and throw away as little as possible. These low-waste habits are grounded in the same spirit of use what you have and reduce what is thrown away. Start with the big step: no more single-use plastic products Now you may think, “But Puneeta I recycle….” The truth is our recycling system was never meant to handle the volume and variety of plastics that exist today. And the harsh reality...
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Sustainable Gardening: the Magic of Tea Leaves and Banana Peels

Four tried and tested ways to feed your garden from your kitchen Growing your own vegetable patch this summer? One of the trends that came out of the pandemic was gardening, and research says this fad is here to stay. Puneeta was recently on CTV’s The Social to share how food continues to be beautiful and purposeful long after it’s nourished us. Let’s feed our gardens straight from the kitchen by using food scraps we would normally throw away. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIOv71yK9gw&t=4s Making tea? Put those used leaves to work. How: rinse used tea leaves and dry them in the sun for 2-3 days....
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Is Sparkling Water Really as Healthy as Marketing Suggests?

Puneeta was recently invited on Breakfast Television to comment on a new trend, sparkling water. Watch the video with Dina Pugliese. Here are the highlights from our discussion. Sparkling water is basically just water, which is good. Hydration is good in most forms, however, check the labels for different types of sweeteners. By now, most of us probably know that sugar-laden sodas and juices are out. In addition, some brands add artificial sweeteners to their products and we need to be mindful of that. Avoid anything that says artificial sweeteners of any kind on a daily basis. There is also...
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Rotisserie Chicken: Unexpected Weeknight Rockstar

Watch: CTV The Social — Rotisserie Chicken: The Unexpected Rock Star of Weeknight Dinners. Three meals that transform an accessible grocery staple into multiple weeknight dinners that taste great and benefit the health of people and the planet. Rotisserie chicken is a cheap and cheerful item that most people have on their shopping lists, after all it helps ease the stress around weeknight dinner, right? In this segment, I would like to share how this readily available grocery store staple can help transform our weekly routine and create soul-satisfying, mood-boosting meals using ingredients that have a lower environmental impact, protect personal...
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How to Shop Your Pantry on CHCH Morning Live

Watch: CHCH Morning Live - How to Shop Your Pantry to Reduce Food Waste Do you ever buy groceries only to realize you already have some of those food items in your pantry at home? One of the recipes that Chhitwal-Varma shared was a turmeric mac and cheese topped with crunchy oats. What I do with this to give it that pantry twist is that I use canned, evaporated milk because that’s another ingredient that people said they have tons of and they didn’t know what to do with it. To make the crunchy oat topping, roast unflavoured, instant oatmeal...
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