Friday, August 17, 2012

Food Waste Friday and True Food Confessions--August 17, 2012

It's time for Food Waste Friday, when the Frugalgirl encourages us to post pictures from the previous week of wasted food from our household. This accountability hopefully will help us to be more careful with our food and maybe save some money.

Also, I am using this public forum to encourage us to eat out less which includes better meal planning.

 This Weeks Food Waste.

Two more tomatoes and a potato joined this one in our waste this week.

This was the week that the produce got away from us. We had three tomatoes that got rotten before we used them. Also when I was cleaning out the pantry, I found a rotten potato hidden behind a big box. That explained the smell we couldn't place last week. However with the rest of the tomatoes, Wally and I made spaghetti sauce and salsa that we froze, and Theodore and I made a big pot of potato soup from the rest of the potatoes (for the recipe, see Wally Makes Soup). Both were very good.

Last Minute Addition: A bag of burnt popcorn that is going to the squirrels and birds.

This Week's True Food Confessions

Even though it may not be soup weather, we really liked this potato soup.

We didn't exactly have a good food plan this week, but we made out okay anyway. We had to do some adjusting for the day we didn't have electricity, and we continued to so some catering to Theo's healing mouth. We did most of our meal planning from the produce that Uncle Billy gave us which included squash, tomatoes, and potatoes. We made squash stuffed with sausage, wild rice, and cheese. Everyone liked this even if they weren't big squash fans. It's amazing what a little cheese and sausage will do for a dish. We also made spaghetti and potato soup as mentioned above. One night we had Domino's pizza and it was very good. That's something that we have cut back on a lot since we been trying to eat at home more, so we really enjoyed it.

Now, here's the most important part. For the last couple of weeks, we have been trying to encourage each other to work with what we have at home to eat. When someone is tired or is having a craving for something out, another person tries to "talks them down." It helps that most of the time we have an alternate plan. But you know what, sometimes pizza that has been cooked by someone else just tastes good. I think it's that flexibility that is keeping everyone on board with this effort.