Thursday, February 14, 2013

Food Waste Friday and True Food Confessions--Feb. 15, 2013

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. You can follow how we are doing in this endeavor by reading True Food Confessions.

 This Week's Food Waste

The last serving of this salad turned slimy. (This was the next to last serving.)

 I had to get rid of slimy salad this week. I was looking forward to eating the last serving of a salad we had, but I was disappointed. Instead of crisp vegetables, I found soft, slimy ones. Out they went.

 This Week's True Food Confessions

This was our special dish this week.

We struggled a bit more this week to cook at home. Jobs were stressful and migraines were lingering. However, we did pretty well. One night we had dinner out with our brother-in-law who was visiting and another day we had lunch out. (BTW, I had very good meat loaf during this meal. After they sliced it, they blackened it. A different and tasty treat for me.) The rest of the time we cooked at home. Although, sometimes that only happened because we had some easy meals planned.

Now onto the great success of the week. Last week, I decided that we should try to cook some things that weren't in our normal rotation of dishes. This week we tried Maple Salmon with Bulgur Pilaf. I got the recipe from the January Good Housekeeping magazine, but it's also available online. The dish was essentially broiled salmon on a bed of quinoa*, peas, and celery and very easy to make. The whole family was happy with the meal. Theo said that he didn't know that food that is good for you could taste that good, and Wally had similar remarks. Ward was especially appreciative that I tried this recipe because he knows I'm not a fan of seafood. With that being said, I thought it was pretty good also. I think it helped that we used fresh salmon that was fairly mild in taste. Would I make it again? Yes. It was easy to make and filling. The flavors were mild, but blended well together.

Until next week...

*The recipe called for bulgur, but the store I was in didn't have any. I substituted quinoa and it worked well.