Friday, March 8, 2013

Food Waste Friday and True Food Confessions--Mar. 8,2013

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

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This Week's True Food Confessions

Some of the food we enjoyed last week.

Last week, I went out with friends one night, and Wally and Ward planned their own night out. However I had chili in the crock pot ready for their dinner, so they decided to stay in. But they didn't stop thinking about their plans. Therefore on Friday, we had pizza at the local pizza shop and Sunday they met Theo for brunch while I was at work. The rest of the week we ate at home. The surprise treat of the week (besides Girl Scout cookies) was a cantaloupe. I let it ripen on the counter for a week before I cut it and it tasted just like it had ripened on the vine in the middle of summer--sweet and juicy. I bought another one and hope the results will be as good.

Our new recipes for the week were Almond and Oat Crusted Chicken Tenders and roasted carrots. We roast many of our vegetables here, but had never roasted carrots before. I read several different ways to do it, but of course, picked the simplest way. We tossed them with olive oil, salt, and pepper and roasted them in the oven for 20 minutes at 400° F. They were wonderful. Theodore, who says the he doesn't like carrots, ate more than any one else.

The chicken was also a big hit. I got the recipe from the Weis grocery store magazine, Healthy Bites. They put this out every couple of months with recipes and tips on healthful eating. The latest one featured the baked chicken that we tried. The chicken coating in this recipe was different than most I've made before. It included almonds and oatmeal, and also, the chicken was dredged through Greek yogurt. Something else I've never used with baked chicken. The spices included smoked paprika which added a good flavor. Everyone in the family was very happy with the chicken. It will definitely be added into our regular rotation of meals.

I've included links above for the recipe if you want to try the chicken. A couple of comments that I have from when I made it. I had a lot of  yogurt and coating leftover. You may want to adjust the amounts or cook more chicken. I didn't add the cayenne pepper because I don't like hot things. I don't think the recipe suffered at all and neither did the rest of the family who like the hot stuff.

Not sure what's up for next week except I have a lot of fresh vegetables in the fridge that we're going to have to pay attention to in a timely manner. Until next time...

But Wait there's more,
Is anyone else as confused as I am about when to use healthful vs. healthy? I used to understand it, but I think the uses have blurred overtime. I think soon we will be able to correctly use healthy in all instances. I rarely even see anyone use healthful these days.