Friday, March 22, 2013

Food Waste Friday and True Food Confessions--Mar. 22, 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


This Week's True Food Confessions

Not much cooking this week, although we did make a good broccoli cheese soup and a nice salad to go with our frozen pizza. The rest of the time was leftovers, frozen burritos, and peanut butter cookies.

It was a week during which we struggled with our cooking and eating. We had take out pizza one evening, that was planned, and Subway another night that was not planned. The rest of the time we had leftovers and stuff found after rummaging through the freezer. There have been a lot of other things going on and the focus has not been food. It was a little scary how easy it was to slip back into the old ways.

Cook This Not That
Didn't seem to get my own picture of our pork chops.
However, we did manage to try a new recipe this week. It was Pork Chops with Balsamic-Honey Glaze  that came from Cook This Not That! Easy and Awesome 350 Calorie Meals by Zinczenko and Goulding. The carnivores of the family were excited with this choice since we were having "real" meat two weeks in a row. Theodore and Wally made the recipe which involved a simple glaze of vinegar, butter, honey, rosemary and red pepper flakes on grilled pork chops. The recipe was supposed to be an alternative to the Cheesecake Factory Grilled Pork Chops and save 1628 calories over those.

The results.  Everyone liked their pork chop, but wasn't thrilled by it. The meat was a little tough and the flavor kind of bland. We will not be making pork chops this way again. Next time, we are looking for recipes that involve cooking the chops in the slow cooker or the oven. We have enough meat left from the package to have another meal, so we will be doing this soon.

As for next week, there is still a lot going on and we'll be gone for the weekend. We'll see how things go.

Until then...