Friday, June 28, 2013

Food Waste Friday and True Food Confessions--June 28, 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


Miss Landers gave us the last of a box of cereal that she had grown tired of and it turns out no one here liked it very well. So after sitting on the shelf for months, I finally put it outside for the critters. So far we've had a few takers from birds and chipmunks.

This Week's True Food Confessions

Some of the things we had to eat this week.

This was a good week. We only ate out once at a favorite Mexican restaurant that we go to when we visit my father-in-law. And, I actually had a detailed menu plan for three days in a row! There seems to be better success at executing them when they are written down other than just noted in my head. Surprise, surprise. :0

We also, tried a couple of new things this week. I made white chili with navy beans and chicken that turned out well, and we tried a new recipe for Greek Turkey Burgers. The recipe was inspired by this one from Prevention magazine, but had a few substitutions in our version.We worked with what we had on hand.

Greek Turkey Burgers

1 1/4 lb lean ground turkey (Ours was 93% lean,)
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup light sour cream
1/4 cup chopped pitted green olives
2 oz. goat cheese crumbled
1 tsp. Italian seasoning

Mix all ingredients thoroughly and form into patties. Cook on a medium grill until the internal temperature is 165° F. Serve on buns with lettuce and tomatoes and whatever else strikes your fancy.

The verdict on the burgers: I thought they were great. Ward thought the flavor was good but they were too dry. He prefers a juicy beef burger. Also, he thought they would do better cooked in a skillet than on the grill. They kind of fell apart on the grill. Theo thought they were pretty good and Wally did not like them because of the strong taste of the olives. So the reviews were a mixed bag. I think that we'll try them again and maybe add more liquid to them from something like mushrooms so they won't be so dry and not put olives in all of them.

Until next time...