Friday, July 4, 2014

Food Waste Friday and True Food Confessions-July 4, 2014

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. Occasionally, if our eating is going okay, I'll talk about some other food topic.

This Week's Food Waste


We've been doing pretty well preventing food waste recently. Today to continue with this vigilance, we will have to plan our meal around the refrigerator vegetable drawer. The only thing that we know for sure that we're having for today's 4th of July cookout are hamburgers. After a look in the fridge, those will need to be supplemented with grilled zucchini, mushrooms, and onions along with a green salad. Also, Theo wants to saute some radishes. I've never had anything but raw radishes, so I'm interested in how those will turn out. Anyway, I think the fridge will get pretty clean with the above menu and hopefully next week I can also report no food waste.

True Food Confessions

When we haven't been having takeout Chinese or Subway sandwiches, here are a few things we've been eating. We have been enjoying greens from the garden for both salads and cooking. Also, we resurrected the ever-favorite foil meal and experimented with Portobella mushrooms that we found on sale. Add in a couple of casseroles, and all in all, it's been pretty good eating around here.

 As some of you may have noticed, I've stopped posting every week about our eating. There have been a couple of reasons for this, the biggest one being that I got distracted by other things and got out of the habit of taking food pictures. However overall, I'd say that we've been doing pretty well. With just two of us here most of the time, a little cooking goes a long way. Thank goodness we like leftovers. However, we are slipping more and more into takeout for dinner, so it's time to get back on track. Next week that is. Now it's time to head to the beach. :)


  1. Have a happy 4th, live and learn!
    Your bbq sounds yummy. We're doing hot dogs, a fruit gelatin salad, carrot sticks and dip and a pasta and veggie salad, plus gotta have s'mores for dessert. Have a great holiday!

    1. Pasta salad. That sounded like a good idea, so I just went and made one. That's another way to used up some of the veggies. Thanks for the idea. Have a fun day, Lili.

  2. I'm intrigued by the sauteed radishes. I don't care for raw ones. We went to an historical village a few years ago and they were preparing period food, which included pickled radish sandwiches. It didn't appeal to me. :)

    1. Theo cooked the radishes in oil with a little salt in a skillet. They were done (according to Theo) when they were soft and lightly browned. The verdict--everyone like them even the not radish lovers. Most of the radish taste was gone with just a tinge of it left. They tasted mild and quite good. Not that it's important for anyone to learn to eat radishes, but it's worth a try sometime if you don't like them raw.


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