This weekend has been a lazy one. Richard is on call, so we stayed at his place. I went home Saturday to get some food and realized my daughter does not use my fresh produce at all. She would rather have boxed food. Ughhhh! I simply wanted to grab a head of lettuce and some legumes for dinner and ended up with almost two bags of produce that needed to be consumed. I think I am the only person on the planet with this issue. Actually no, sadly I am not. There have been studies and most average American families throw out over $2000 in produce a year. Think about this. That is a trip to NYC for a whole week, with airfare.
Yesterday afternoon, I took over the boys kitchen to use up as much as I could. I created a tomatillo salsa. I have never used tomatillos before, but the salsa was superb. I chopped and ditched lettuce, spinach and arugula to create a huge bowl and a half bowl of salad greens. I thinned out the green onions and diced them up for said salad. I sauteed up some potatoes and added the salsa over them for dinner last night. I have salad for all of us tonight, Brian had some last night, and I will have some for lunch probably up to Wednesday. Wednesday is my veggie bin delivery. Tonight I need to go grab some shitake mushrooms and saute up some chard along with peppers and then top those with said salsa. I will cook up some lentils to mix into the chard and salsa and maybe add some roasted fingerling potatoes.
These are just this week,s produce issues. I have these problems almost weekly, and I hardly shop. I have not really inspected the drawer of fruit. I know there are plums and peaches and an apple, I think. I also always have carrots. I need to learn to eat more carrots or juice them better. I have heard of the Refrigerator Challenge, and I am personally going to challenge myself starting in October, due to a trip next weekend.
In this final link, here are some great ideas on how to reduce your food waste. So in the month of October, I will be totally focused on reducing my food waste. It is probably the biggest cost in my personal budget. If I can reduce this, I will hopefully start to save money for a trip in the next year.