Zero Food Waste 2015, Week 5: Ordering Less

zero food waste challenge 2015I’m pre-writing this post because I’ll be traveling on Wednesday. Actually, I’ll be traveling most of the week! As a result, I wrote last week about stretching out my normal weekly shopping trip to cover nine days instead of seven. That went quite well, although I had a few dicey moments; I barely managed to get through the last of the kale and avocados before they went bad, but I did it (only tossed a few slimy kale leaves) and I also used up all of the pearl barley I’d had in my pantry for a year or so, per Alicia’s clean-out-the-pantry project. Having moved this barley twice I thought it was really time to eat it before I potentially might have to move it again this summer! Continue reading “Zero Food Waste 2015, Week 5: Ordering Less”

Zero Food Waste 2015, Week 3: Sharing

Fzero food waste challenge 2015or anyone just dropping by, I’ve taken a vow to stop wasting food, and I’m doing a weekly series where I track how that’s going and give a recipe. This week: no-waste food tip #2 (sharing); my grocery shopping (much better than last week!); and a recipe for polenta with vegetables and eggs. Continue reading “Zero Food Waste 2015, Week 3: Sharing”

Zero Food Waste 2015: Week 2 (plus Braised Coconut Chickpeas and Spinach)

zero food waste challenge 2015Last week, I got fed up and added a new 2015 goal: zero food waste. I’m planning to keep a running public list of everything edible I have to toss, as well as use these Wednesday food posts to discuss how I’m making this happen. This week: no-waste food tip #1 (laddering); a report on how I did at the grocery store (not as well as last week!); and a totally delicious packed-lunch recipe. Continue reading “Zero Food Waste 2015: Week 2 (plus Braised Coconut Chickpeas and Spinach)”

Wednesday Food Post (plus: make awesome lasagne like me)

Y’all, I am killing it on the grocery front this month. Things got off to a good start when I took out cash at the beginning of the month, divided it up, and went shopping…only to come home with $45 still in my pocket from Week 1’s grocery/spending money. So on Saturday I added $60 to my wallet (Week 2’s spending money) and set out to do the shopping.

I made up an additional goal for myself to add to my previously-established 2015 goals. This goal: ZERO thrown-out food in 2015. I’m not going to get too wild — I won’t be composting vegetable scraps or making stock out of all my chicken bones — but I don’t want to toss any perishables languishing in the vegetable drawer, or any leftovers I just didn’t want to eat. Maximizing my food dollar and minimizing my waste: what’s not to like?

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