Amanda Holloway, moderator
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Food Waste

Posted by @amandab, Tue, Sep 19 8:24am

Hey Foodies – I just started a discussion in the Go Green group seeking ideas on successful ways to reduce food waste. I’d love to hear your suggestions!

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CarolBee
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Posted by @carolbee, Tue, Sep 19 8:42am

I raised 3 boys and we rarely threw out food. I would make a turkey, ham, roast, etc. on weekends, and then plan meals around the leftover meats, such as fajitas, stir frys, open face sandwiches broiled in the stove, soups, casseroles, etc. Made meal time prep during the week quicker and saved a lot of money on groceries, especially because I usually fed my 3 boys and a friend or 2 at a lot of our meals.


danleedrenth
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Posted by @danleedrenth, Tue, Sep 19 9:07am

Meal planning if huge for our family! Not only does it save money, but it keeps us accountable and on track with our healthy lifestyle! I host healthy freezer meal workshops for friends and family, and so I always have a stock of freezer meals we can easily pull out of the freezer and use. I plan on using leftovers in lunches and I also plan leftovers at least once a week to make sure food gets eaten.


Amanda Holloway, moderator
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Posted by @amandab, Wed, Sep 20 8:38am

I love that – having a plan really does help keep you on track with healthy eating.


solucky
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Posted by @solucky, Fri, Sep 22 8:11am

I have noticed that if I “shop for the week” I end up wasting because our schedules may change and the fresh food I’ve purchased doesn’t get consumed in the way I had planned. I try really hard to shop for a few items for a specific meal or two every few days, or ask my husband to help, and make enough where we will have left overs for lunches, another dinner, and so on. Also, when shopping that way, the fresh produce is really fresh.


Sara
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Posted by @sara, Tue, Sep 26 8:30am

I use the app, Cozi, for meal planning so I only buy foods I know I’ll use that week. Also, I save my vegetable peelings in a bag I keep in the freezer. When it gets full, I add water and cook them down to make yummy vegetable stock — no need to purchase and the “waste” gets repurposed!


CarolBee
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Posted by @carolbee, Tue, Sep 26 8:54am

The vegetable peeling idea is great. Are there certain vegetable peelings you use for the stock for flavor? I was just wondering if some vegetables would give the stock an odd taste or if it always comes out tasting good regardless of the vegetable peeling mix?


Sara
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Posted by @sara, Tue, Sep 26 11:57am

I dump it all in — carrot peeling, celery stumps, cauliflower greens, brussels sprout tips … everything! Haven’t had any yucky tasting issues yet.


Amanda Holloway, moderator
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Posted by @amandab, Wed, Sep 27 10:15am

Love it, great idea, @sara!

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