After years of wasting hundreds, if not thousands of dollars of food, we are attempting to reduce our food waste. I will post a photo each week of our food waste and I will link up with Food Waste Friday over at The Frugal Girl.
This week wasn’t all that bad. As usual, I found a few new ways to save some veggies AND trick my family into eating more of them.
I had a package (ugh, I hate overly packaged food) of organic spinach that had a few leaves that were starting to look sad. I decided to throw some into dinner that night and put the rest in the freezer for fear that they wouldn’t make it before I got around to eating them. We were having pasta with a simple tomato sauce (no meat), and I diced a few spinach leaves very fine and tossed them in. Tony had no idea. That’s one thing I really love about spinach. Its flavor isn’t all that strong, so it’s easily added to other dishes with little or no detection.
Freezing spinach is super simple. I just pick off all the stems and toss them into a freezer bag. Simple as that. Oh, don’t forget to wash and dry it first. As long as the spinach is really dry, the leaves shouldn’t stick to one another making it really easy to just pull a few out and add to meals.
I did actually throw something away this week. We made pasta the first week we lived in the house and not thinking, I made an entire box. Rylan was still here, so I think that threw me off. I usually cook just over a half of a box. This makes enough for the three of us, plus a small lunch-sized leftover portion. This particular meal made lots of leftovers.
After eating on them for a few days, I guess this little container got pushed to the back of the fridge. Although it doesn’t look or smell bad, it has been in the fridge for about two weeks. That’s way beyond my threshold for leftovers. Oh well.
How did you do this week?