Waste not, want not

My husband recently called me Captain Planet, referring to my thriftiness with reducing waste be it water, food, or garbage. I’m huge on recycling (even with all the ‘trash talk’ about it not actually going to a recycling center) and being conscious about my personal consumer good usage.
This Food52 article, My Week of Waste-Free Cooking (& How You Can Do It, Too), goes to a different level of being aware of the waste we produce as privileged Americans with access to clean, wholesome, and plentiful food sources. While I may not go this far, it is, as a comment stated, “an excellent reminder that waste is often the result of habits more than practicality.”

Conscious cooking

This instagram photo is a prime example of how I reduce the amount of food waste we produce at home.

Example of a "waste not, want not" dinner

I always have staples like greens, sweet potatoes, some form of ground quality meat, and canned tomatoes. This examples is a rarity because it contains cheese, which I usually don’t have.

The greens were fresh, but the meat was leftover from the night before, the tomatoes were from a sauce I made for spaghetti squash, and the cheese was from a dish I made for a Super Bowl party and on its last leg. Most importantly, the champagne was from the night before, my wedding anniversary, and we didn’t finish the bottle.

I made a conscious effort to come up with a well-rounded, pale-inspired meal that consisted of food items that were going bad. It turned out to be a great, hearty meal, and one of my husband’s favorites (he loves anything like this, which he calls “stuff in a bowl” – so creative). This also fell in line with one of my 2016 goals of conquering cooking fears! I was fearful that this wouldn’t turn out well, and it would be a waste no matter what. But I went forward with it anyway, and I’m very glad I did!

So this “burrito bowl” was actually healthier than one we would’ve gotten at Chipotle, and it was a whole lot cheaper! Not to mention, we saved the garbage bin from having added wasted food.

Featured image credit: FreeFOODPhotos


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