Every week, I post a picture of the food that has gone bad over the last seven days. Why do I do this? Because in March of 2008, I finally got fed up with the amount of food I was wasting, and I thought that showing my waste to other people would motivate me to use up my food instead of wasting it. Because this often embarrassing practice was so helpful for me, I invited other bloggers to join me in posting their food waste photos, and Food Waste Friday was born.
It looked like this:
FYI, that white stuff on the strawberries? Not frosting or whipped cream.
The poor avocados were forgotten about until they turned brown and dimpled and mushy. And then there’s the broccoli and chicken, which I had plans for…plans which got derailed when I got sick.
I also foresee some future casualties from my sick week, mostly of the green, leafy variety. I’d planned to make a bunch of salads, but that kind of didn’t happen. As of right now, the greens are still ok, but they’re getting on in lettuce years, so I’m a little iffy about our ability to eat the all before we lose some.
I’ll give it a big ol’ try, though. Bring on the salads, baby!
Oh, I do have one small win to report. I found a not very wonderful sweet potato lurking in my kitchen, so I cut out the bad spots, peeled, boiled, mashed it, and used it to make a batch of Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip muffins.
My feelings about the virtuousness of this activity are mixed, since the muffins aren’t exactly health food. But they are a delicious treat, and I have to tell you, I think they’re WAY better made with sweet potato than with pumpkin.
So, if you find that a slightly bad sweet potato has taken up residence at your house, do give that recipe a try.
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