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.
First the not-so-marvy-fab part:
I found these two almost-empty jars of tomato sauce (the very tasty organic kind from Aldi’s Simply Nature brand) in the back of my fridge, and they are not fit for human consumption.
I almost never waste tomato sauce, because I usually make pizza weekly. But the last few Fridays have been a little crazy, and we’ve ended up picking up pizza instead. This tomato sauce casualty is the result.
But I currently have two batches of thin crust pizza dough in my fridge, so I am guaranteed not to opt for takeout tonight!
So, now for the more cheerful parts of the week:
I made a fruit and yogurt smoothie to use up some leftover pineapple that had gotten a little bit soft.
I made a pot of broth, using some turkey parts I froze at Thanksgiving and some chicken bones that were left when I deboned chicken thighs for Teriyaki Chicken.
And I made some butternut squash soup, using a slightly old squash. But the real food waste win here is that when I blended up the squash, I threw in some leftover sweet potatoes. I’m pretty sure they would not have been eaten otherwise, as they were looking a little less than appetizing (they weren’t moldy…they just didn’t look delicious!)
The soup was delicious, though, and it is entirely gone. So, yay!
(By the way, I’ll announce the winner of the Kindle at noon today, and also in that post, I’ll also share a moral conundrum I’m trying to think through, and I’d love your thoughts/feedback.)
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