Let’s see. What’s happenin’ on the food waste front?

The only possible bit of waste I have is this lemon, which came in a bag of lemons and was squishy when I brought it home.

bad lemon

(Check the bag better next time, Kristen!)

I may see if I could possibly salvage it for a stove-top air freshener, though.

So, that’s all I’ve got waste-wise.  Could I have some thunderous applause???

Alllrighty.

Here’s a peek at a few things I did to avoid waste.

I grind my whole wheat flour from grain I purchase in bulk, and I had ground a little too much.

Freshly ground whole wheat flour gets a little stale-tasting if you don’t use it or freeze it somewhat promptly, so I decided to use it by making some whole wheat bread.

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I tried a cinnamon-raisin experiment with the dough this time around and while it was good (my children all approved), I think it needs a little more tweaking.

More cinnamon!

More raisins!

In other bread news, I thawed some frozen sweet potatoes and used them in a pumpkin bread recipe.

sweet potato bread

Nutritious?  No.

Delicious?  Yes.

In fruit news, I ended up with many bananas ripening all at once, so I sliced and froze a few of them both for snacking and for smoothie-making.

frozen bananas

I also froze some leftover fruit salad that no one seemed to want to eat.  No one complains about these same bits of fruit when they’re smoothified, fortunately.

frozen fruit salad

I made a cheesecake for Mr. FG’s birthday, and he likes it topped with canned cherry pie filling.

The cheesecake was gone before the pie filling, though, so I rinsed off the remaining cherries and froze them to use in a smoothie.

frozen canned cherries

I’m not sure how nutritious cherries from pie filling are, but this still seems better than throwing them out.

Here’s how my fridge is lookin':

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It’s a little full at the moment because I went to the grocery store yesterday to buy things for Sonia’s birthday meal.

(Why yes, it IS birthday season at our house! 4/6 of our family’s birthdays occur within a six-week period.)

I don’t have a lot in the way of leftovers in my fridge, which is always good news.  There are a few grilled veggies, which I will probably eat with my eggs this morning.

leftover grilled veggies

And there’s quite a bit of tortellini soup left from last night’s dinner.  The kids and I will eat a fair amount of that for lunch today, I think.

Leftover soup makes such a great lunch meal.

tortellini soup

So! It was a good week at Chez Frugal Girl.  I don’t know why, but I’ve just been in a good food waste groove of late.  Hopefully it’ll continue!

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How’s the fight against food waste going at your house?  Tell us about your losses and saves, and feel free to leave a link if you’ve posted about your food waste this week!

The brocco-leaf? All smoothified.

I have lots of lovely food-waste news to share with you, but let’s get the waste-errific part out of the way first:

rotten lettuce

A small bit of lettuce got wilty, so I composted it.

Yup, that’s the extent of my waste.

Yay me!

Remember the big bunch of brocco-leaf I mentioned in my last Food Waste Friday post?  Well, I’m pleased to say that I blended every last leaf up into smoothies.

beet smoothie

My produce box also happened to bless me with beets in the same week, so the brocco-leaf smoothies weren’t exactly green smoothies.

I thought the brocco-leaf would be very broccoli-like in taste, but it was surprisingly mild.

(Some of you have asked about beets in smoothies.  I peel them, cut them into chunks, and throw them right into my Vitamix, which handles them beautifully.  A bit of OJ concentrate and fresh ginger really helps to mask the beet taste, by the way.)

Also, remember the dried-up lemon I asked you guys about last time?  You encouraged me to slice off the dry part, and lo and behold, it was quite juicy.

dried up lemon

I was making a dish of Shrimp Viennese, and remembered that the sauce calls for a bit of lemon juice.

Perfect.

So, I didn’t waste the lemon after all.

Let’s see, what else….

I had a about a half container of canned, seasoned tomatoes leftover, so I blended them up, stirred in a bit of cream, and called it soup.

tomato soup

In other smoothie news, I got some baby bok choy in my produce box, and was a little unsure of what to do with it.

So, I tried my fallback, which is smoothie-making.

baby bok choy smoothie

Surprisingly, it was even milder than spinach in a smoothie.

I only have this little bunch left, so I am very sure I will not have baby bok choy waste.

baby bok choy

This is a big reason I love my produce box-I wouldn’t normally think to buy baby bok choy or brocco-leaf, so the produce box stretches me a bit.

In keeping with the smoothie theme, yesterday I did a fridge inventory and found some random odds and ends to freeze for future smoothie use.

freeze extra fruit for smoothies

By the way, here’s a post about why I bought my Vitamix and why I love it, in case all this smoothie talk has you intrigued.

And to wrap things up, here’s the current state of my fridge, because I know some of you are fridge voyeurs.  ;).

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It’s been a good two weeks food-waste-wise at my house and I feel like I was really in my no-waste groove.

You guys are an integral part of that…knowing I’ll be baring my waste (and wins) to you is super motivating.  So, thank you muchly for faithfully reading my food waste happenings and cheering me on.

How are things going in your household?  Any thrilling wins or devastating losses you want to share? ;)