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I wasted three avocados. (whaaaat.)

I always think it’s nice to get the bad news out of the way first, don’t you?

food waste friday

Top container: some leftover mac n’ cheese that my girls didn’t eat.

Bottom container: two bits of chicken.

Not pictured: 3 (three!!!!!) avocados that went bad.

This is sort of unheard of at my house because I eat avocados like they’re going out of style. Not sure what happened.


The happy news is that my fridge is in super good shape (partially because I made the most random smoothie ever yesterday as I was cleaning out the fridge!).

The only two possible challenges are the cauliflower and the zucchini.

fg fridge

I could make zucchini bread, but I think I’ll do something less sugary.

(That thought is going to make you laugh later when you see my sugary bread usage…)

The cauliflower…I haven’t decided about that yet, but I need to hurry and make up my mind because the cauliflower’s good days are numbered.

fg fridge door

I made the most random smoothie ever as I was cleaning out the fridge…lots of fruity odds and ends!

And also, I finally dealt with the bread odds and ends from my freezer challenge.

I made some cinnamon croutons first.

cinnamon croutons

Super good. Although when I use old bread from the freezer, I find that I have to bake the croutons a lot longer than the recipe specifies.

I’m really not sure why because you’d think the bread would be unusually dry already.

After I made the croutons, I still had a pile of bread cubes left, so I did some googling and came across   The Pioneer Woman’s cinnamon french toast casserole, and it is in the oven as I type.

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So basically my use-up-the-bread philosophy seems to be: Add cinnamon and sugar.

I feel like this maybe needs to be rethought…

And I am definitely not making zucchini bread.   😉

Let’s see…what else did I do?

-I froze some pineapple that was a little overripe. Pineapple is great in smoothies!

frozen pineapple

-a small visiting friend dropped a whole watermelon this week, so we ate the unbroken parts as-is and then I froze the rest.   I’ve never made a watermelon smoothie, but it seems to be a thing, so…

frozen watermelon

-I froze a bag of marked-down spinach for smoothie use.

So, I think that’s about all the food waste news from my house for this week.   All in all, it wasn’t too bad.

Except I’m kind of mad at myself for the avocados.

But I’m super happy that I don’t have any more miscellaneous bread in my freezer, so that kind of balances out.


How did things go for you this week? Any wins? losses?   challenges? food you don’t know what to do with? Let us know in the comments!

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Wednesday 8th of July 2015

Have you ever tried cauliflower pizza crust or breadsticks? I found it on pinterest years ago and tried it once and loved it!! I need to revisit that recipe I think


Wednesday 8th of July 2015

I've heard of it...any particular recipe you recommend? My produce box gave me ANOTHER head of cauliflower, so I think I'm gonna give the breadstick thing a try.


Tuesday 7th of July 2015

We make aqua frescas( fresh water) with the free "smoothie" fruit our vendor( from the Farmer's market) gives us. We also use watermelon and other leftover fruit. Puree in vitamix, strain out juice, add a squirt or two of lime or lemon juice, sweetener of your choice( agave, stevia, little bit of sugar) and then add cold water. They are VERY popular drinks here in Socal. Every single Mexican restaurant serves them.


Tuesday 7th of July 2015

How did the cinnamon french toast casserole turn out?


Tuesday 7th of July 2015

Well, it was pretty good, except I forgot to add the brown sugar topping until not too long before the casserole was done. Whoops. So the sugared topping wasn't as brown as it should have been. I think it'd be much more excellent with the topping added at the appropriate time!

Sarah B

Monday 6th of July 2015

Watermelon smoothies are super refreshing on hot and humid days! My favorite mix is watermelon, juice of a lime, and a pinch of salt.


Monday 6th of July 2015

I threw away very little this week. I also used my bread ends to make that Pioneer Woman recipe you mentioned. It is dangerously good. I can't stop eating it. Thanks.

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