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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.


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.   ;).

fg fridge

fg fridge door

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? 😉

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Glory Lennon

Monday 16th of February 2015

I cringed when you put the bok choy in a smoothie. It is awesome in a stirfry! One summer I grew so much bok choy in my garden--it grows back when you just cut down to about an inch-- that I had enough for easy stirfries all summer long. Try it next time!


Sunday 15th of February 2015

Baby bok choy! I slice it into little ribbons and mix it into shredded pork, shredded carrots, soy sauce, ginger, and a little rice wine vinegar as filling for spring rolls.

We did much better with food waste than usual. The poblano went into enchiladas and, later in the week, homemade pineapple salsa. The pineapple went into (obviously) the salsa and was a side dish with some grilled fish. The hubs roasted a chicken one night and then made stock. We had chicken soup one night, and for lunch one day I turned the rest of the chicken soup into homemade hot & sour soup. I used half a can of lite coconut milk for a Thai dish, and I added the rest to skim milk for a fun hot chocolate.


Saturday 14th of February 2015

Lousy week leads to lousy food waste results. (No surprise.) My waste included raw happy chicken that I didn't cook soon enough.


Saturday 14th of February 2015

So sorry you had a rough week! Same things happens here when my life gets a little too busy.


Friday 13th of February 2015

Oh, yay for a decluttered fridge! Looks nice! Makes you wanna cook! ;) We started making smoothies at our house too! Finally! On the sad note, I did waste 2 cups of chicken and chicken gravy. Not too much chicken in it though and we had no potatoes or something yummy to eat it with..... So it sat in the fridge for like 2 weeks! :O I don't think we did too bad...

it's me sam

Friday 13th of February 2015

You inspired me to do a bit of a clean out of the fridge/freezer this week. I made spaghetti sauce from Italian sausages, peppers, mushrooms and spinach, stir fry with sugar snap peas, carrots, mushrooms and peppers, plus i frozen some pineapple and grapes for smoothies. I have plans for more freezer findings tomorrow. Chili will be on the menu and some pumpkin muffins. I'll probably baked ranger cookies and make fish and fiddle heads for Sunday. I, too, love roasted cabbage/bok choy... Thanks again for hosting....


Friday 13th of February 2015

Doesn't it feel so good to get it all organized and cleaned out without throwing things away??

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