Food Challenge Update – 2 weeks later
It’s now been two weeks since we started the Waste Less Food challenge. Before I get too far into the update, I have to admit: I fell off of the wagon this week. I didn’t buy any groceries not in the blizzard trifecta (bread, milk, eggs), but I did dine at restaurants–and even a gas station. Argh. Here’s the rundown of the bad:
- On Tuesday afternoon, Rich was leaving town for a business trip. I drove through and grabbed some chicken strips, potato wedges, and cooked apples from our local chicken joint. Excuse: I wanted to spend more time with my honey before he left town.
- On Wednesday morning, I stopped at the Mobile station near work and grabbed a sausage biscuit and a yogurt parfait. In this case, gas station food isn’t as bad as it sounds. A local restaurant prepares most of their grab and go food. It could have been worse. I avoided the breakfast pizza and vanilla frappuccino, a combo which is an old friend.
- On Friday, the food that I put in fridge to thaw wasn’t ready yet. It was another drive-through (I refuse to spell it that other way) lunch. A burger for me and a chicken sandwich for Rich.
- On Saturday morning, Rich and I went to our favorite local breakfast joint. While there, we found out that our favorite waitress no longer works there, so it will probably be easier to avoid in the future.
- Throughout the week, I had the munchies. The candy supply has dwindled.
Whew! Now that I’ve made my confessions, there was a lot of good this week, too. Most notably, I lost another 5 lbs (down a total of 15 lbs in 2 weeks). I was kind of shocked at this given the list I just fessed up to of all my food sins for the week. I did drink a lot of water (over a gallon one day), and I ate fairly healthfully other than my little dalliances above.
I’ve also been working to make my kitchen work better for me. I consolidated all of the ‘real’ food into the new pantry, and I reorganized the freezer. The ‘bad’ food lives in the buffet–appropriate, no?–which requires more effort to get into, find the bad stuff. Now I know what food I have and can put my hand on it when I need it. I’m not as worried about running out of a food category any longer. My food stores are actually fairly well balanced. I’m sure that I’ll end up with more sauces, jams, and jellies than I can use before this thing runs out, but I don’t think it will be terribly out of kilter. I’ll try to post pictures this week, along with pictures of my newly remodeled kitchen. It was a mini-remodel, but it’s a huge improvement!
Following along? If you’re following along, I have a couple of resources to share with you, courtesy of my cousin Kellie Robertson. She sent these along when she started reading my blog. Kellie is always trying out new, healthy recipes and trying to fit them into her busy life. First up is Cooking by the Numbers. This site finds recipes based upon what you have in your fridge and pantry, kind of perfect for a challenge like this one. Next, she sent Love Food Hate Waste, a British site dedicated to helping you waste less food. It has tips on keeping food fresh, using food that’s a little past its prime, and educating cooks on the impacts of food waste. I haven’t delved deep into this site, but it already looks like a great resource–much in line with many of my goal’s for this challenge.
That’s it for now. If you are playing along or have made changes inspired by this challenge, please let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear your successes and challenges.