“In 2010, 17.2 million households, 14.5 percent of households (approximately one in seven), were food insecure, the highest number ever recorded in the United States 1 (Coleman-Jensen 2011, p. v.)”
At my daughter’s school, I know there are several kids who take home food backpacks over the weekend. This BREAKS my heart.
We are a pretty food focused family, but for the “wrong” reasons. We are trying to lose weight and get healthy, and I obsess over not wasting food, which is an obsession in which I fail miserably because we are such a busy family. Each week I throw away fresh produce, meats I failed to put in the freezer, I buy groceries at the store but instead of using them, I end up buying food in the cafeterias at work simply because it’s easier to purchase it than pack a meal at night because I’m exhausted. With the season of Lent upon us, I am giving up this indulgence for my health.
Today alone I threw away a head of lettuce, a chicken breasts, an avocado, and a pork chop. That is a days worth of food for someone in need! It makes me ill to think about this sad sad practice I have slipped into.
I know some of you out there are SUCCESSFUL once a week or once a month chefs. I have perused your blogs and see this. However, how do you stay on board?
For my Paleo and crock pot challenges, I have been crock pot cooking several nights a week and sticking with the Paleo plan. It’s working! But this is causing too much food waste. This weekend, I’m scaling down my cooking. Remember that awesome sweet potato egg sausage bake I made? Yum! I’m making that again for my breakfasts all week. It was incredible! I bought two chickens (they were only .69 a pound at Kroger today!) and will cook ONE in the crock pot with salt and pepper to make chicken for lunches an use the broth to make a chicken ginger soup. I’ll post that recipe later. It’s so tasty. I also have two more bourbon honey marinated chicken breasts for dinner tomorrow night to prepare. This week chicken was on sale at Kroger and I only had time before mass today to go to Kroger. I’ll get burger this week at Meijer if it’s a good enough deal.
I had to work yesterday so I’m behind in my baby food ventures, but today I’ll just make some green beans, carrots (I have five pounds of carrots to use up soon- help!) and some fruit.
Snacks this week will consist of hard boiled eggs. I bought two dozen this week because I ran through a dozen last week in a DAY. (The sweet potato breakfast bake takes 10 eggs.) Also for snacking I have pistachios, dried fruit, and bananas.
So just an update. If you’re interested in reading more about food waste, The Frugal Girl has a “Food Waste Friday” that I read every week. I really enjoy reading about how she and others (who link up) prevent so much food waste in their homes.