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A for Effort!

I had two more casualties in the good-food-that-went-bad category.

toms

Much like the Botox believers will tell you, wrinkles aren’t sexy.  Especially in your tomatoes.  By the time I got to the bottom of the carton, they were more prune than tomato.  Boo. RIP to the dozen grape tomatoes that didn’t make it to the promise land… my belly.

salmon

Sadly, the second of my deaths wasn’t because I didn’t eat it before it went bad, but because I wasn’t paying attention.

I left the microwave going too long while reheating the last of my salmon to throw on top of my salad…

Hard, brown, dry.  Three characteristics you DON’T want in your baked salmon.  ::plays TAPS::

But I shall not weep!  I shall celebrate the fact that the original salmon was my new recipe of the week! And one that is quick and easy so I can actually post it now.

The one thing I have taken from this goal, even though I am not even a month in, is that I am making a very conscience effort when shopping and making meals to make sure that I don’t throw food out.

Honey Dijon Salmon

  • 4 pieces salmon
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • fresh black pepper

Preheat oven to 350.  Place salmon in glass baking dish that has been sprayed with PAM.  Mix last four ingredients until well blended.  Pour over top of salmon.  Bake 20-25 minutes until salmon cooked thoroughly.

This recipe was too sweet for my taste, I prefer savory.  But it makes a GREAT dressing!  I used the remaining sauce as a dressing for my spinach salad that I had with the fish.  Quick and easy for a weeknight.  Enjoy!

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Yes, I realize I probably should have taken a picture before I started snarfing my spinach salad.  Alas, that wasn’t the case…

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Forgive me, I have sinned…

I had my first casualty of 2013.  I had to throw out half of a loaf of bread.

Now in actuality, my goal for the year was to limit the amount of fruits and veggies I had to throw out because they had gone bad.  Which 18 days in, I have still been successful!  And no, you nay-sayers, it’s not because I haven’t bought any!  I know you were thinking it…  But at some point I decided I was going to make an extra effort to not waste ANY food this year.  Hell, I don’t even like to waste Post-it notes, and I use a tea bag twice to eek out as much tea as possible, so I’ve just been trying to find other ways I can reduce waste in my life.

The thing that is so frustrating is that I usually buy sourdough bread.  And because I mainly just use it for toast, it lasts quite a while!  But I had to buy boring white bread to make my experimental turkey meatloaf last week.  Apparently it doesn’t have the shelf life I had expected. Le Sigh.

But all things considered, I have been otherwise on track with my goals.  I haven’t had the time to post my new recipes, but I will given some spare time, and I’ll link them here.

In addition to my trying a new recipe a week, not wasting food, and getting 1000 miles logged to DailyMile this year, I decided to add trying a new fruit or veggie each month.  This can be raw or cooked.  But something I’ve never made/eaten before.  And so you shall hear it here first.  I have never eaten (to my knowledge) butternut squash before.  It was a PAIN to prep, but super easy to toss in olive oil, salt, and pepper to roast!  And sooooooo tasty!

If you have any suggestions of recipes or a fruit or veggie to try, please post them!  I’m always looking for inspiration!