Gotta Use That Stuff Up…

by on August 16th, 2012
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For the most part I shop once a week, usually on Saturdays with the occasional run outs for milk etc during the week. Sometimes come Thursday or Friday I open up my fridge and say man I need to use this stuff up! I hate to throw away food. I know we all do!

Most of the time it is because I shopped without a list or without a meal plan and way over bought. Sometimes though I just have a bad week and my plans get foiled. I got sick or one of the kids did, I had a bad day, worked late, got busy or just had too much going on and in turn we fell victim to the drive thru, pizza delivery service or the fend for yourself mentality. Hey it happens! Then I feel completely lousy as I watch food go into the trashcan. Tell me I’m not the only one? I bake muffins or cook something with it when I can but often I have no time.

Lunch is actually a great way to help with this problem. Today’s lunch showing the use up method really works for both adults and kids alike:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s those carrots I never cooked and the plum tomatoes I bought too many of. Why did I ever buy a whole pineapple and however did I end up with so much greek yogurt? I just cut everything into finger food portions. When you put it all together like that it looks pretty appetizing, doesn’t it?

 

You spread these items over several lunches and your well on your way to eating out of this problem. So what are those colorful cuppy, container thingies? I get asked this all the time…. so here you go:

They are silicone baking cups like you would use for cupcakes. This is not a brand endorsement! Use any kind you like, they come in all colors, shapes and sizes. Have fun!

I used them here to to create additional compartments in my container to keep my items separated. The tomato juice is not in my pineapple nor the pineapple juice in my cucumbers.

And maybe you are wondering what is that chocolatey looking stuff on the lower right? I mixed one 6 ounce container of vanilla Greek yogurt with one tablespoon of Nutella spread and divided the yogurt among two lunches. Yum, you’ll thank me later! Also great as a fruit dip or as a spread on waffles and croissants.

So what is wasting away in your fridge and cabinets? Olives, celery, cheese, grapes, strawberries, peppers, peas, crackers, bread, pizza, hard boiled eggs, pickles, kiwi, zucchini, broccoli, pretzels?

Sounds to me like you got lunch!

 

(Last bit of advice: Many lunch containers aren’t leakproof so if you know you can’t keep your container upright consider putting those items in smaller leakproof containers.)

 

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