Happy Friday! It’s time for another edition of Food Waste Friday. Every Friday I link up with The Frugal Girl and/ or Simply Being Mum for Food Waste Friday. I’ve been environmentally conscious about food waste since I was in college and this is a great way for me to keep tabs on what we waste in our house.
Here is how we did this week:
Food Waste Successes
1. Roasted broccoli and cheese soup
My husband hates the stalks of broccoli so I try to cut the florets with very little stalk when I cook broccoli. I hate to admit that lots of times I buy the bagged precut broccoli just because it is the same price and I have less waste. This past week the fresh broccoli was $1 cheaper so I bought it instead and had this left over.
Since I’m still making my way through all of the free cheese I got for my House Party, I thought this would be a perfect time to make roasted broccoli and cheese soup. I had just the right amount of peppered gouda left.
Roasted Broccoli Cheese Soup
Prep Time: 15
Cook Time: 40
Ingredients (2 servings)
- 2 C. of chopped broccoli (I use the stalks to avoid food waste, but the florets will work fine)
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 2 C. of milk
- 1/2 C. of cubed cheese (I use whatever we are trying to avoid wasting, gouda and cheddar work best)
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. pepper
Roast broccoli covered in olive oil on 400 degrees for 20 minutes, flipping halfway. Steam broccoli for another 20 minutes.
Transfer broccoli to a food processor and add 1 C. of milk, salt, garlic powder and pepper. Blend until smooth.
Transfer to a saucepan, add milk and cheese. Cook until cheese is melted, about 20 minutes. If it is too lumpy, put back in food processor until cheese is smooth.
Garnish with bacon or green onions.
2. Jam infused salad dressing
I mixed balsamic vinegar and olive oil in a used blueberry jam jar to make blueberry balsamic vinaigrette. I loved how easy this was and it was nice to use every last bit of the jam my cousin made me.
2. A little bit of cheese
I’m not going to point fingers, but I didn’t let this cheese go bad and I don’t think Robert did either.
It wasn’t much though.
3. One moldy strawberry
We did well with no moldy produce last week, too bad we couldn’t make it two weeks in a row.
After only one loss last week I was expecting to waste more this week. I’m okay with only two losses this week.
How did you do this week? Feel free to leave a comment or link up with The Frugal Girl or Simply Being Mum.