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Eating Healthy on a budget – Do not waste!

This is a sister post to my post on ” Do Not waste will help your WAIST”  You can eat fresh an non processed and still have a budget!!  Plus health care in the long run will cost you more!

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A yummy way to eat the “it’s not trash yet” produce lingering in the fridge…

Make a salad “chutney“!

  • small dice cucumber, red onion, roasted red pepper, tomatoes
  • top with a favorite dressing or red wine vinegar, olive oil, kosher salt, pepper, oregano
  • use on top of any greens or add to a sandwich

“Mother’s words of wisdom:  “Answer me!  Don’t talk with food in your mouth!”  ~ Erma Bombeck

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Waste NOT can help your WAIST!

Just read an article on how much food we waste. It is estimated everyday americans waste enough food to fill the rose bowl stadium. WOW!

So last week I started to pay attention to how much edible food my family squander.  I was just amazed! I thought I was pretty frugal! Now this was not a scientific experiment but it was enough for me to realize how much money I am throwing away weekly.  Especially because I try to buy fresh and depending on school and sports schedules sometimes the fresh produce does not get consumed and just rots in my refrigerator.  So this week I am on a mission to waste less!

My biggest house hold waste tends to be fruit.  I really try to judge how much to purchase each week but we all know with schedules and picky kids it does not always get eaten.  So this week I started freezing fruit in small quantities to use for future recipes. Plus having frozen fresh foods on hand is better for my health and waist line!

Freezing Fruit:  After washing the fruit, I remove all skin and seeds depending on the kind of fruit.  Then I portioned the fruit into one cup portion sizes.  Then I transferred the fruit to a small zip lock bags and labeled and date.  Some fruits like apples, pears and bananas will darken which does not bother me but there are techniques you can use with ascorbic acid to preserve your fruits. Also some fruits like oranges, lemons and limes, I puree with a little water and freeze in ice-cube trays.  After frozen in the trays I put in zip lock bags for later use.   Remember air leads to loss of flavor so the more air you can remove the better.  I prefer to freeze in zip lock bags rather than plastic containers, I find it is easier to remove the air.

Then it is ready to use anytime. The frozen fruit is great for smoothies.  Even use to make a sorbet or bake with!  I love it on my oatmeal!

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