I was doing a phone interview on Friday and the reporter asked me just that question. It made me think because i realize there is a lot of stuff that i do without thinking about it and as a result, don't really throw things out there (pun totally intended). So having said that, and acknowledging that i have about 8 things I need to post about, here's what we had for dinner Friday night.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
I made dinner and we had salmon teriyaki, broccoli and green beans, and rice with lentils. It was actually quite good. But here's where the waste issue comes in.
Salmon - Prior to this year I would have bought the salmon at the supermarket and it would have come wrapped in that fish wrapping that is paper/plastic and needs to be tossed. I get it from a local fish monger (love that word) and I bring a glass tupperware type container with me, sot he only waste is the printed price sticker. On top of that, the fish is cheaper, fresher, and I take it home, marinate it, and put it in the fridge. later, when i baked it, I covered it with a cookie tray instead of tin foil, and viola. All in all, it saved me time because i never had to transfer the fish, it was bought, marinated, cooked, and served all in the same container.
As for the marinate, that's store bought out of a bottle, but we have the largest one possible. Eventually that'll end up downstairs.
Veggies - The brocolli and beans came from the farmers market (fresh, local, cheaper) and we used our reusable cloth bags to bring them home, so all good there. If we had bought them from the store, they may have come wrapped depending on what store we went to, but definitely would have been more expensive.
Lentils and rice - These are staples that we have purchased in bulk and have on the counter in containers. When we buy them, we bring our own plastic bags and then fold them up for re-use next time so no waste there. On top of that, buying in bulk is cheaper and if i had gone with a one time mix pack, it would have most likely included boxes and bags.
Otherwise, we had bread (bought from the bakery in cloth bags) and some wine and water to drink (the kids had milk) so eventually you'll see a wine bottle head downstairs as well.
Anyhoo, don't know if anyone cares to hear all of that, but it's a good example of how less waste meals can actually be easier and save you money.