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October 13 - November 10, 2021
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Evonne Dennis

DUMC

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 907 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    109
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • up to
    183
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    135
    minutes
    spent learning

Evonne's Actions

Shopping

Skip the Cart

Bigger carts make us feel like we need to fill them! Use a hand basket to improve grocery store discipline and prevent over-purchasing.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Week 3 Focus: Cooking

Reimagine Leftovers

I will learn about how to repurpose my leftovers into new meals and then try it.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Planning

Try a Food Tracking App

I will download and use an app that helps me track and manage my food.

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Planning

Plant a Garden

I will plant an herb or vegetable garden at my home or community garden.

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Week 2 Focus: Shopping

Attend Week 2's Workshop

I will attend a free Cooking Matters workshop on October 29th at 12 p.m.

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Week 2 Focus: Shopping

Scrutinize Deals

I will resist the suggestion to buy the quantity advertised on sale and only buy what I know I will eat.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Week 2 Focus: Shopping

Stick to Your Grocery List

I will only purchase the items on my grocery list and avoid impulse purchases.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Week 1 Focus: Planning

Create a Weekly Meal Plan

I will reduce food waste and save money by planning a weekly menu of meals and ingredients for my household of 3.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Week 1 Focus: Planning

Attend Week 1's Workshop

I will attend a free Cooking Matters workshop on October 20th at 6 p.m.

Completed
One-Time Action

Week 1 Focus: Planning

Learn About and Choose a Meal Plan Style

I will explore different meal plan techniques and choose one that works for my household.

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One-Time Action

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    Evonne Dennis 11/10/2021 4:17 AM
    I have really learned a lot, thank you.

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    Evonne Dennis 11/06/2021 6:25 AM
    Failed miserably at this today, but at least the extra shopping was for freezer items that will keep. 
  • Reflection Question
    Week 2 Focus: Shopping Attend Week 2's Workshop
    What was your main takeaway from this workshop?

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    Evonne Dennis 11/05/2021 2:43 PM
    I liked that she didn't use a premade seasoning packet for the taco meat. Also, I will try the greek yougert sub for sour cream next time we have tacos.
  • Reflection Question
    Week 3 Focus: Cooking Reimagine Leftovers
    How have you modified what you do with leftovers to make sure nothing goes to waste?

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    Evonne Dennis 11/05/2021 2:41 PM
    I put them all on the counter one night as a first come first serve buffet. First in line gets their choice of which leftovers to take.
  • Reflection Question
    Shopping Skip the Cart
    Reflecting on how your grocery trips have gone in the past: do you fill up your cart? Do you think you can fit everything you need into a smaller cart or a basket?

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    Evonne Dennis 11/05/2021 2:40 PM
    I usually take a basket, hoping I don't fill it. Usually that works...
  • Reflection Question
    Week 2 Focus: Shopping Scrutinize Deals
    Are you someone who typically chooses what you buy based on what is on sale? How can you make sure you don't buy more than what you need?

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    Evonne Dennis 10/26/2021 6:41 AM
    I definitely shop by the ad. I do have some pantry space, so I will stock up on staple items that don't go bad. I have learned that keeping an inventory sheet is necessary for this style of purchasing to keep items rotated and fresh.
  • Reflection Question
    Week 2 Focus: Shopping Stick to Your Grocery List
    What are some of the things you typically buy that you weren't on your list? How do you think you might limit some of those purchases?

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    Evonne Dennis 10/26/2021 6:40 AM
    This one is hard for me. I tend to either impulse buy.
  • Reflection Question
    Planning Plant a Garden
    Besides having access to fresh herbs and vegetables, what benefits will you see from growing your own garden?

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    Evonne Dennis 10/26/2021 6:34 AM
    I will save money not buying fresh produce I can generate myself, and I can pick only what I will use, or at the end of the season I can freeze/can excess.
  • Reflection Question
    Week 1 Focus: Planning Learn About and Choose a Meal Plan Style
    What meal plan method works for you and why? Have you tried some in the past that didn't work?

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    Evonne Dennis 10/23/2021 1:02 PM
    I have tried the weekly plans with shopping lists, but either my family doesn't like the meal, or I just don't have the energy to cook some of the planned menus. Then the food goes to waste.
  • Reflection Question
    Week 1 Focus: Planning Create a Weekly Meal Plan
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. Does this surprise you? Where would you rather use this money? How has meal planning helped you avoid waste?

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    Evonne Dennis 10/23/2021 1:00 PM
    Planning is helping me realize what I have on hand and plan meals around what we have. I save money by not tossing food that outdates, and also not buying additional groceries we don't need.