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October 13 - November 10, 2021
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Donald Dimond

Allina Health Employees

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 605 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    186
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    105
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • up to
    150
    minutes
    spent learning

Donald's Actions

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Make Soup Broth

I will store vegetable scraps or bones in my freezer and use them to make veggie stock or bone broth. I will make 3 batches.

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Cook From Root to Leaf

I will try 3 root-to-leaf recipes, which utilize all parts of the vegetable, such as beet greens, carrot tops, and herb stems.

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One-Time Action

Cooking

Set a Timer

I will set a timer to keep me on track with kitchen tasks and cooking and baking times so that I don't ruin food.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Cooking

Revive Limp Produce

I will rescue limp produce like leafy greens or carrots by soaking them in cold water or using them in recipes where appearance doesn't matter.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Cooking

Swap This for That

If I am missing an ingredient for a recipe I will find a substitute I have on hand and use that instead.

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Week 1 Focus: Planning

Attend Week 1's Workshop

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

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One-Time Action

Week 1 Focus: Planning

Keep a Food Inventory

I will take a fridge and pantry inventory to stay up to date with what I have at home before I go grocery shopping.

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

Learn About and Choose a Meal Plan Style

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Week 1 Focus: Planning

Track My Wasted Food

I will track the food that my household of 3 throws out so I can learn what we're wasting and why.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Week 1 Focus: Planning Attend Week 1's Workshop
    What was your main takeaway from this workshop?

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    Donald Dimond 11/09/2021 2:29 PM
    The workshops are sooo informative.
  • Reflection Question
    Cooking Swap This for That
    How comfortable are you with making ingredient swaps? Where do you go to find substitutes if you don't have what you need?

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    Donald Dimond 11/09/2021 2:29 PM
    Ingredient swap are boss. Change to vegan when I am missing something.
  • 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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    Donald Dimond 11/09/2021 2:28 PM
    I am down to zero now. Yayyy
  • Reflection Question
    Week 1 Focus: Planning Track My Wasted Food
    What did you find you are tossing the most? How can you change your habits to avoid wasting this food?

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    Donald Dimond 11/09/2021 2:28 PM
    I am incorporating everything into my meals. I put things in soups and I even steam the broccoli and cauliflower stems for soup.
  • Reflection Question
    Cooking Revive Limp Produce
    What successes have you had in reviving limp produce? What can you do so that your produce doesn't go limp in the future?

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    Donald Dimond 11/08/2021 1:10 PM
    store the item in a sealed glass jar and it does not go limp.

  • Reflection Question
    Week 1 Focus: Planning Keep a Food Inventory
    Are there food items you have been better about using up and not wasting since you started keeping an inventory of what's in your fridge?

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    Donald Dimond 11/08/2021 1:10 PM
    Use what is in the frig.

  • Reflection Question
    Cooking Cook From Root to Leaf
    Are you more likely to "hide the vegetable" in a dish or make it shine as the main ingredient? Why?

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    Donald Dimond 11/08/2021 1:09 PM
    I never hide the veggies. Let them see the light of day.
  • 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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    Donald Dimond 11/08/2021 1:09 PM
    Making big batches works best. Then freeze.

  • Reflection Question
    Cooking Make Soup Broth
    Have you ever made soup broth from scratch before? What kinds of vegetables do you have on hand to put in?

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    Donald Dimond 11/08/2021 1:04 PM
    Yes, I love cooking the celery sprigs and onion and carrot.
  • Reflection Question
    Cooking Set a Timer
    How has using a timer changed your kitchen routine?

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    Donald Dimond 11/08/2021 1:02 PM
    Yes! This was the greatest.