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October 13 - November 10, 2021
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Roberta Kress

Loaves & Fishes

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 996 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    35
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • up to
    61
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    135
    minutes
    spent learning

Roberta's Actions

Week 3 Focus: Cooking

Attend Week 3's Workshop

I will attend a free Cooking Matters workshop on November 6th at 10 a.m.

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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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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 1.

COMPLETED 11
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 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Week 1 Focus: Planning

Track My Wasted Food

I will track the food that my household of 1 throws out so I can learn what we're wasting and why.

COMPLETED 27
DAILY ACTIONS

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 28
DAILY ACTIONS

Week 4 Focus: Storage

Create an Eat First Area

I will create an "Eat First" area in my fridge to prioritize food that needs to be used right away for my household of 1.

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Week 3 Focus: Cooking

Cook From Root to Leaf

I will try 2 root-to-leaf recipes, which utilize all parts of the vegetable, such as beet greens, carrot tops, and herb stems.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Week 4 Focus: Storage Create an Eat First Area
    What kinds of food are on your Eat First shelf? Has creating an Eat First area helped you reduce food waste?

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    Roberta Kress 11/08/2021 8:34 PM
    Perishable vegetables and items not all used up the first time around. Planned overs, too.

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    Roberta Kress 11/08/2021 8:30 PM
    Quite a bit less wasted food. Clearing freezer of really old food & making an inventory of what's there now, what I'm adding and using has made a big difference. Not as dramatic a change with the refrigerator butfind I dodn't have as many "lost" items.
  • Reflection Question
    Week 3 Focus: Cooking Attend Week 3's Workshop
    What was your main takeaway from this workshop?

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    Roberta Kress 11/06/2021 8:54 AM
    Kids will develop better eating habits if they help prepare the food they eat. Quite young kids CAN be given tasks.
  • Reflection Question
    Week 3 Focus: 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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    Roberta Kress 11/01/2021 7:32 PM
    Make it a main ingredient. I like a variety of vegetables and often eat them as single items in my meals. I don't need meat in every meal and have vegetable main dishes quite often.
    If I have a vegetable I don't particularly enjoy, I tend to hide it so I use it up.
  • Reflection Question
    Week 2 Focus: Shopping Attend Week 2's Workshop
    What was your main takeaway from this workshop?

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    Roberta Kress 10/31/2021 11:02 AM
    Read labels on both food packaging and grocery store shelves for nutrition and the best money deal. 
  • Reflection Question
    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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    Roberta Kress 10/27/2021 6:22 PM
    Not surprised as see quite a bit of wasted food at friend's houses and neighbors, too.
    would save the money for emergency needs - usually house related and/or use to purchase a new food processor & better hand held blender.
    Might use some for special & more expensive ingredients for celebratory meals.

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    Roberta Kress 10/22/2021 7:46 AM
    Inventory of refrigerator is helpful for both meal planning and shopping.  Find I use most everything up! Purge of old food in freezer is making room for excess or planned for new frozen food.
  • 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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    Roberta Kress 10/21/2021 10:01 AM
    canned tomatoes,  I use these so often I don't add them to written list, they're on mental list. Wasting them isn't a problem as have fairly long shelf life.

  • Reflection Question
    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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    Roberta Kress 10/20/2021 7:41 PM
    Generally I find that I do best with a weekly meal plan that's based on what's in the refrigerator that should be used first, then look at freezer inventory and pick other item,  followed by checking grocery ads to fill in the menus.

  • 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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    Roberta Kress 10/16/2021 5:32 PM
    greens - got too many from CSA. Could freeze some.

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      Evonne Dennis 10/19/2021 6:01 AM
      Vegetables that aren't a favorite. We need to just eat what is prepared rather than push the leftovers aside for a more desirable new option.