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October 13 - November 10, 2021
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Alisa Reckinger

EE&O All Stars

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 214 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    8
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    4
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • up to
    60
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    2
    locally sourced meals
    consumed

Alisa's Actions

Week 2 Focus: Shopping

Source Local Foods

I will buy locally grown food from my grocery store and make 1 meal(s).

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Week 4 Focus: Storage

Attend Week 4's Workshop

I will attend a free Cooking Matters workshop on November 9th at 6 p.m.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Week 3 Focus: Cooking

Reimagine Leftovers

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

COMPLETED 3
DAILY 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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Week 2 Focus: Shopping

Attend Week 2's Workshop

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Week 2 Focus: Shopping

Buy Loose Produce and Shop the Bulk Bins

I will buy loose produce or food from the bulk section to get the exact quantity I need.

COMPLETED 3
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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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 2.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Week 1 Focus: Planning

Track My Wasted Food

I will track the food that my household of 2 throws out so I can learn what we're wasting and why.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

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  • Reflection Question
    Week 2 Focus: Shopping Attend Week 2's Workshop
    What was your main takeaway from this workshop?

    Alisa Reckinger's avatar
    Alisa Reckinger 11/01/2021 7:25 AM
    Good reminders about different options for purchasing food - like canned veggies or frozen fruit as a way to get nutritious food when it's not in season. I also didn't know about the whole grain seal on bread. And there was good discussion about options for using up more parts of vegetables that we normally do.
  • Reflection Question
    Week 2 Focus: Shopping Buy Loose Produce and Shop the Bulk Bins
    How has buying bulk impacted the amount of food you waste?

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    Alisa Reckinger 10/21/2021 10:52 AM
    We definitely waste less food when I focus on purchasing the right amount of produce for what we will need in our meal plan. My husband is better at that then I am, so I've learned from him how to be more thoughtful and realistic about the amount of fruits and vegetables I purchase.
  • 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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    Alisa Reckinger 10/21/2021 10:50 AM
    The most common items we waste are vegetables and fruits that we bought too much of or just didn't eat - sometimes we buy things as healthy snacks but then never eat them. We also tend to waste the ends of bread and tortillas and half jars of sauces - we just don't focus on using those up or forget to plan a meal around the sauce we have left. So, buying smaller quantities and making a plan for using up leftovers would be good habits for us to focus on!

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      Alisa Reckinger 10/22/2021 7:45 AM
      Yes - the packs of buns can be a challenge! We've had good luck freezing extras. We started buying frozen veggie burgers - heating up the burgers and the buns from the freezer makes an easy and quick weeknight meal!

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      Mary Karius 10/21/2021 11:04 AM
      I just composted 6 out of 12 buns because we didn't eat them. How can I purchase less? How can I use what we already have? those are my challenges lately.

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    Alisa Reckinger 10/18/2021 8:53 AM
    Hey team - any food waste wins over the weekend? Adam and I went camping, and we created a meal plan for the trip that kept us well fed without having any food go to waste!

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    Alisa Reckinger 10/13/2021 9:56 AM
    Hey Team! Share what you're excited to focus on during the challenge! I'm going to try and attend or watch all of the workshops, plus will complete the tracking form to see where I could improve.

    • Mary Karius's avatar
      Mary Karius 10/21/2021 11:03 AM
      I'm going to stick to a meal plan better. We've just set up a weekly theme-night plan and we all have input in choosing what we eat AND cooking it.