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September 14 - October 11, 2020
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Andrea Siegel

Points Total

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Participant Impact

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    1
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    12
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    7
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • up to
    4
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Andrea's Actions

Planning

Eat the Leftovers

I will plan an Eat the Leftovers night by creating a tasty “smorgasbord" or using a recipe that repurposes leftovers. I will eat 2 meals using leftovers.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Enroll in a Composting Workshop

I will attend a free backyard composting workshop on September 22 and learn more about how to compost at home.

Completed
One-Time Action

Storage

Properly Store Food

I will store food and organize my fridge based on best practices to prevent food from spoiling before it is used.

COMPLETED 4
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 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Shopping

Buy From A Farmers Market

I will purchase produce and meat directly from a local farmers market and make 4 meals.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Shopping

Support Imperfection

I will intentionally buy ugly produce at the grocery store, farmers market, or sign up for an ugly produce CSA box.

Completed
One-Time Action

Shopping

Stick to Your Grocery List

I will bring my grocery list that accounts for what I already have in my fridge and cupboards and only purchase the items on that list.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Planning

Meal Prep

I will set aside time to prepare 2 meals in advance.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 4.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Shopping Buy From A Farmers Market
    What food items do you prefer buying from a farmers market than a grocery store? Why?

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    Andrea Siegel 10/10/2020 6:10 AM
    Tomatoes when in season. Yellow onions. Basil because it is hard to find package free at the grocery store.
  • Reflection Question
    Storage Properly Store Food
    Did you find that you were storing food incorrectly? Which items have you changed?

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    Andrea Siegel 9/30/2020 5:07 PM
    Carrots - I was buying loose at the co-op and just throwing them in my veggie drawer. Now I keep and reuse a plastic produce bag in my veggie drawer and store them in the bag.
  • 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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    Andrea Siegel 9/30/2020 5:05 PM
    I revived some broccoli and lettuce. I'm learning how to store produce properly to prevent it from going limp. I often will throw limp veggies in my fruit smoothies or puree and freeze into cubes so that I can throw in smoothies later.
  • Reflection Question
    Shopping Support Imperfection
    Would you be more willing to buy produce with a few imperfections at your grocery store? Why or why not?

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    Andrea Siegel 9/23/2020 8:10 AM
    I am fine with imperfections on produce, but it can be dependent on what I am making. E.g. I'll buy the bruised and past prime bananas for baking, the bruised and wonky shaped fruit and carrots for smoothies, and imperfect potatoes and onions for cooking.
  • 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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    Andrea Siegel 9/23/2020 8:06 AM
    Wow. Shocking by not surprising--especially with our culture of sale shopping, second fridges, and buying huge quantities at warehouse stores like Costco and Sam's Club. I'd rather use this money on takeout food or activities with my family. Meal planning helps me avoid waste as it is a reminder to shop my cupboards first and to consider our family calendar when deciding what types of and how many meals we need to plan for.
  • Reflection Question
    Planning Meal Prep
    Do you have days when you don't have time to spend making food? How has meal prep helped one those days?

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    Andrea Siegel 9/23/2020 8:03 AM
    Yes, days when there are sports practices. Meal prep and planning for leftovers helps make meals quick.

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    Andrea Siegel 9/23/2020 8:02 AM
    I missed the online workshop due to work. I'm hoping that a recording will be provided!
  • Reflection Question
    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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    Andrea Siegel 9/17/2020 12:03 PM
    Boxed crackers and cookies. I never intend to buy these when I go in, but then I see them on the shelves and think they look like such an easy thing to keep on hand for my kids to snack on. I am trying to make double batches of cookies and other treats that are freezable when I bake so that I always feel like I already have something pre-made on hand to pull out.
  • Reflection Question
    Planning Eat the Leftovers
    What kinds of foods do you like to eat as leftovers? If you or your household members don't like eating leftovers, are there any foods you would be more willing to try than others?

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    Andrea Siegel 9/17/2020 11:59 AM
    I like having leftover black beans and/or sofritas to roll up in a tortilla for a quick lunch. Fried rice, too. I also save all of fruit trimmings and untouched bits from my kids to throw in my smoothies.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Enroll in a Composting Workshop
    What did you learn at the composting workshop?

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    Andrea Siegel 9/17/2020 11:56 AM
    I have an underutilized compost bin in my back garden and I need a few tips and tricks so that I get the right mix.