Friday, 27 November 2015

Waste Not : My Week In Food

Last week I shared with you the contents of my fridge with the intention of sharing with how it's used and what waste I actually produce. This was inspired by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's War On Waste programme as I wondered if I was actually as good as I thought. So time for an update on what's gone in and out of my fridge this week.


  • Lettuce, avocado, eggs, tomatoes - these made several salads with sprinklings of seeds and a dressing of left over sundried tomato oil and balsamic vinegar
  • Left over spinach omelet - had this for lunch with some avocado
  • More tomatoes, some lettuce and half an avocado - used the tomatoes to make a batch of "butter chick peas" rather than using tinned or carton tomatoes. I had this with rice one night and with lettuce and avocado another night as I was craving greenery

  • Half a butter nut squash and 2 onions - these went into a big batch of soup along with some lentils
  • Half an avocado and 4 tomatoes - made a raw cream of tomato soup for a lighter eating day.
  • Spring onions, half a red pepper, a little broccoli, an egg, left over rice from curry night - veg fried rice
  • Pomegranate juice - used all of this to disguise the taste of the barley grass powder
  • Sheep's yogurt - this was mixed with granola and used to tone down the chickpea curry. Surprised at how much I liked the taste
  • Apples - snacked on these, some plain and some with almond butter

I only bought one fresh thing last week which was a bag of spinach.

I had to throw out a few tomatoes that had gone mouldy (they had been there a loooong time) and
one clementine that I didn't get to in time. Not bad!

What's Left

  • Some broccoli
  • A red pepper
  • Beetroot
  • Apples 
  • Chillies 
  • Onions 
  • Leeks 
  • A little bit of lettuce
  • An avocado
  • Half a tub of sheep's yogurt
  • Sheep's cheese
  • Eggs
  • Half a butternut squash
  • Almond milk
  • The rest of the juices, condiments and protein shakes

This has really highlighted to me how little I really consume during the week and how far I can make things stretch. I certainly don't need to buy anything fresh this week unless I need something specific although I suspect I'll buy some more tomatoes. 

Have you ever taken a good look at what you *really* use in a week? Would anyone like any of the recipes for any of the meals I mentioned?


  1. What a good idea to examine how wasteful you are. I know this is something that I need to work on. I buy loads of fresh produce when I go shopping, and like you, only afterwards end up realising how little I use in a week.

    1. Fresh produce is so alluring isn't it? But when you're one or two people or have limited freezer space it's hard to get through it. I started to over eat because things "needed using up" and I couldn't bear to throw things in the bin!