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Thinking about Waste

By Julie Norman

Friday is usually Frugal Friday links day, but today I'm being a rebel! Last night I was lying in bed reading...well, trying to read...really what I was doing was thinking about dinner for the next few days.  I always sort-of make a menu, but sometimes things change.  Last night instead of pasta with shrimp (yay for 50% off shrimp!) we had shrimp tacos.  They were awesome.  Of course, that means now I have to have my pasta dish tonight. It all comes down to waste.  Right now I've got these items that need to be used soon:

Asparagus

Kale

Spinach

a spaghetti squash

potatoes

tomato sauce (I made some a few nights ago)

mushrooms

polenta

3 "cocktail" tomatoes from Safeway.  Bigger than a grape tomato, tastier than a current roma or "vine-ripe"...

So here's the latest plan to help me combat the mass of produce I need to use up: 

Friday: whole wheat pasta with fresh tomatoes, asparagus, kale and parmesan cheese / salad

Saturday: Boca "chicken" parmesan sandwiches with sauteed mushrooms and roasted potatoes

Sunday: Crockpot shredded boneless pork country style ribs with cheddar and chive polenta rounds and salad or whatever veggie is lying around

Monday: Something involving spaghetti squash.  If there's spinach left, I'll probably saute that with garlic, then add it to the spaghetti squash with some feta cheese.  It'll be a great side dish! I've got some fish in the freezer, so we may have that too.

Can you tell this turned into a brainstorming session? Sometimes you really just have to take a moment to stop and THINK about what you have before you set foot inside the grocery store...again!

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