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Waste Not, Want Not


Once upon a time, I used to go organic and then I figured that I am not making enough money to go COMPLETELY organic. AND plus, some people's been throwing cold water on the fact that we don't actually know if the food is organic despite them saying that it is.

Well, there is absolutely no way to know FOR SURE that the veg and fruits ARE organic unless you are plucking them yourself from your own backyard...which I do not have.

So I decided to go local instead and be more focused on the look, size and feel of the vegetables and fruits and also placed good importance on steaming, roasting and blanching the food instead of frying them. Even stir-frying them in little oil and water makes more sense these days.

Another concern about food that I have is how much wastage there is. If you cook twice a day like I do, you'll know that it is quite impossible to cook EXACTLY the amount that you eat. Most times, you will end up with a little bit of leftover. It is sad that we don't make more effort to re-use the leftover.

Get creative and pop those leftover stuff to make sandwiches, porridge or just eat them!

I get excited when I go to the market because there are all the colors, the flavors, the possibilities, and my imagination goes into hyper-overdrive. So, needless to say, at the end of every week, I have something that I bought, forgot and have to throw away. I revised all of this by reviewing what I have in there every night so that I can plan what to make the next day. I go to the market the next morning knowing EXACTLY what I need to buy. The newer stuff should be placed towards the back of the fridge instead of the front...for very obvious reasons. =)

Have a sticky note by the fridge and plan your meals ahead of time. Then pull the ingredients together in a pile so that you know you're gonna be using them. Check and balance the rest of the stuff you have in there.

If you can do this, you'll be doing not only your wallet a favor but Mother Earth will love you more!

Restaurants, cafes and schools are already doing enough damage by throwing away perfectly good food so, don't contribute to this despairing condition. Here's a not-so-fun fact...more than 1.5 million tons of food are dumped in California alone! 1.5 million ton...how much does an elephant weigh again?? Can you imagine how much food goes to waste when there are so many people starving in this world?

So, do your little bit for yourself, your family, your health, your finances and the world.
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