Here's a current review of my status in keeping up with my New Year's Resolutions. One idea is that I used fresh limes (which I bought for the Vitamin C when I was sick) to decorate our dining table. Perhaps not what I meant by "not wasting food," but I find that looking at them brightens my mood. And environment is such a part of a healthy, holistic lifestyle.
Resolution Number 1: I'm afraid that cleaning hasn't yet been a big priority for the new year. Currently, my desk still has boxes of Christmas decorations sitting on top of it so that I must sit at the kitchen table to write and research. However, I am off from work tomorrow and will aim to make a large dent in cleaning out the cabinets. One thing I feel I have done successfully in the last few weeks is to grocery shop only every other week. This is lowering our grocery bill and gives me opportunity to eat up all the horded food in the cabinets and fridge. Although, I suppose the giant box of Quaker Oatmeal from Costco wasn't a wise investment for space because it has no home and sits in the middle of the floor outside the pantry door. But, tomorrow, it MUST come together. A good part of me can't stand too much dirtiness and disorganization.
Resolution Number 2: The New Year started out with a bang because I had a ridiculous allergy attack/cold. The result of that was my lack of energy to consider cooking and reviewing the items in my refrigerator. I lost two yellow squashes because I didn't get up the energy soon enough to cut them and freeze them. I lost a half a block of tofu. I never knew it spoiled, but now I have evidence that it does. Perhaps one day we can talk my friend, Patty, into sharing a guest post on how she saves her tofu before it classifies only as garbage. Also, because I am the only one in the house who drinks milk and because I don't drink milk when I have a sore throat, I lost about 16 oz. milk. Then, there's the Friday night that Paul told me he was in charge of dinner and wanted a half a cup of popcorn cooked to go with the strawberries, pineapple, and crackers with peanut butter or cheese. I asked if he was sure, but I don't think he realized what he was committing to. There is half a stainless steel bowl of cooked popcorn that will meet the City trash man tomorrow.
Resolution Number 3: Paul has a coworker who has seen Ratatouille enough with his kid that he thought it was about time he cooked the dish. I found a recipe for it, and Frank and Emily will join us Sunday for lunch. We will meet first at the Maitland Farmer's Market to pick out our vegetables, and after playing on the swing set, we'll head home and see if the meal is better or worse than the movie. We have also discussed having someone over for lunch Saturday afternoon. We just haven't thought of anyone, yet.
Obviously, if I can't get the top one or two, how can I possibly be working on number four? Well, it hasn't been exceptionally successful. Currently, I have a list in my head of foods I have in the cabinets and freezer that need to used. I go through that list at some point during the day and decide which one sounds good for dinner. After we are out of that item, I scratch it off the list and move on. My office, a cardiology clinic, is creating a wellness program to prevent heart disease and to improve quality of life. Meal planning is a part of that program, which means that by the time I am finished with the "Employee Trial Program," I will have plenty of experience planning menus on paper.
The jury is still out on how I think I am doing. But, I will keep plugging away. How about you? Made any resolutions you are proud of or wish you hadn't have made?