One of the things my family is working on for the new year is less waste. Mostly we're focusing on less food waste, but also more efficient travel routes, paper usage and electricity.
In this post, I'll focus more on some of the food discoveries we've made and are focusing on for the coming year(s).
Avocados - We love these little green monsters! They're good in Huevos Rancheros (which my husband makes an incredible version) as well as Guacamole and a recent discovery of Seafood Coktel (Seafood Cocktail)!
The issue with Avocados is that if you get them soft from the market, you have to use them fairly quickly or they spoil (go brown).
So first, we only buy what we know we will eat based on our menu for the week - usually just one. We can use 1 Avocado for 2 meals so it works for us.
Our newest discovery (new to us, probably not to others) is to buy Avocados that are firm but ripe. We then place one in a Brown paper bag and it ripens within 2-3 days!
How do you tell a firm but ripe Avocado? Many use the Squeeze method. However, if you use this method and it is soft, the Avocado may be ripe, but it won't be firm and you will have to use it fairly quickly.
Another way is to peel off the stem and look at the flesh below the stem, If the flesh is dark brown it's over ripe. If the flesh is light brown or yellow it is ready for eating. However, if the stem flesh is yellow green, it is perfect for our purposes.
Potatos - You probably already know about our method for having potatoes ready to prepare for a meal by par boiling them for 20 mins and placing in the Frig. Then when you need a potato for any meal, take it out and re-cook /heat for about 5 mins. Saves a lot of time and effort!
One thing we've started to adjust to is substituting potatoes in our meals with less carbs. 2 vegetables that we are working with is Cauliflower for mashes and Turnips for fries.
We're also using more Sweet potatoes for fries as well. All 3 may not have the vitamins of the a white potato, but they do offer less carbs!
Now if I can just get my husband to stop saying "Doesn't taste like potatoes, I want real potatoes!", we'll be good as gold LOL!
I'll be posting more Kitchen discoveries so stop back often and feel free to leave your comments and questions.
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