You know what I mean...you are putting things away after a meal and there's a handful of olives, or a few slices of tomato, one little bit of leftover peas, maybe one solitary slice of pie or one dollop of whipped cream left over. You do not have to "clean up" the serving dishes to avoid putting away a single serving. I have to remind myself at every meal that every bite "extra" I take still counts on my daily calorie goals.
I've always hated throwing away food, but know if there is only one serving (or less) leftover the food is doomed a certain death at the back of the refrigerator. My solution for the "it's only a bite or two" leftover items is to pack a mini-meal for lunch the next day or later in the week.
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When you are using a lemon or lime, even an orange while cooking don't throw it out when your done! Pop the left over halves in a freezer bag and toss them in the freezer.
If your garbage disposal starts to get smelly or even if you want a fresh citrus scent in your kitchen, just throw one into the disposal and run some HOT water on the fruit to soften it out. Turn on your garbage disposal and grind the fruit! Super simple!!!474
If your garbage disposal is smelling a bit foul, turn on the water, start the disposal, and toss in orange peels one at a time. Larger peels will spin around a few times as they're chopped, helping to remove pieces stuck in there, and the smell will be replaced by the strong smell of fresh orange. When the peels are gone, keep running the disposal and the water for another minute to make sure it's all rinsed.
Of course, eating the orange can help you as well. Valencia oranges have about 7 grams of fiber (navel oranges have about half that) and can satisfy a sweet tooth. They have only 14 grams of other carbs, so they are sweet without being sinful. 474
Since I lack a garbage disposal, I put scraps in a non-recyclable container, such as a nut can or a rinsed ice cream box (with separate lid) in the frig. I put peelings or food scraps in it so they don't stink up the trash. When I am ready to take out the garbage, just throw away your scrap bucket, too!
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