I forgot to say yesterday that it was post 5 of 200 for this year's challenge that SparkGuy put on...today is 6/200.
So, I promised yesterday to post about box eating. I grew up eating out of containers...pizza boxes, cereal boxes, mac n chs boxes, frozen dinner boxes, cake boxes, ice cream containers, any canned vegetable, soup and fruit you could imagine, instant breakfast boxes, etc. Even when I lived with my ex-husband, he couldn't pass up freezer boxes and canned goods. When I left him in November, I only took spices from our 2 spice cabinets.
In Palm Coast, Florida, they pick up our trash twice a week and I've never lived in a place where they allow so much to go into the recycle bin, which is picked up once a week. While living with my ex, we would have 2 full containers of trash and 2 full containers of recycling per week. Even walking down my street with my dog, I can't help but notice the fact that almost all our neighbors have overflowing trash bins twice a week (lots of takeout containers).
As you've probably seen before, I now live with a roommate, who is a chef. She's an amazing chef making amazing food that I can only handle once or twice a week (everything is full fat with added butter or sour cream most of the time). I always cook a side of vegetables like sauteed kale, spinach or broccoli to go with it just to even it out more. She makes nothing out of a box, which is so refreshing. Nothing goes to waste in our house. If we make anything from a bird, the next day she makes a giant batch of stock. We went to my cousin's house for Christmas dinner and they wanted us to take plates home...we took the turkey carcass.
I also make a giant pot of soup every Saturday or Sunday for my weekly lunches. I use any leftover veggies, soon to expire veggies, our homemade stock, throw in beans and maybe brown rice, a TON of spices, and every now and then add leftover chicken or turkey that we stashed in the freezer just for that purpose.
I never realized the switch from containers until I started looking at our neighbors' overflowing trash bins up and down our street. We have a small kitchen bag twice a week that includes both of our bathroom trash and random stuff that we throw away during the week (like bones after the stock is made). Often, we don't even have enough for the second day of trash, so we just wait. This week we'll obviously have pizza boxes thrown in there, so we'll have plenty of trash on Thursday.
All this non-container food is making me eat a lot healthier. I'm a lot more conscious of what we buy at the store sticking mainly to fresh vegetables & fruit and frozen vegetables & beans. Canned vegetables have a disgusting texture that I can no longer tolerate.