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It’s Friday Guys – time for No Waste Tastes Great

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Simply Being Mum’s Friday Fridge

Except it isn’t Friday’s Fridge – it’s Thursday evening’s after dinner.

Why did I take the shot early this week?

Well, they say a picture speaks a thousand words.

This picture shouts, processed ready-meals aren’t popular at Chez Wright.

Despite my best attempts for us to eat processed foods for 3 days this week, it didn’t really happen.

Second-born-4-year-old point-blank refused to eat any of the meals. First-born-7-year-old partook in lasagne on Tuesday and then decided her Brother knew best.

Which mean’s I have leftover fresh pizza dough in the Fridge. I was at a loss as what to make for their dinner Wednesday. Thursday, I found some tinned mackerel and baked beans to accompany garlic bread (I’m not going to be awarded any Michelin Stars soon, am I?), as they snubbed the macaroni cheese and bacon concoction.

So, what’s the No Waste Tastes Great plan today then?

Top Shelf – Spreads, Cheese, Garlic – all in date. Fresh pizza dough.

Top Middle Shelf – 3 yoghurts, 2 mousse, grapes

Bottom Middle Shelf – 2 untouched ready meals (now frozen and will be taken to work by the Hubby for lunches at some point). Processed ham.

Bottom ShelfSnubbed macaroni cheese that’s been packed up (only shown uncovered for photo) and sent to work with the Hubby for lunch.

Dinner tonight will be pizza for the Kids. The Hubby and I have tickets to see Plan B, and will grab a bite on the way. The grapes and ham will be used up over the weekend, as will the yoghurts.

Remember the monstrous bag of treats? How did they fare?

11 items left from a bag of 45. Are you shocked?

I’m not. It was expected. I know two things to be true. Variety increases consumption. As does having an abundance of an item – whatever that item may be, food or otherwise.

It’s back to basics at Chez Wright next week. Right back to basics.

I’ll be posting about my next experiment on Sunday. Let’s see how it compares, shall we? As a taster here’s a shot I just took. The question was raised on Tuesday – How would £50 of unprocessed groceries look?

There you go – £49.94 to be exact. But more on that Sunday. However, if you pop over to Facebook, I’ll introduce you to Lucy. Again, more on that Sunday.

How’s your Fridge looking this Friday? Anything to declare? Or is it nice and bare? Please share…

No Waste Tastes Great is bought to you (as always) with thanks to The Frugal Girl for the original inspiration.

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  • mydearbakes June 29, 2012, 11:03 am

    What an interesting read =)

  • mydearbakes June 29, 2012, 11:03 am

    What an interesting read =)

  • sarah@everydaylifeonashoestring June 29, 2012, 11:32 am

    It’s great that your kids spurned the ready meals Jo! I look forward to reading about your plan B for next week’s food and also the other Plan B (how exciting!)

    • simplybeingmum June 29, 2012, 5:01 pm

      Thanks sarah – if only the rain will hold. Did make a purchase today – some wellies that don’t leak!

  • sarah@everydaylifeonashoestring June 29, 2012, 11:32 am

    It’s great that your kids spurned the ready meals Jo! I look forward to reading about your plan B for next week’s food and also the other Plan B (how exciting!)

    • simplybeingmum June 29, 2012, 5:01 pm

      Thanks sarah – if only the rain will hold. Did make a purchase today – some wellies that don’t leak!

  • Rebecca Halpern June 29, 2012, 1:21 pm

    Our fridge is full, because we had our Sainsbury’s delivery last night, as well as our weekly veg box yesterday. We get our shopping delivered every ten days, and on the day of the delivery before we get it our fridge is always nearly empty as we have eaten everything! I try to cook from scratch, and we hardly ever throw food out. I love baking and with three hungry children have found it’s much better to make our own cakes and biscuits, rather than buy the small packets the supermarkets offer.

    • simplybeingmum July 1, 2012, 6:33 pm

      So agree regarding baking. I even managed to turn today’s biscuit baking into a maths lesson! Glad to hear you’re a ‘no waste’ fan also!

  • Rebecca Halpern June 29, 2012, 1:21 pm

    Our fridge is full, because we had our Sainsbury’s delivery last night, as well as our weekly veg box yesterday. We get our shopping delivered every ten days, and on the day of the delivery before we get it our fridge is always nearly empty as we have eaten everything! I try to cook from scratch, and we hardly ever throw food out. I love baking and with three hungry children have found it’s much better to make our own cakes and biscuits, rather than buy the small packets the supermarkets offer.

    • simplybeingmum July 1, 2012, 6:33 pm

      So agree regarding baking. I even managed to turn today’s biscuit baking into a maths lesson! Glad to hear you’re a ‘no waste’ fan also!

  • Lili@creativesavv June 29, 2012, 2:52 pm

    Hi Jo,
    Your fridge always looks so bare compared to mine! I never see condiments/pickles/jams that sort of thing in yours. Do you not eat many of those? Or do you store them elsewhere?

    Well, even if your children didn’t want to eat the convenience items, at least they’ve had them this week, and for a little while, won’t be wanting some of the things they think “every other family” has. I find that to be true with my 3. We’ll have some convenience items on vacation and they’ll say homemade is much better!

    • simplybeingmum July 1, 2012, 6:34 pm

      Hi Lili – If you look closely the condiments. and jars are in a drawer at the bottom. I don’t hold a lot of stock, but we do have maple syrup, jam tom puree that kind of thing. I don’t mind them being out-of-sight as they have a long-shelf-life…

  • Lili@creativesavv June 29, 2012, 2:52 pm

    Hi Jo,
    Your fridge always looks so bare compared to mine! I never see condiments/pickles/jams that sort of thing in yours. Do you not eat many of those? Or do you store them elsewhere?

    Well, even if your children didn’t want to eat the convenience items, at least they’ve had them this week, and for a little while, won’t be wanting some of the things they think “every other family” has. I find that to be true with my 3. We’ll have some convenience items on vacation and they’ll say homemade is much better!

    • simplybeingmum July 1, 2012, 6:34 pm

      Hi Lili – If you look closely the condiments. and jars are in a drawer at the bottom. I don’t hold a lot of stock, but we do have maple syrup, jam tom puree that kind of thing. I don’t mind them being out-of-sight as they have a long-shelf-life…

  • anexactinglife June 29, 2012, 5:54 pm

    Enjoy the show 🙂

  • anexactinglife June 29, 2012, 5:54 pm

    Enjoy the show 🙂

  • Megyn @MinimalistMommi June 29, 2012, 6:56 pm

    Interesting that your kids didn’t like the processed foods! Ours are the opposite (well one is). They both prefer boxed mac’n’cheese over the homemade version, frozen faux chicken nuggets over homemade ones, etc. Our 2 year old is MUCH more open to healthier options, but we end up buying processed foods just to get our quite underweight 4 year old to eat anything. We still try the homemade stuff on him on occasion, but he pretty much opts for processed every time. At least he’s eating, right?!

    • simplybeingmum July 1, 2012, 6:37 pm

      It’s a tough one when a child won’t eat. I know. You are just so relieved that they’ve eaten. You’re right – at least he’s eating!

  • Megyn @MinimalistMommi June 29, 2012, 6:56 pm

    Interesting that your kids didn’t like the processed foods! Ours are the opposite (well one is). They both prefer boxed mac’n’cheese over the homemade version, frozen faux chicken nuggets over homemade ones, etc. Our 2 year old is MUCH more open to healthier options, but we end up buying processed foods just to get our quite underweight 4 year old to eat anything. We still try the homemade stuff on him on occasion, but he pretty much opts for processed every time. At least he’s eating, right?!

    • simplybeingmum July 1, 2012, 6:37 pm

      It’s a tough one when a child won’t eat. I know. You are just so relieved that they’ve eaten. You’re right – at least he’s eating!

  • EcoCatLady June 29, 2012, 8:07 pm

    I think it’s totally fabulous that your kids didn’t like the processed food! That fact alone says that you’re doing something right.

    I was raised on boxed and canned convenience foods, and discovering real food was a total revelation for me. I can still remember the first time I ever had real mashed potatoes… I was amazed. I just couldn’t believe that you could actually make them from potatoes, instead of from a box! To this day I have a reverence for fresh vegetables, because as a kid I only experienced them on Christmas and Thanksgiving.

    Anyhow, I’m most definitely in the “nightmare” camp when it comes to classifying convenience foods!

    • simplybeingmum July 1, 2012, 6:39 pm

      Oh boy Cat! Boxed mash…I never really got that. Mashed pots couldn’t be simpler really could they? But of course people do buy them. The one product however that I really don’t get it bottled ready to pour pancake mixture – just seems so wrong!

  • EcoCatLady June 29, 2012, 8:07 pm

    I think it’s totally fabulous that your kids didn’t like the processed food! That fact alone says that you’re doing something right.

    I was raised on boxed and canned convenience foods, and discovering real food was a total revelation for me. I can still remember the first time I ever had real mashed potatoes… I was amazed. I just couldn’t believe that you could actually make them from potatoes, instead of from a box! To this day I have a reverence for fresh vegetables, because as a kid I only experienced them on Christmas and Thanksgiving.

    Anyhow, I’m most definitely in the “nightmare” camp when it comes to classifying convenience foods!

    • simplybeingmum July 1, 2012, 6:39 pm

      Oh boy Cat! Boxed mash…I never really got that. Mashed pots couldn’t be simpler really could they? But of course people do buy them. The one product however that I really don’t get it bottled ready to pour pancake mixture – just seems so wrong!

  • Live and Learn-Toss and Turn June 29, 2012, 9:05 pm

    Your experiment is all very interesting, but all I think about is that I haven’t had a Milky Way in a long time. Now I want one.

    • simplybeingmum July 1, 2012, 6:40 pm

      Not a massive fan myself – but the Kids love ’em. Give me straight chocolate any day!
      ps – treat yourself!

  • Live and Learn-Toss and Turn June 29, 2012, 9:05 pm

    Your experiment is all very interesting, but all I think about is that I haven’t had a Milky Way in a long time. Now I want one.

    • simplybeingmum July 1, 2012, 6:40 pm

      Not a massive fan myself – but the Kids love ’em. Give me straight chocolate any day!
      ps – treat yourself!

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