Stop Throwing Food Away and Eat Your Veggies

Stop Throwing Food Away and Eat Your Veggies

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Save money on groceries and stop throwing food away by chopping veggies
Chop up vegetables as soon as you get them & keep them in an easily accessible bowl in the fridge for snacking.

Stop Eating The Baby (Carrots)

A few years ago, I grew tired of my baby carrots getting gross and slimy or dried out and cracked. I decided to try buying carrots whole. Then I found a whole new problem. Sometimes, I can be lazy. And when it came to the idea of having to peel and chop my own carrots, my laziness came out. The thought of having to peel and chop a carrot or two every time I wanted just a little snack was daunting. I would use them for cooking but not snacking. This meant some of the first bags went to waste.

Instead of snacking on carrots, I would snack on something easily accessible like crackers or cookies or any other item I can just pull out of a bag. Also, I still had the problem of the carrots going dry and cracked while sitting in the refrigerator.

Then I learned a trick. Instead of prepping and eating carrots one-by-one, I could just chop them all at once. This way, they would be in a bowl/bag and I could easily snack on them any time I wanted. Doing this does mean more work in the beginning. You have to peel and chop an entire bag of carrots. But then you’re done. No more work to eat your carrots.

Chop & Prep Now, Snack All You Want Later

The best way to do this is to chop everything up as soon as you get home from the grocery store. Take out all your vegetables, a knife, and a cutting board. It may seem like it will take you a long time but it won’t I promise. I most often purchase carrots and celery so that’s what I’m referring to. Peel what needs to be peeled (I do carrots and celery mainly) and chop into sticks for snacking. Then put them into a bowl, fill it with cold water, and put it all in the fridge. There, that solves your drying out and cracking problem. This way celery & carrots will stay crisp & moist.

But what if you want to cook with them?? Don’t worry, you still can. You can still easily dice up the carrots and celery to use in soups. The sticks are multi-use. Good for cooking and snacking. They will last in the water bowl in the fridge for a good two weeks. I very rarely ever throw these veggies out now.

It’s also easy to take a few out of the bowl, put them in a baggie/cup, and bring them to work. They will stay moist enough throughout the day. And now you have no excuse not to bring veggies in your work lunch.


Stop Eating the Bag (Salad)

Save money on groceries by prepping everything immediately
You’re guaranteed to eat your salad & veggies by having it ready to go

I also like to do this because it makes salad-making less daunting as well. Instead of chopping up your vegetables every time you want to make a salad, you can do it all before hand then just throw them in a bowl together when you want salad!

For leafy greens, as soon as you come home, wash & dry them then put them in a bowl and put it in the crisper (if it’ll fit) in the fridge. Chop up the rest of your vegetables. The only thing this doesn’t work for is tomatoes. So you either have to chop them as you want them or use cherry tomatoes. Now, when you want a salad, just put some greens in a bowl, break the carrot/celery sticks in half if you need to, add your other veggies, and there. Salad. Done. No more bagged salads.

This also make it very easy to make a salad in the morning and bring for a work lunch. I know it may seem like a lot of work but it’s better to get it out of the way first than to have to keep repeating it over and over and over. Plus, having fresh vegetables to snack on like this is great for having company over. Just add hummus or dips and you’re ready to entertain a surprise guest.

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12 Replies to “Stop Throwing Food Away and Eat Your Veggies”

  1. Baby carrots are gross. I used to eat them all the time, then we started cutting our own and you realize the difference right away. They ‘do something’ to the baby carrots. My wife and I complain about who has to peel and cut the carrots, but we always agree it’s worth it.

    1. Once you change to eating full carrots the difference really is startling. I know baby carrots are easier for parties and everything but they are always so dry and flavorless!

  2. I’m pretty good about doing this with celery but I do admit to buying bags of salad. I can usually find them for a good price. I figure if I’m eating it and not letting it go to waste I’m willing to pay a few extra cents.

    1. That’s true and when it comes to food it’s not so much about the money to me. Like, with bagged lettuce I don’t like that it can get slimy towards the bottom of the bag.

  3. I’ve almost quit buying baby carrots entirely, especially once I learned that they’re just full sized carrots are cut into sections and shaved down. Seems like such a waste. Plus 2lb of carrots are super cheap in comparison. I also don’t always peel my carrots – I just give them a good scrub under running water. There’s a lot of fiber in the skins and it seems a shame to throw it away.

    1. Thanks for the reminder! I don’t know why I started peeling them. I may try not peeling my next bag and see what I think of the taste.

  4. I am guilty of this! I have bought vegetables with the full intention of devouring them later, until later became a week later when they were all gross. Thanks for the tips!

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