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For The Love of God, Eat Your Scraps: How To Master the Art of Leftovers and Waste Less Food

So you might remember a pretty alarming study from 2012 back about how Americans throw out something close to half their leftovers per year. Well it’s 2017 and there’ve been a couple more recent ones since then and, well, things aren’t really getting better. As of 2014, America threw out close to 40 million tons of food waste, which was more than double the number in 1980.  In 2015, we threw out $165 billion worth of leftovers, and over 20% of all waste in the U.S. is made of food, even more than plastics, papers, and metals.

What the frig?!

No matter how you want to try and spin those numbers, that’s an absolute embarrassment for us a country. And let me say this right at the outset, we at PCFG promise to never get political with our content, and as such this post is not politically-charged. But! Regardless of how you feel about environmentalism or the culture surrounding it, I think preeeetty much everyone here can describe themselves as “pro-food”.

I dare you to look this curry in the eye and tell it you hate it.

If we all like food, and we all eat food, then why the hell are we throwing so much of it away?! There’s a few explanations, some of which might be a little bit more uncomfortable to hear about (and we’ll discuss in a future post), but let’s focus on the solution here: stop throwing your frigging leftovers away. It’s bonus food. Who doesn’t want BONUS food? At the very least, if you’re not worried about working on reducing the amount of waste we as humans create, you have to at least want to up your leftovers game if no better reason than to just have more food.

 

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Happy New Year! PCFG Is Revamping!

It’s a new year, and Poor Couple’s Food Guide recently published its 200th post on the site. Traditionally, everyone looks to start resolutions and ways to better themselves, but we here at PCFG are bettering the blog, not as a resolution, but just because we’ve been complete lazies for the past month.

That’s right. In case you haven’t heard, both Erik S. and myself recently moved into our first apartment together. As you can imagine, that, combined with Christmastime, made for an explosion of busy activity. Unfortunately PCFG had to take a brief but temporary break to compensate. But fear not! We’re back and we’ve got some cool new ideas in store, plus some returning favorites!

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What’s New

  • For starters, as part of our recent move-in together, PCFG is starting a brand new column aimed at explaining the ups and downs as well as all our discoveries about getting a first apartment, designed to help out any young couples in a similar situation whom need some advice and insight on moving out for the first time. For the next few months, you can look forward to reading about it in “Our First Apartment”.
  • A new site layout is coming up as well, to accommodate our new column, new content, and to better organize our preexisting works. Don’t worry, nothing’s changing too drastically, it’ll still be the good old Poor Couple’s Food Guide site you’ve come to love, just a little bit streamlined and flashier.

What’s Returning

  • PCFG’s experiment with a Youtube channel last year was not for nothing! We’ll be updating the channel in the near future with new videos for you to enjoy!
  • Remember Midnight Snack? The column about romance involving food between lovers? Of course you don’t, it only lasted for two articles! But we’ll be bringing it back since after all, this is a food guide for COUPLES.
  • All our regular columns like Cheat Codes, We Can Do It Better, Pizza Lab, and our standard recipe posts will all be returning as well! Plus newbies like Food 102 and Musings will stay in the rotation as well.

What Else?

For now, that’s all we can divulge about the future about PCFG. We appreciate everyone’s support and are happy to say that despite our interrupted posting schedule over the past two months, 2016 still managed to be the site’s busiest, most viewed year ever! We promise to keep working on building the site up as long as you all promise to keep being awesome fans. And who knows, if all goes well, 2017 might see the start of things like a PCFG book, more IRL events, or even a podcast! Keep your eyes peeled, and once again, Happy New Year!

Sorry For The Lack of Posts! Erik and Meg Are Moving!

Many of you are probably wondering what happened to PCFG, since we’ve slowed down on our post production lately.  Our usual schedule of 1-3 posts per week has gradually calmed down to the halt it’s at right now, but not without reason!
Both Meg and myself are in the midst of moving to a new apartment! And in true Poor Couple fashion, our new digs will be at the affordable Art Space artist lofts in Patchogue, NY.

While for the time being we’ve been slacking on our posts, we still plan on keeping our promise of delivering a new Pizza Lab to you every month. So while you may only see a couple sporadic posts here and there, Pizza Labs will continue to enrich your life on its usual monthly basis.

We apologize to all our fans whom may be looking forward to our other articles, but fret not; we plan on returning to our regular posting schedule starting in January! Starting then, you can look forward to more Cheat Codes, Food 101s, even more Pizza Labs, newer content in our Musings section, and possibly even the return of Midnight Snack as well as a couple new videos! Thanks again for following PCFG, and until the next time, keep on cookin’!

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Smoothie Sunday: Pumpkin Oatmeal Smoothie

It’s now officially fall which means it’s seasonally appropriate to start eating pumpkin again!  It also means that Smoothie Sunday is coming to a close for the year.  But they’ll be back again next year!  But for now we’re winding down with a yummy fall themed smoothie.  I’ve made a couple of smoothies that use overnight oatmeal before, and that makes up the base of this smoothie as well.  It does require a bit of advanced planning (I myself actually almost forgot to get the oatmeal ready last night) but it’s worth it.  This smoothie is super creamy and really filling.  It’s a nice hearty smoothie to get you through those early fall mornings.

 

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(Most of) What you’ll need.

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Smoothie Sunday: Guavacado Smoothie

Full disclosure – this is not the most attractive looking smoothie I’ve ever made.  In fact it’s probably one of the least attractive ones.  Like, I was actively disappointed in how not good it looked.  But fortunately looks aren’t everything.  Taste is important too, and luckily it tastes good.  While I’d had guava juice in stuff before, I’d never actually eaten just guava fruit before, but I found them when I was at the store picking up an avocado and thus this smoothie was born.  The fact that the words “guava” and “avocado” blend together so well is merely coincidence.

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What you’ll need.

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