Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Trim your waste (and your waist)

I'm off today for a whirlwind tour - I have three weddings to attend in the next three weeks, for two great friends as well as my brother. It should be a lot of fun with a lot of opportunities to catch up with friends and family I haven't seen in a long time. I hope to be able to post over the next three weeks, but at best, it will be sporadic.

In the meantime, I'll leave you with a quick tip. When eating in restuarants lately with the picky eater, we've noticed that we often don't need to both order our own entree. We'll start with an appetizer to share, then move on to one entree, and then if we're still hungry, we'll order something else. Sure, it takes a bit longer, but the point of going out to a restuarant with somebody else is often to spend quality time anyway, right?

This method reduces our waste and saves us money, in addition to giving us a little extra time to linger and chat - I can't complain about any of that.


Lewru said...

I like the idea of adding time to the evening. That's lovely!

Green Resolutions said...

ha! now that our son is almost 2, we practically order on the way to the table to cut down on how much time we will have to entertain him!

but i'll have to remember this for nights we have a babysitter. sounds like a great way to save room for dessert!

Green Bean said...

Great point. Like Green Resolutions, we can only do this sans kids. We did happen to do this on our last date night though and ended up not needing the entree. If we had ordered it, I definitely would have eaten it!

eco 'burban mom said...

Agreed! And, I am lucky enough to have a gaggle of kids, so if my hubby doesn't want to share, chances are I have a big kid who would much rather get half of an adult meal than a "little kiddie meal". My kids have also put this theory to use - splitting and appetizer and then splitting an adult entree amongst the three oldest boys means they get more food than a kiddie meal and we only fork out cash for two adult sized items and not a single scrap is ever wasted!

Melissa said...

lewru, that's my favorite part :)

green resolutions, you know, I don't have kids so I didn't think about that but now that you mention it, this is a really good point. dessert is a big factor in my motivation to eat less dinner. sad isn't it?

green bean, yeah, I suppose we should probably go out to eat as much as we can while we still have no kids, huh? and enjoy it while we can :)

eco burban mom, with 4 boys I bet you'd be hard pressed to have meals go unfinished this way! I have two brothers and I remember growing up having to watch my plate closely so things didn't go missing!!