We're Wasting Food . . . But Not Wasting Away

What ever happened to the “clean plate club”?

The average American today throws away $40 a month by discarding 33 pounds of edible food, according to a new study, because we buy too much of it, we let it go past its prime or we put too much on our plates (and apparently no longer believe that cleaning our plates will help starving people in China, a connection I still fail to understand).

But back to the U.S., where we discard a whopping 40 percent of food, the equivalent of $165 BILLION in uneaten nourishment annually, according to a recent report by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).  But the environmental group says:

  • If we wasted just 5 percent less, it would be enough to feed 4 million Americans and remove tons of waste from our landfills, and
  • If we threw away 20 percent less, it could feed 25 million people, according to NRDC!

Some of the U.S. waste occurs in grocery stores and restaurants, of course, but how much do you and/or your family contribute to these staggering losses?

According to the government, a typical American consumer throws out 40 percent of fresh fish, 23 percent of eggs, and 20 percent of milk. Two-thirds of household waste is due to food spoilage from not being used in time, while the other third is caused by people cooking or serving too much.

How they know this is beyond me. I’d also like to know how come, if we’re throwing away all this food, one-third of our adult population is obese? If we weren’t so wasteful, would there be even more people with fuller waists? (Did you notice that clever play on words?)

The good news is there are things we can do to stop food waste, including:

  • Shop wisely, which means figuring out how much food you really need to feed you and/or your family. Stop buying enough to feed an army, unless you are in charge of feeding the Army.
  • Know when food goes bad (sell-by and use-by dates are not federally regulated and don’t indicate safety except on baby foods, and most foods can be safely consumed well after their use-by dates). Still continue to rely on the age-old signs that it should be dumped -- mold, slime or food that no longer resembles, well, food.
  • Buy produce that’s perfectly edible even if it’s not attractive. It doesn’t have to be cute or pretty to taste good, you know. Lobster is a good example.
  • Cook only the amount you need (even when feeding the Army).
  • Freeze fresh produce and leftovers if you won’t have the chance to eat them before they go bad (a filled freezer requires less electricity to cool so you’ll save money that way, too!).
  • Eat leftovers.  (You enjoyed it once, why not again?)
  • “Mine your fridge” and cabinets for ingredients before they go bad. Go to google and type the name of the food and the word “recipe” into the “search” box, hit enter and see what comes up. Or try www.lovefoodhatewaste.com , which has a similar search function. You can always use vegetables (cooked or cut up small), meats and fish (cooked) and cheeses in omelets or scrambled eggs; soups (use a simple broth as the base); as toppings for potatoes, rice or pasta; and in quiches.

Here’s an easy, low-cal quiche that serves six and uses any type of vegetables, meat and cheeses as fillings – together or singly.


2 cups cut-up cooked chicken or turkey (or any other meat)

1 cup frozen peas and carrots, thawed and drained (or any other vegetable)

1/4 cup chopped onion (or not)

1 cup shredded cheese (swiss and cheddar are good)

The quiche part:

¾ cup Reduced-Fat Bisquick mix

1 1/3 cups milk

1 cup fat-free cholesterol-free egg product (like Egg Beaters) or 2 eggs plus 2 egg whites (or 4 eggs)


Preheat oven to 400F. Spray 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray. Stir together fillings in pie plate. Stir Bisquick mix, milk, and egg product in medium bowl with wire whisk or fork until blended. Pour into pie plate. Bake 30 to 35 minutes until golden brown or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

New York's ‘Addiction Angel’ Helps Addicts Cure Their Disease

** Only Good TV celebrates National Nurse's Day with this story of one person's dedication on behalf of others.... something we need now more than ever.... **

There are angels all around us, like Alicia Reddy. This selfless woman, also known as Addiction Angel, wants nothing more than to help those struggling with the disease of addiction. She is a RN and a drug interventionist. Her passion with helping others started when 3 family members struggled with addiction and she was there to help.

Keep reading... Show less

The Creation of Us (S2:E4) – A 30/60/90 Celebration

** In this second selection from this week's playlist, The Creation Of Us (S2), OGTV invites you to Christen's 30th birthday party where we discover something special about 3 generations of women in her family. **

The love and closeness of families can be traced to the traditions that are passed down that bind them together. In this episode of The Creation Of Us, Heather and Christen invite us in to share a unique event that links 3 generations of Christen's family in a special way.

Keep reading... Show less

How To Make Classic Guacamole For Cinco De Mayo - Unwritten Recipes With Felicia

** When Cinco De Mayo comes around, OGTV is ready to celebrate. This year we are sharing Felicia's holiday treat from her series, Unwritten Recipes, where she always has a family story to go with every tasty dish. **

Not every kitchen creation comes from a cookbook. Sometimes it's the story behind the recipe that makes it taste that much better! Felicia and husband Richie share their family secret that inspired this tasty recipe for Guacamole on this brand new episode of Unwritten Recipes with Felicia Levinson, an OnlyGood TV Original Series.

Keep reading... Show less

Honoring Service People Around The World - Military Matters (Trailer)

OGTV has a long tradition of sharing the lives of our brave service men and women - their heroic achievements, their physical and mental challenges, and their inspirational strength in the face of adversity. We invite you to watch all of their stories at: https://bit.ly/OurMilitaryFamilyOGTV

Keep reading... Show less

This Organization Feeds Their Entire Community

** As part of this week's GOOD STORY theme, OGTV would like to shine a light on an organization that, despite the many hardships of the pandemic, continues to do all they can to support families in their community who are currently facing food insecurity. **

If you are a kid and your bed is a lumpy, old couch or a cold, hard floor and you leave home for school without a regular breakfast, you will not excel in your classes. This daily struggle is shockingly common in many areas of the country and it sets many children on a downward spiral at an early age that is difficult to recover from. This is where Meals By Grace is making a difference.

Keep reading... Show less

A Teacher's Passion For The Constitution Changes Her Students' Lives

** To celebrate National Teacher's Day, OGTV is sharing this inspiring story about a teacher who strives each day to teach her students about the relevance of the Constitution in our daily lives. **

For the past 7 years, Trumbull High School's We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution Program, under the leadership of Social Studies Teacher Katie Boland, has won the We The People state championship title.

With more than 28 million students and 75,000 educators who have participated in the Program since its inception in 1987, that's a tremendous feat. This past year the team also came home from the National Competition with the UNIT 3 AWARD or the award for the best non-finalist team for expertise in each unit of competition (How Changes in the Constitution Have Furthered the Ideas in the Declaration of Independence).

Keep reading... Show less
Family & Home

A Perfectly Imperfect Relationship - The Creation Of Us (S2:E2)

From the very first day that Heather and Christen physically bumped one another at a local bar on Long Island, these two women knew that there was something special between them. This week, OGTV is highlighting our original series, The Creation Of Us, where we share some of the stories that have taken them from those first charged moments of a new relationship to their new and expanding life together.

Today, they have a life where they share a home, 3 dogs, and a commute to an office where they literally work back to back in the same room! But it was a journey to reach this stage. In this episode, you learn a bit of their history as a couple.

Keep reading... Show less

Love Makes A Family - The Creation Of Us (S2-Trailer)

From the very first day that Heather and Christen physically bumped one another at a local bar on Long Island, these two women knew that there was something special between them. This week, OGTV is highlighting our original series, The Creation Of Us, where we share some of the stories that have taken them from those first charged moments of a new relationship to their new and expanding life together. Watch all of their stories at: http://bit.ly/CreationOfUsS2PlaylistOGTV

Keep reading... Show less


* OGTV Top Videos *

Watch and Subscribe
It's a Positivity Movement
OnlyGood TV on YouTube


Get your Only Good TV Newsletter