Food glorious food
In the UK we waste 9 million tonnes of food every year, how much do you throw away every week?
Did you know that the waste emits huge amounts of greenhouse gasses?
If food waste were a country, it would emit 6 times the amount of greenhouse gasses compared to the aviation industry!
Not just the liquidy lettuce at the bottom of your fridge but with our over portioning onto plates that get scraped into the bin - or the dog!
That lovely paté you forgot about, leftovers you thought would be great to keep but didn't really know what to do with. Fridge & freezer management are key combined with meal planning to get yourself well & truly organised.
Do you end up throwing away food simply because you'd not bought the right stuff that aligned with your busy week?
How much money do you spend on food each week & how much of your home budget does it take up? If you spent a bit less on food what could you do with that extra money?
What's your experience of planning for the week?
I love planning on a Saturday morning whilst watching James Martin for inspiration!
Saturday night we might be going out or having dinner with friends so we don't plan that one. Sunday is usually either a roast in the winter or a BBQ most other times.
Then Monday to Thursday is easy - 4 dinners that we can then have on whatever night we fancy it rather than a rigid menu per night. Although you might love having that approach.
Friday we leave to chance & grab something on the day, steak often hits the spot with lashings of vino.
Knowing what other stuff is going on in advance helps the weekly plan, so if time is tight then you choose something super quick to suit the schedules. There's pretty much a jacket potato night in there somewhere but I do try to not get stuck in a food rut, it does help that I love cooking and love eating!
6 steps to Meal Planning
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Have you tried food waste apps such as Too Good to Go or Olio?
Check out the Which? article Waste Not Want Not
So, if you challenge yourself to cut down on the amount you spend on food, how do you ensure you still eat well and don't feel like you're depriving your family?
It might seem a bit overwhelming to start with, but getting in your groove with thinking about food, planning it out and shopping accordingly will help you spend less, stress less and eat better. What's not to love?