A few months ago, I decided to try to implement a No Food Waste policy in our house. We have always been very conscientious about no wasting food but unfortunately there is always something that makes it to the bin. Plus my freezer is always so full that makes it hard to keep control of what I have in there.
This challenge is very easy to implement into anyone’s life. You only need to take 10 minutes out every week to plan ahead and make two lists:
First make your WEEKLY MENU. We have our Breakfast Menu set up already, so that is easy. You need to decide what you are having for lunch and dinner that week. Check what you already have in your larder, fridge and freezer to make sure that those things get eaten first. I usually sit down with the boys to plan our weekly menu and they take turns making suggestions. It is important to get children involved in food conversations, to talk about healthy options and treats, and balanced meals. I find that they also eat better if they feel that they are part of the planning stages, We write our menu in our kitchen blackboard so we all know what the next meal is and we can get organised in advance.
Once you have decided on your menu, make the SHOPPING LIST based on what is on the list and only on the list. I know it seems very obvious but it will make you cut down on food waste and on your bill. For example, I used to buy loads of vegetables and fruit on a weekly bases without thinking how much we would realistically eat. The amount of salad leafs, raspberries and strawberries that have ended up in the bin due to lack of planning have broken my heart (and nearly my pocket). Now I only buy what we know we are going to eat that week and it works a treat.
It is very satisfying to see your fridge emptying slowly knowing that everything gets eaten fresh and that nothing will end up in the bin.
It is good for you, for the environment and your pocket.
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