Waste Not, Want Not
It all adds up…
Did you have any leftovers on your dinner plate last night?
It might seem surprising, but the average UK family with children wastes around £60 of food every month according to WRAP. Lots of it comes from something we’re all guilty of - making too much then binning it. You’re might be reading this thinking “it can’t be true” or “not me” but every time you scrape perfectly good leftovers away, it’s adding up.
Now here’s the good news: by taking a few simple steps, that wastage is completely avoidable. Not only does it put a bit of money back in your pocket every month, it also means some delicious bonus meals. Here are our top tips:
One smart way to cut down on your wastage is through proper portioning. If finding recipes that use whole vegetables is proving tricky, make bigger portions and freeze them. Having meals ready to roll straight out of the freezer are a godsend as the winter evenings draw in.
Freezing a big batch of Marco Pierre White’s quick, delicious Knorr beef Bolognese sauce is another way to set up a whole raft of great dinners. Throw in a few extra ingredients and voila, you could be making enchiladas, Colman’s chilli con carne, Flora’s yummy shepherd’s pie or simple lasagne!
Use meal planners. By planning a string of meals in advance, you know exactly which ingredients you’ll need and can adjust what you buy accordingly. You’d be surprised at how much wastage is stopped by taking the guesswork out of shopping!
The truth is that almost everything we throw away can be turned into something else. Have some bananas going past their best in the fruit bowl? Get the kids together and bake Flora’s wonderful banana and almond muffins. A bit of leftover turkey? Mix with a dollop of Hellmann’s mayo for a rather wonderful wrap.
Find out loads of other tips on reducing food waste and saving money at www.lovefoodhatewaste.com
Show us you’re doing your part in tackling food waste and #ClearAPlate today!