Saturday, March 10, 2018

Plan to Not Waste Food

PLAN to Not Waste Food

BLUF:  It takes time to plan, prep, and take action on a good meal plan but eliminating waste in your life will bring more value to your budget, your health, and your time.

I hate to waste food.  Seriously, I feel like it actually hurts when I have to toss something that I paid money for but never got around to using.  It can happen even when a good plan is in place, but we have to at least try.  Here are some tips on how to start to rethink how you grocery shop and meal plan.

PLAN!!!!  This is the most important step.  You must plan before you go to the store.  And by plan, I mean decide what you want to eat each day in advance, preferably create a plan for the entire week.  Yes, you will be kinda sorta committing to cooking and eating all seven days, but it won’t hurt, I promise.  Be sure to include breakfast, lunch, dinner, and of course snacks and desserts.  Planning will do several things for you including minimize your food waste.

Plan to Not Waste Your FoodIt will help you create a great shopping list.  
You will be able to see everything you need and can then determine if maybe you need to revise your meal plan to use some ingredients in more than one dish.  You can have a great variety in your meals while using the same ingredients each day.


It will help you to maintain your diet.  
If you are trying to lose weight then there is no bigger derailer than when you get hungry and there is nothing handy to eat.  You know that you will end up at some fast food joint eating questionable hamburgers and fries.

It will also help ensure you stick to your budget.  
This can be a tricky one especially once you get to the store and see all of those enticing cookies and cakes.  Having a good plan and shopping list when you attack the grocery store will help ensure you only buy what you need.

Your plan should include meals that will use up some of the ingredients you already have on hand.  Cook recipes that use the spices in your spice rack, create marinades with your existing condiments, bake breads that require the flour you have on hand, and so on.

You should also learn how to use every part of the foods you buy.  Let’s say you buy a large bag of apples. 
  • Peel and core them to make apple cider vinegar.
  • Take the apple flesh and cook it down to make apple juice. 
  • Strain out the juice and mash the remaining pulp for apple sauce. 

Look at all you can get out of one ingredient and look how little you wasted!

It takes time to plan, prep, and take action on a good meal plan but eliminating waste in your life will bring more value to your budget, your health, and your time.  You have to start somewhere so why not start with the food you eat?

Lesson Learned:  Creating the plan is easy but sticking to it can prove difficult.  Try writing your daily menu and tape it to the refrigerator or cabinet.

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