Published 01 February 2021

Meal planning and writing a list are two of the most helpful things you can do to make the most of your food and reduce your waste.


Plan your meals

You can save a lot of time by planning your meals. It really does make it easier when you know what’s for dinner and that you have all the ingredients you need. Those quick weekday trips to the supermarket all add up.

Planning ahead also takes the stress out of deciding what to cook for dinner at the end of a busy day, and means you’re less likely to opt for takeaway.


Check your cupboards

Start with the ingredients in your cupboard, fridge and freezer. Can you plan one or two meals around the food that you already have that need to be used up? This a great way to avoid food waste.


Make the most of leftovers

We all lead busy lives, so reducing the time we spend in the kitchen is probably a good thing. Try planning and buying for just 3 or 4 meals a week, leaving one night for using up any leftover perishable items.

Cooking enough for two nights is also a great way to save time. Think about dishes like lasagne, stews and casseroles you can cook once and reheated the next day. These types of meals can also be portioned and frozen for another day.


Make a list  

Before heading to the shops, make a list and stick to it. When writing your list, make sure you put down the quantities of the items you need.

By shopping from a list created from your meal plan you will be less likely to purchase items that might go uneaten.