If there is one thing I hate, it is throwing food away! I see it as I am throwing money in the bin which we would never do.
I am concerned about the amount of food that we waste and am always trying to cut it down. I do this in a number of ways.
Firstly, I meal plan!
The weekly meal plan that I do has definitely reduced the amount of food that we throw in the bin. This is due to buying only what I am going to need for the weeks meals but also looking in my fridge and deciding what needs using and adapting my meal plans around it.
Secondly, I use leftovers the following day!
Leftovers make some delicious meals, in fact I often find they make some of the best meals!
Thirdly, I freeze!
If there are any leftovers which I am not going to use the next day I bag them up, label the bag and freeze for another day.
When the hubby saw that The Guardian were running a new campaign he had a look and when he saw that this months challenge is "Reduce Food Waste" he knew that I would be interested!
I have signed us up for the Live Better Challenge . The campaign is running for 7 months in the aim to help us live a little better and think about how we live.
I will keep you up to date on what the challenges are over the next 7 months and how we are getting on.
This week the challenge is to have zero food waste!
Can we do it?
I really do not know, but we will give it our best shot!
Here is this weeks meal plans...
Week Commencing 17th March 2014
Meatballs and pasta
I am making beef, sausage meat, red onions and herb meatballs. They will be in an onion, garlic and herb sauce with mushroom and served with pasta.Any left over pasta will be used the following day to make a pasta salad for lunch.
This is my trusted cottage pie recipe and is full of vegetables!If there are any meatballs left over they will be chopped up and added to the cottage pie sauce.
Any cottage pie leftovers will be kept and given to the twins for lunch the following day.
Smoked Gammon Joint
I will be honey roasting the gammon joint and serving with potatoes and vegetables.
Any leftover gammon will be used for sandwiches the following day.
This is a new idea. We have got some lovely Lincolnshire Poached cheese which needs to be used so I am going to stuff chicken breasts with mushrooms, garlic and Lincolnshire Poacher. It will be served with potatoes and roasted root vegetables.
Any leftovers will be given to the twins for their lunch the following day.
This is my hubbys favourite! When I do the weekly shopping I will buy a couple of different varieties of mushrooms to make this risotto and serve with garlic bread.
Normally there are not any leftovers with this meal!
Tuna Pasta Bake
This is a great, quick meal and always goes down a treat!
As before if there is any leftover pasta it will be kept for a pasta salad for the following day and and leftover pasta bake will be the twins lunch.
I am really hopeful that we have a successful week. I will let you know how we get on!
Have a lovely week x
I am sharing my meal plan with At Home With Mrs M's Meal Planning Monday have a look for more meal planning inspiration!