It’s annoying isn’t it. Aimlessly walking round the supermarket willing your brain to kick start and come up trumps with some meal inspiration.
Instead you pick up random items, a courgette here, a packet of spinach there, some sausages and maybe a few red-ticket items from the reduced section. In the hope that inspiration hits on your journey home.
Unpacking the groceries, still with no real plan for dinner tonight, you happen across an uneaten courgette already sitting in your fridge veg drawer.
Eventually you decide tonight’s dinner will be sausage, mash and peas.
A week later, while stocking the fridge from your latest grocery shop two squishy mouldy courgettes emit rotten juices all over your veg drawer and end up in the food waste bin.
What a waste.
Most people don’t realize how much food they throw away every day, be that from uneaten leftovers to spoiled produce or out-of-date goods.
Food waste is one of the largest contributors to global climate change. The growing, processing and transporting of food uses significant resources. If food is wasted, these resources are wasted too (stopfoodwaste.ie).
WRAP (The Waste and Resources Action Programme) reported that UK households waste on average 4.5m tonnes of food per year that could have been eaten, which equates to about £60 a week for a family with children.
The carbon associated with this volume of food wasted in the UK each year is equivalent to that generated by one in five cars on the road!
Indeed, at the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Summit in 2015, world leaders adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These goals outline a global plan for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. One of those goals aims to halve per capita global food waste and reduce food losses by 2030.
How can we reduce food waste?
A meal-plan and a shopping list are two of the best tools for reducing household food waste.
Meal planning means no unnecessary supermarket purchases, no more scouring the shelves looking for inspiration and picking random ingredients that can end up unused in your food waste bin.
Meal planning ensures you only buy the ingredients you need, in the quantity that you need.
And what’s amazing about that is…
The reduction in your food waste will help reduce methane emissions from landfills and lowers your carbon footprint.
And the reduction in your food waste will conserve energy and resources by reducing the pollution involved in the growing, manufacturing, transporting and selling of your unused food.
(Epa.gov – environmental protective agency)
FiveDinners is helping you in the fight against food waste.
FiveDinners gives you the best of both worlds – a fully curated meal plan and a complete shopping list. Yep, we’ve got you covered.
Every week you receive a meal plan of five delicious, easy to cook, family friendly recipes. So you no longer have to even think about what to cook. We’ve done all the thinking for you.
Along with the recipes you receive a complete shopping list including all the ingredients you will need to create the five recipes.
The best part is that though each recipe is based on cooking for four people, the number of servings for each meal can be changed to accommodate the number of people you are cooking for and the shopping list will automatically update, So you only buy the exact ingredients required for the week, in the exact quantity you need.
Now that’s just brilliant isn’t it!
So can meal planning save the world?…
Imagine if everyone only bought food items they would consume, imagine the effect on the reduction in food waste, imagine how that could help in the fight against global climate change, imagine never finding another mouldy courgette!
Meal planning alone won’t save the world, but it can be one of the superheros.