Say Good Bye To Food Waste With These Easy-to Do Tips

Food waste is that it is rife in the Western world. The wasting of food is a serious issue because what is truly being wasted are resources such as clean water and energy in food production and transportation. Then there is the problem of greenhouse gases, a byproduct of the energy that is being used to produce the food we are wasting. All of which points to a situation that is very far from sustainable for our planet. 


The good news is that even though the system is broken, there are actions we can take to help repair it, live more sustainably, and reduce our food waste. Read on to find out what they are. 


Use a weekly menu system


The first step you can take to reduce food waste is to swap to a weekly menu system. This means you plan your entire week’s food including breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, and take out. 


Once you have this plan you can much more clearly see what ingredients you will need to buy. This then stops you buying too much food, and because you have a plan in place it also holds you accountable to eating and using the food you have for that day. 

Of course, what no one tells you is that coming up with 21 meals plus snacks can be hard work, especially if you have to cook for others whose taste is not similar or you like a little variety in your meals. The good news is that you can make this task easier by using one of the following tactics. 


The first is to find a recipe and meal planning app. These best ones to choose will not only allow you to plan what you are eating when but also automatically generate a shopping list for you. Something that can save you a whole heap of time and effort. 


Another option is to use cookbooks to find your recipes and plan your meals. The good thing about this is that you can plan your food around particular ingredients that you know to be sustainable, and that are transported and packed in a more eco-friendly way. 


Of course, there will be some work involved in writing your shopping list. Although you can create five weekly dinner plans and write out a master shopping list for each. Something that means you can just grab the list and go depending on the week you find yourself on. 


Use your leftovers


Another important way that you can drastically reduce your food waste is to make sure you use your leftovers. 


Don’t panic though, as this doesn’t mean you have to eat meals of cold cuts every second day. Instead, it’s all about getting inventive with what has been left over from the last meal. 


For example, if you have roast joint beef at the weekend, be sure to save the leftover meat, cube it and try something like this easy Hungarian goulash recipe mid-week. It’s delicious and all you need are some dried noodles to serve with it, something that makes it wallet-friendly as well as sustainable. 


Another option is to choose ingredients in your refrigerator-that aren’t going to be used to create stocks, soups, and sauces. You can then freeze these and you will have a free, instant meal for a busy day.


Finally don’t forget that you can make use of leftover fruit, rather than throwing it away as well. In fact, fruits such as bananas make wonderful ice cream and a leftover carrot of two is the perfect excuse to whip up a sweet treat like this cake?

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Choose a packed lunch


Not only is buying a sandwich when you get to work or school an expensive option, but it’s not very healthy or sustainable either. Indeed, there are all sorts of issues with this sort of eating including all the packaging that is used, and the potential waste involved.


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Fortunately, you can avoid all of this by bridging your own food from home. You don’t even need to craft specially made lunches. Instead, just get yourself a reusable food container and make a little extra of the meals you have in the evening. It’s that simple! 


Compost scraps


Last of all if you want to reduce your household’s food waste composting is an essential action. Composting is where you collect the inedible parts of fruits and vegetables you use like peel, skin, and stems, storing them in a bucket in your kitchen and then adding them to a compost pile outside where they break down into nutrient-rich compost. 


This compost can then be used in your garden to grow other plants, including other fruits and vegetables. Thus completing the cycle, lowering food waste and ensuring that you are living in the most sustainable way possible. 

7 Ways To Get Ready For A Night Out With Your Partner

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If you’re planning a night out with your partner but don’t know where to begin when it comes to preparation then don’t worry, you have come to the right place. With so many different things to organise before your big night out, you need to ensure you’re as organised as you can possibly be. From arranging a babysitter to booking your table reservation, the more you do in advance the better. With that in mind, here are 7 ways to get ready for a night out with your partner:


Think About Where You’re Going To Go


One of the first things you need to think about when it comes to planning a night out with your partner is where you’re going to go. With so many incredible options it’s important you have a good idea of where you’re going before you head out. Not only will it allow you to make reservations but it will also help when it comes to knowing what to wear. Great date night ideas include: 


  • Heading out to your local town for a meal in your favourite restaurant 
  • A night out at the movies followed by dinner
  • A fun evening of bowling and other competitive games
  • A walk in the park followed by dinner as the sun sets
  • A double-date games night at your friends’ house

For more great date night ideas, you can visit this handy site here. 


– Hire A Babysitter To Look After Your Kids


Once you know where you’re going to be going and when you need to think about hiring a babysitter. Whether you have hired a babysitter before or you’re completely new to the process, the sooner you start looking the better chance you have of finding somebody. For more information when it comes to hiring a babysitter, you can visit Urban Sitter here. 


– Treat Yourself To A Nice New Outfit


If you’re heading out for the first time in a while, you might want to consider treating yourself to a nice new outfit. Whether that means buying a little black dress or a new pair of dress shoes, treating yourself is never a bad thing. For a guide on what to wear for date night, you can visit this handy site here. 


– Have Your Hair And Nails Done At The Salon


Depending on whether or not you’re going somewhere fancy, getting your hair and nails done might be the perfect date night preparation. Although it can be expensive, you may be surprised how much better you will feel with a new do and a fresh pair of nails. 


If you can’t afford to head to the salon on the day of your night out, you might want to consider doing it yourself at home. With a box dye and some false nails, you can create the same feeling for just a fraction of the cost. 


– Prebook Your Transport In Advance 


If you know you’re going to need a taxi both to and from your evening plans, you need to ensure you’re booking your transport well in advance. Taxi companies can become incredibly busy during the weekend and if you don’t book in advance, you could find yourself waiting hours for a car to arrive. Although it means deciding on a time to come home, it might be the best solution if you have a babysitter waiting for you. 


– Consider Taking A Look At The Menus Before You Head Out


Although this isn’t necessary, taking a look at the menu before you head out is the perfect way to get an idea of what you’re going to eat. Whether you’re eating a three-course meal or just heading out for drinks and nibbles, having an idea of your budget and what you’re going to eat will also help you choose the best possible restaurant to go to. For a guide to choosing the perfect restaurant for your date, you can visit this site here. 


– Make Sure You Lock Up When You Leave


Finally, you need to be sure you’re locking up your house when you leave. Although it may be a natural instinct for you to lock everything up, double-checking is definitely important if you’re heading out at night. After all, you never know what could happen. 


Are you and your partner heading out on a date soon? What do you need to do to ensure you’re as organised as you can possibly be? Let me know your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below. 

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