Today’s green living tip: reduce food waste. By eating the food you’ve purchased, you keep it out of the landfill. One of the easiest ways we’ve found to significantly reduce food waste is to eat our leftovers. By meal planning, we make a plan to cook one night and then have the same meal again the next. By strategically eating our leftovers, our food waste has been dramatically reduced and we don’t have to cook every night. (Here’s how to meal plan and 11 reasons you should meal plan.)
Another method for reducing food waste? Eat dinner for breakfast! Our kids love to have last night’s dinner for a quick breakfast. Leftovers can also be packed, to go, for lunch at school or work. For lunch, leftovers do double duty – they provide a delicious, healthy meal (that might otherwise get lost in the back of the fridge) and they save time in preparation because they’re already made! Healthy lunches brought from home always keep me from going out to eat and packing a lunch saves money, too.
The trick to making this work is, the “leftovers” need to taste good. So, if the dinner from the night before was delicious, so will the leftovers be. No one wants to take the leftovers that aren’t tasty. Find meals that your family likes and plan to make a double-batch so you’ll have “leftovers.” Food waste disappears because the healthy meals are getting eaten – and junk food isn’t. It’s win-win!
What’s your favorite meal to have ‘leftover’ the day after? Do you eat dinner for breakfast?
Go Gingham Earth Month:
To celebrate April as “Earth Month,” I’m sharing a tip every day this month. Find all the tips by clicking the image below.