Food is a wonderful way to connect with our loved ones. Without giving it a second thought, many of us will organise to share a special meal with our loved ones this Valentine’s Day. But spare a thought for the food that is often dumped in the bin not long after your dishes are cleared.
This Valentine's Day we'd like you to show your food some tender love and care with our tips to avoid unnecessary food waste.
If you’re dining out - many residents tell us that they waste food unintentionally when their plans change. If you have an unexpected dinner date, make sure you freeze any meat or chicken that you had purchased or plan to have it the following night, so it doesn’t go to waste. If you know you will be dining out on Cupid’s Day, perhaps buy a little less fresh vegetables in your weekly shop.
Consider your leftovers: many restaurants will offer a special Valentine’s Day menu but it may be too filling to finish. Consider phoning ahead and asking if they will let you take your leftovers home. This is a great way to avoid food waste and will mean one less meal you’ll need took cook that week. Better still, bring your own containers to avoid unnecessary single-use plastic waste.
Stay in: nothing says romance like a home-cooked meal, especially if you’re not the one who normally does the nightly cooking (maybe forward this on to give someone a hint). Give your partner the night off and flex your culinary muscles by making a romantic meal. While a home-cooked meal may not seem fancy, you can jazz things up by lighting a candle, picking some flowers from the garden and even insisting on doing the washing up. Be creative and make enough for lunches too. This is an easy and cost-effective way to show how much you care.
Breakfast in bed: for a fuss-free, but still romantic Valentine’s Day, surprise your loved one with a simple breakfast in bed using up what you have in the fridge. Simply making someone toast with avocado or eggs and soldiers before they go to work is a lovely way to start the day and is bound to have them smiling all day long.