Meal planning made easy

Love Food Hate Waste meal and shopping planner

Are you always on the lookout for a way to bring some calm into what might otherwise be a chaotic week at your place?

Writing a list and planning meals can make a huge difference to how your week progresses. It can help you manage your time, save you money and reduce food waste. It can also bring you a sense of peace too.

How you plan your menu and shopping is of course up to you, but here are some ideas to help you make the most of your food, time and money.

Do a food stocktake

Checking your fridge, freezer and pantry cupboards regularly is a great way to take stock of the food you already have at home, before you head out to the shops.

Write a meal plan

The Love Food Hate Waste meal and shopping planner will help get you organised. Remember not to put too much pressure on yourself, meal plans can be as simple or as detailed as you like. A great tip is to plan to use the food you already have, instead of buying more.

Make a shopping list and plan portions

Write down all the things you need from the supermarket to make your planned meals, noting the quantities you need next to each ingredient – cooking too much is one of the most common causes of food waste.

You'll find it much easier to avoid excess food when you shop with a list. It can also help you save thousands of dollars every year by not buying items you don't need.

Shop smart

Efficient and thoughtful shopping can help reduce food waste, as well as other types of packaging waste. Remember to check the 'best before’ or 'use by' dates and only buy ingredients that you can use in time.

Only buy in bulk if you have the right storage solutions and can use all of the food before it spoils or perishes.

We have 25 Love Food Hate Waste planning packs to give away. Simply email your name, mailing address and your top Love Food Hate Waste tip to the team at lovefoodhatewaste@brisbane.qld.gov.au.

Date posted: Monday, 13th August, 2018
Last updated:8 May 2019
Topics: blog green