Prepare food

How you prepare meals, snacks and leftover food can save money, time and food. Save up to $110 each week by following these weekly food tips.1

Use-it-up day

Adopt a use-it-up day each week by making a meal with leftover ingredients in your fridge, freezer and pantry.

Use the internet

Search the internet to find simple recipes to use up existing ingredients in your fridge, freezer and pantry.

Use leftovers

Fight food waste. Use leftovers for lunch/dinner the next day. It's easy to do and can save you over $50 per week.

Text 'food' to 0481 889 889 to receive text messages to participate in the Save Money Save Food challenge and help save your household money and reduce food waste.

Preparation tips for Brisbane's most wasted foods

Tips for meat
  • For a quick and tasty pasta dinner, add leftover meat and any green vegetables to pasta.
  • Clear out your fridge by using small portions of leftover meat, vegetables, onion, herbs and sauces as pizza toppings.
Tips for salad greens
  • Use up leftover greens along with other leftover vegetables and meat in an easy pie.
  • Blend leftover leafy greens and wilting herbs to make green pesto. Add as a tasty addition to pasta, salads and lunchboxes.
  • Throw frozen peas and other frozen vegetables into pasta with cheese.
Tips for bread
  • Use up bread with leftover meat, vegetables and cheese in a bread-based quiche.
  • Make easy mid-week toasted sandwiches with frozen bread and dinner leftovers.
  • To make crusty croutons, break up leftover bread crusts. Use oil and toast lightly in a pan or under the grill. Add your crusty croutons to salads.
  • Blend stale bread to make breadcrumbs to coat meat or fish, or add to pasta or vegetables as a topping.

1. Preparing meals with the food you have and eating your leftovers can save up to $110 each week if a household spends $40 over-buying food and then not using perishable items, $50 on lunches bought out instead of eating leftovers and $20 on leftovers from dinner thrown out.

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