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Over the next four weeks, your challenge is to use a meal plan and shop to a list to reduce food waste and save money.
To get the most out of the challenge, get prepared before you start.
Create a calendar reminder once a week to plan your meals and write a shopping list.
It’s up to you and your schedule.
You could start with just planning a few dinners and a leftovers night. Or you could plan meals for all seven days of the week.
Use a meal plan and list that works for you. You can use your phone, an app, a whiteboard or a piece of paper stuck on the fridge. To get you started we have a few options in our challenge resources.
Get the whole house on board. Create a list of everyone’s favourite meals. This can be useful when you need meal ideas.
Complete these steps every week.
Take note of what you have in your pantry, fridge and freezer.
Plan meals from what you have. Add other meals from your family favourites and recipe books or websites. Plus, you can add a leftovers or freezer night.
Add what you need to buy from your meal plan and any other staples that need to be restocked.
Stick to your list, buying only the items you have planned for.
Keep your plan visible so you can follow it throughout the week. You could stick it to your fridge or schedule reminders in your calendar. Remember to save any leftovers for lunch or freeze them for another meal.
Check what’s left and plan to use it up in next week’s meal plan.
Repeat steps 1–3 each week.
Download these resources to get the most out of the challenge.
Meal plan and shopping list apps
Seasonal produce guide by Sustainable Table