On the eighth day of Christmas
My true love gave to me…8 meals a-planning
You know your fridge and freezer will be completely full on Christmas Eve and there’ll still be a couple of things you need to fit in. Now is the time to start eating up whatever you can from the fridge and freezer to give you as much space as possible to store that big Christmas shop.
All it takes is 6 simple steps:
- Download our and print a few copies
- Work out who will be home each night this week
- Look in your fridge to see what needs eating up before it goes out of date
- Check your freezer for items which only have one item left in the packet or those things that you’re not sure what they are: these are taking up space you can use for your Christmas items
- Put together a plan of meals for the rest of this week… for inspiration visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com
- Put your plan on the fridge and explain to the people you’re feeding this week that they will be eating these meals
After Christmas Day
Use your meal planner for after Christmas too. No one wants to eat turkey sandwiches for 5 days, so use the plan to create a varied menu – using up whatever you have left.
Again, it’s 6 simple steps:
- Work out who will be home and need feeding
- Look at what you’ve got left and which items will go out of date in the next few days and what you’ve already cooked but will go mouldy or taste bad if you leave it in the fridge
- See what you can freeze (cooked food can be frozen, there’s lots of help and advice in cookery books and on the internet)
- Put together a plan of meals, visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com for more inspiration
- Look at what you’ve not been able to plan for and think about other ways it could be used. Could you cook a dish using your leftovers and then freeze the meal for re-heating later? Are you going to any parties or to lunch somewhere where you can take along a contribution to the food there?
- Put your plan on the fridge and don’t buy more food until most of your leftovers have been eaten!