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World Environment Day: Meal Plans to help you #ThinkEatSave

World Environmental Day (WED) is coming up on June 5, 2013.  This year's Think*Eat*Save theme encourages action against food waste, and food loss. If you haven't visited the UNEP website yet, with it's wealth of ideas for combating food waste, I suggest you visit today!  With so many ways to meet this Think*Eat*Save challenge, there is something for everyone. Check out some of our favorite ideas below, then leave us a comment on how YOU can eliminate food waste and food loss in your own home or community.

"It takes only a few simple steps to easily green your daily routine and make good eco behavior into a habit!" - UNEP

Ideas for Eliminating Food Waste: Come up with a weekly Meal Plan -  Deciding ahead of time what you will eat for the week saves food from spoiling before you have the chance to use it.  For example, if you're planning to make Guacamole with your Sat. meal, you'll likely purchase firm avocados at the beginning of the week, so they'll be ripe in time for Sat.'s meal, but NOT before.  Meal plans save time, money and waste.  Here is an example meal plan from our house.

 

Other Tips to help you Think*Eat*Save:

    • * Involve the whole family when creating this weekly meal plan.  If there are children in your home, they will more likely eat, and thereby not waste food when they have the opportunity to join in the meal planning.
    • * Compost the leftover food scraps.  Check out these articles on composting from Tree Hugger. And watch this short video clip that explains it all:

  • * Choose your food wisely.  Most of us choose what foods to eat for the sake of our own health.  Some of us additionally take into account global health. We may choose Organic foods for example for our personal health, the health of the farmers who grow the food & the land used to grow the food on. Still others take additional issues into consideration such as purchasing local foods to help local economy & refrain from contributing to greenhouse gas emissions from foods being shipped from across the world.
  • * Spread the word. Whether by teaching the children in your home, talking with friends, posting a blog article or utilizing social media - Help share the Anti-Food waste message. This message has implcations for all of us!

"Think before you eat and help save our environment!" - UNEP

Looking for the recipe's we used when creating this delicious meals?  Stay tuned! We'll be posting them & linking back to this meal plan for your future reference.

One of our contributions to World Environment Day will be posting weekly meal plans & recipe's for our readers each Sunday.  We hope to inspire you to create meal plans in your homes & Think*Eat*Save.

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Check out these related Organic Times articles on Sustainable Food Systems:

Regional Food System Planning and Development

Solving the Eat Local Challenge

From Garden To Market

Farmers Market Tip #1

Farmers Market Tip #2

  • Kelly A. Tanner

    I feel so bad, I never make meal plans! I need to get better at this!

  • Peggy Greco

    i use leftovers and try to use water frugally, also.

  • Jacquie

    This is very inspiring. I can't wait to try some of the ideas that are here. I travel so much for work, I hope to incorporate more home-made food and this seems like a good start!

  • Becky I.

    Making meal plans ahead of time saves time at home and at the store. It also makes it easier to make things from "scratch" if you have a plan ahead of time--you'll be less tempted to buy the fast food!

  • Lauren Rochon

    Thank you so much for this post! We compost at our house, and often use leftovers to create several different meals throughout the week. I had not thought about actually making meal plans. That is a great idea, I will have to try it.

  • desiree

    this is great idea i now gradn use to do this for all of the kid woudl come and eat all the time at her house

  • terri tillman

    i watched that video. oh my gosh. those stats are horrific. i also shared the video and your article on my fb page. i have been wanting to make my own compost pile for several years now. i absolutely hate, hate, hate throwing stuff out that i know can be composted. the problem is that i dont live in one place long enough to get one done. i did not know that there are places that you can take your stuff to. i will be checking that out for my area.

  • http://www.facebook.com/natalie.parvis Natalie Parvis

    Thanks for the meal plan. These recipes sound great.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tamara.galbraith.smith Tamara Galbraith Smith

    Liked your article too Ricky!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ricky.mardiansyah Ricky Mardiansyah

    Very interesting! :)
    Cheers from Indonesia :)
    http://rickylicious.blogspot.com/2013/02/if-food-had-feelings.html

  • http://www.facebook.com/jenlcrum Jennifer Billey Crum

    Thanks for the great meal plan!

  • http://www.2wired2tired.com Tesa @ 2 Wired 2 Tired

    I love the idea of including the whole family in on the meal planning. Sometimes it seems a bit overwhelming but if I had their help it might be easier and more fun

  • http://www.ecoincognito.com Jeannette

    Great ideas to compost and plan meals in advance. They help us cut back on food waste, too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kfwheeler Kristin Fenix Wheeler

    We compost in the back! I have a composter. Ever since I went and learn about the 4 R's I started! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and ROT!

  • http://www.facebook.com/alaina.bullock Alaina Bullock

    We always try to reuse any left overs, then compost whatever else is left!

  • http://www.facebook.com/smith.melissa.sara Melissa Smith

    What a great post! These are good tips, and I have another one: If something you make doesn't work out or is no longer appetizing, don't just throw it out. Sick of chili? Turn it into chili mac. Tired of baked chicken? Take the rest and make soup.

    For example. I made a bunch of stuffed peppers this weekend and they came out awful--not edible. I didn't want to throw out the food, so I repurposed most of the pieces of the meal and was able to make something really yummy. For me, the issue was not wanting to waste the money, but I also hate the idea of throwing out food.

    What other tips do your readers have?

  • http://www.happy-mothering.com Chrystal @ Happy Mothering

    Thanks for all of the tips Tamara. We try to do a lot of the same things.

  • Nicole w/ Mama to 4 Blessings

    sounds delicious, especially since the ingredients are healthy and natural . I am a big fan of not wasting. Thank you for sharing!

  • http://www.thevintagemom.com Lauryn

    I love these idea. Your meal plan looks delicious and creating one certainly does reduce food waste!

  • http://www.silentsprings.com/blog Tamara

    Yes! We often "recycle" old dishes into new ones! When planning meals I like to take that into account as well. If I plan curry and rice on 1 day, then next day I'll make a burrito bar and use the leftover rice from the day before!

  • http://www.silentsprings.com/blog Tamara

    I WISH we had chickens!

  • http://intoxicatedonlife.com Trisha

    Thank you for sharing these ideas with us on our Wellness Wednesday link-up. I've found meal planning to have really cut down on our food waste. It makes a ton of difference!

  • http://www.growingslower.com Shannon @ GrowingSlower

    Now that we have chickens they eat up most of our extra food scraps and the rest goes to compost. Nothing is put to waste.

  • http://mywildcrazylife.blogspot.com Allyson Bossie

    I love your ideas on eliminating waste! We take our food scraps and either compost them (outside) or we give them to the chickens since they really love to eat veggie and fruit scraps. Also, I love to take leftovers every few days and either create a casserole or soup out of them which also saves money as well as prevents waste!

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