Do you find yourself purposefully buying groceries to prepare healthy meals only to throw them out days later because you ordered in or ate out? Don’t beat yourself up. You can learn to be less wasteful with these 12 tips.
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It’s Okay to Make “Less Healthy” Things
If you enjoy eating fast foods, you can start by learning how to make less healthy meals. The goal is to reduce wastage. But once you get into the habit of meal prepping, move to healthier options.
Learn to Make What You Order Out
Next, check what meal you love ordering and learn how to make it. You’ll be surprised with how many tutorials you’ll find online. A poster suggests, “Lo mien, fried rice, pizza, and soup are all super-cheap and easy to make at home. Learn how to cook, cut a whole chicken, and use the back for stock.”
Stop Meal Prepping. Prep Ingredients Instead
“The difference is once you meal prep, you have a large quantity of the same meal. But if you prep your ingredients, you can cross-utilize them to make a wide variety of different dishes with different flavors,” explains a poster.
Use Frozen Vegetable Wherever Possible
You can also reduce wastage by getting frozen vegetables. Fresh vegetables only stay fresh for a few days, but frozen ones last months.
Only Buy Fresh Ingredients if You’re Using Them on the Same Day
If you’re not into frozen vegetables, buy fresh ingredients if you intend to cook them on the same day.
Delete Delivery Apps
This is a huge leap towards reducing food wastage. When you delete the delivery app, you’ll be more inclined to prepare a meal, thus using your groceries.
Grocery Shop a Few Times a Week
While shopping once a week may seem time-saving since you won’t have to return, consider breaking this into twice or thrice a week. Remember, the goal is to ensure you utilize all your groceries.
Get an Air Fryer
Do you always throw away leftovers? An air fryer is effective at reviving these foods, much better than a microwave.
Adjust Your Meal Plan
A user working on reducing wastage says, “Currently, I’m on the five-minute plan. I’m only buying meals that can be made in 5 minutes, so pre-cooked meats, frozen vegetables, bottle sauces, and oils.” Also, consider cooking easy meals. For instance, you can use rotisserie chicken for soup, sandwiches, and quesadillas.
Have Really Delicious Options at Home
Furthermore, learn how to make delicious food so you always eat at home. “Make burgers, huge chicken salads, pasta dishes, chicken wings – whatever you’d want when you eat out,” suggests a home cook.
Buy Easier Things to Cook
Are you wasteful because you prefer ordering fast food to cooking? “Start with buying frozen food family size that you can cook, something quick and convenient,” recommends a commentator.
Be Realistic With Yourself
Next, set realistic cooking goals. If you always throw up your entire week’s groceries because you only cook twice, stick to buying groceries that last two days.
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