Make not wasting food your new normal!

Make not wasting food your new normal!

COVID 19 has taught us all that food is precious and that we can’t take it for granted.  It has shown us exactly how much money we spend on dining out and takeaways, and also how much money we can save if we shop wisely.

In a recent survey by Love Food Hate Waste we found that over half of Kiwis are wasting less food than normal and that more and more of us are actively trying to waste less food.

“We are more appreciative of the effort it takes to get food at the moment, so we are intent on using everything we can and wasting as little as possible.”

Many of us we have cooked more at home, used up our leftovers and been more creative with what we have in the fridge. Check out our top recipe ideas for using leftovers here.

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Today in Blenheim, without a doubt, it is an inside day 🌧 Definitely a summer girl, I don’t enjoy winter as much… but to make me feel warm and comforted, I intend to make the nourishing food while sitting by our new fire 🔥 Today I have another #lovefoodhatewaste meal… Brayden cooked a little too much quinoa & rice last night and rather than throwing it away, I added some coconut cream (also leftover from making curry) and made a creamed rice with some warm spices (cinnamon, cloves, allspice, cardamom and vanilla). My fruit bowl was also looking a little sad so I cooked up the apples and feijoas with a little brown sugar. 🍏🍎 What a warm comforting treat! Could be a breakfast, desert or anywhere in between depending on how you feel!! 😍

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“What I find great for not wasting food is doing an internet search for a couple of ingredients I need to use up + ‘recipe’ to see how other people have used the things I have available.”

“It has been very useful to know that cauliflower and broccoli stalks can be put into a casserole or soup and celery leaves make a very nice salad.” Here’s 8 ideas for eating broccoli stalks.

Making a few small changes to how you shop, store and cook your food can make a huge difference and will reduce how much food you waste, and save you money at the same time.

“I am planning out my meals and my food much more and this means I waste less. I also bought a chest freezer in the New Year’s sales and that is helping a great deal as I am freezing leftovers and then reheating them later.” Take our quiz to find out what you can and can’t freeze you might be surprised.

“I’m making sure we use everything. I’m not thinking ‘I’ll leave that for husbands lunch, then find that he brought his lunch. I’m loving that we aren’t wasting food”



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Been reading a bit of info by @lovefoodhatewastenz and been really inspired to make even little bits not go to waste. Yesterday, miss 3 demanded that I cut up a kiwifruit, then promptly refused to eat it 🙄 so I put it in the fridge, offering it to her and her brother throughout today but no takers! 🤷‍♀️ Had a strike of inspiration while making dinner and mashed the kiwifruit up, mixed it with yogurt, put it in these silicone tubes and popped them in the freezer. Hopefully the kids will enjoy a healthy snack tomorrow and the kiwifruit was not wasted! . . We have both compost and chickens where our food waste usually goes, so it’s not going to the landfill. But, ultimately, we spent money on something healthy for our kids to eat, not our chickens! 😂 We already spend money on hearty bags of chicken feed for them! . . #zerowaste #lovefoodhatewaste #yogurt #frozenyogurt #kiwifruit #reducingfoodwaste #hawkesbay #nz

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So if you want to join the rest of New Zealand and make not wasting food your new normal, sign up for our free online coaching course, we will email you once a week  for five weeks with hints and tips and delicous recipes for how to waste less food. It will save you money and it’s good for the planet!

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