Irish meal planning to minimise food waste

Plates of food on a wooden chopping board Meal planning in Ireland is a great way to minimise food waste and save money. An estimated 1 in 4 food bags are thrown away in Irish households, resulting in over €700 million worth of food wasted annually according to Food Waste Ireland. That’s enough to fill the Aviva Stadium 8 times over! By taking the time to plan ahead, you can reduce this huge amount of brown bin waste (Food Waste Ireland).

To get started with Irish meal planning ideas, draw up a list of meals for the week that you will be able to use ingredients from again and again. This allows you to create an efficient shopping list so that nothing goes unused or forgotten about at the back of your fridge or cupboard. It’s also important to consider how much food your family will need for every meal. It’s important to not buy too much and end up throwing it away.

Meal planning can help save money also. It allows you to take advantage of what’s on offer in your area. Knowing exactly what meals are planned throughout the week means that there is no risk of impulse buys or excessive spending. You can also look out for deals which would save you a few pennies along the way!

So why not give it a go? A little bit of meal planning goes a long way when it comes to making sure nothing goes wasted!

Happy meal prepping!