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'How I Avoid Food Waste' - Natasha Corrett

In the UK, almost 50% of food waste comes from our homes [1]. Clearly something should be done about this frightening statistic, but what can we do as individuals?

Brits spend a third of their total food budget on fast food, splurging around £110 a month, on convenience meals. So what I want to do with my new book, Honestly Healthy in a Hurry, is help people save time, and money, and reduce their food waste at the same time. It’s all about shopping and cooking smarter. So, you might spend an hour on Sunday night, roasting veg and making grains, so everything in your fridge, apart from salad, is ready to eat. It means you can have a curry ready in 10 minutes (by using pre-roasted sweet potatoes) - much quicker than deliveroo!

We throw out more fruit, veg and salad than any other type of foods [2]. How do we avoid the soggy cucumber at the back of the fridge? I love putting cucumbers in smoothies, or smashing them up with lemon and Himalayan salt and a bit of feta. Cauliflower is another veg that often languishes; if you make cauli fried rice you might still have half a head sitting there that you don’t know what to do with. My tip is to either roast it up and add it to salads or make a cauli dip (recipe in Honestly Healthy in a Hurry) or you can steam it and make it into my cauliflower brownies (also in the new book!), it’s all about using every last bit of food you’ve got.

What if you decide on Friday night you want to go off-piste and try a recipe not in your original meal plan? I have provided a special food weight table at the front of the new book which shows both the raw and cooked weight of vegetables and grains. So, it means you can just check the weight, and use the ingredients you have left from the previous Sunday’s prep - be it roasted squash or cooked quinoa - for any recipe you fancy, whether that’s something from my book or something from Ottolenghi! 

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