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Meal-Prep Kitchen Items to Reduce Food Waste

Want to Reduce Food Waste? Here's What You Need For Meal Prep

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Did you know that each year, Americans spend more than $218 billion on food waste? That's a lot of forgotten produce and left-to-expire yogurt — to the tune of $1,866 per family. With Stop Food Waste Day coming up on April 27, why not take a few simple steps to waste less? Reducing food waste starts with eating what you already have — and planning your meals in advance.

In fact, if you strategically plan the week's meals, you can do a big batch of cooking on Sunday and eat well until the following weekend. Instead of thinking of your week's meals individually, consider how you might be able to cook in batches. For example, if you roast asparagus, you can eat it as is, puree it into soup, toss it into an omelet, or stuff it into a sandwich. Or if you cook a big batch of fluffy brown rice, it can bulk up a bowl of veggies or complement a 20-minute curry. As for super-ripe fruits, don't toss them in the trash — turn them into a smoothie bowl or freeze them for future blended drinks. There's always a way to think ahead and eat well — and save money in the process.

To inspire your meal planning and reduce food waste, we've got some more suggestions ahead — along with the meal-prep items you need. With just a little bit of foresight, you'll be eating better (and less wastefully) than ever.

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