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Creating kitchen space and preventing food waste

The lead up to Christmas is a good time to take stock of what’s in your freezer, fridge and pantry, and use up what you already have. This will make room for food you purchase at Christmas, as well as leftovers, and help to prevent food waste. Here are our suggestions on how to reduce food waste leading into the holiday season by using up what you already have on hand.

  1. Start by using up food you already have in your freezer, fridge and pantry. Write a list of what you have and put the list in a visible place, like the fridge door. Refer to it when planning your meals. If you have a few items of the same foods, organise them based on expiry date, with those due to expire earlier at the front, so that you use them up first.
  2. Use the list to plan what meals to cook. Challenge yourself to only buy extra ingredients you need for each recipe, until your food inventory starts to decrease.

  3. When you are planning meals, look at ways to swap ingredients in your usual meals, to ingredients you already have on hand. You can find our suggestions for ingredient swaps here.

  4. Look through our list of meals and inspiration for ideas for using up common ingredients that seem to get lost in the back of the fridge.
  5. Use the filters on the NMNT Healthy, Easy Recipes page to find recipes for particular foods or ingredients

Still stuck? Here are some more ideas on how to use up those fridge, freezer and pantry ‘finds’:

  • Frozen meals - eat them up and take the night off cooking!


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What is healthy eating?

Eating healthy is making sure you enjoy a wide variety of foods from each of the five major food groups daily, in the amounts recommended. The five major food groups as recommended by the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating are:

  1. vegetables and legumes/bean
  2. fruit
  3. lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds, legumes/beans
  4. grain (cereal) foods, mostly wholegrain and/or high cereal fibre varieties
  5. milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or alternatives, mostly reduced fat.

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