25 September 2014
3 Ways Sustainable Cooking Benefits Your Family
By Jo Turner, author of ‘Mealtimes without Mayhem’
Sustainable cooking is the art of planning and creating meals to save you time, effort and money.
Although sustainable cooking should be an important part of any family mealtime, it’s so often under utilised. This technique was something our grandparents understood well, but now seems to be forgotten as we opt for more convenient cooking options.
So, let’s get started – here are my top three ways sustainable cooking benefits your family:
1. Saves you money
The number one rule of sustainable cooking? Have a plan. By planning your dinner ahead of time you will be less likely to overspend the next time you’re in the grocery store.
For example: Plan meals with similar ingredients but different taste palettes to spice things up. Use a nice piece of fish in two different but flavourful ways. First, herb-crusted along side some vegetables. Second created as a scrumptious but healthy pasta dish that the whole family can enjoy. If you buy a larger portion of the core ingredient then you can make more than one meal.
2. Saves you time
Homemade sauces can take hours to make, but fixing a big batch and re-using it throughout the week cuts your prep work down, and gives you more time to do what’s important: spending time sharing meals with your family! This is also a great way to use up all your veggies so nothing goes to waste and the kids won’t even know (plus you will create some amazing flavours).
For example: Whip up tomato sauce from scratch, store in seperate containers, then add in different herbs and spices to give you pizza on one night and spaghetti on another.
3. Creates less waste
With sustainable cooking you learn to utilise all of what’s been given to you. Waste is a huge problem; in NSW alone households throw away more than $2.5 billion dollars’ worth of edible food. In order to combat this, sustainable cooking is essential.
For example: Healthy weeknight dinner roasted chicken with vegetables can transform into a hearty chicken noodle soup for the next day. For extra sustainability, turn the carcass into homemade chicken stock that can be kept frozen for a variety of meals including a nice risotto.
Now that you’ve seen the benefits of sustainable cooking, it’s time to try it yourself. What recipe will you transform for your family mealtime?
Here’s to happy and healthy family mealtimes with a sustainable cooking approach!
Jo Turner is founder of Coosh Toosh Mealtime Solutions and Author of ‘Mealtimes without Mayhem’