What if you could avoid all the plastic waste from your food and drink? Is it possible in today’s world?

This week’s challenge is to create a meal plan that avoids all plastic. We know that it would be a big ask for a lot of people to follow through and make all the meals on it, as it could take a lot of extra preparation time. But let’s just see what’s possible by planning it out. Maybe you’ll be inspired!

There are a lot of benefits to gain from meal planning:

  1. You’ll save time. Once you have plan there will be less time spent checking cupboards for something to eat in the kitchen. You’ll be able to complete your grocery shopping more quickly as well.
  2. Your mental load will decrease. Once the meal plan is down on paper, you don’t need to keep that to-do list in your head.
  3. You’ll spend less. Creating a shopping list and sticking to it means fewer impulse purchases. We can make a plan based around what’s discounted or in season that week.
  4. Planned meals are healthier meals. It’s more likely that we’ll create balanced meals full of veggies and nutrients when we plan them in advance. We’ll also be less likely to resort to unhealthy fast food or takeaway.
  5. You’ll waste less food. When we plan our meals, we are more mindful of using up ingredients across the week and we can plan to use leftovers for future meals.

Here’s one we made earlier…

Here is a sample vegetarian menu designed for the winter months. Download the meal plan here to access links to recipes and to customise it as you wish. With a few small modifications it could be adapted to a vegan diet. Flexitarians can source plastic-free beef mince for the veggie chilli and chicken for the curry. Try bringing a container to your local butcher or visit The Butcher & The Chef at Harris Farm Markets, Manly. You’ll get 5% off your purchase when you bring your own container.

Everything on this menu is made from ingredients that can be sourced in bulk or come in a can or glass jar. It’s a zero-waste and zero-plastic menu!

Enjoy dreaming up your meal plan this week. As always, if you have any questions or need help, join our Facebook Community and ask there. It’s full of Co-op members who will be happy to share their knowledge.