Meal planning is a helpful way to reduce waste and incorporate more sustainable living habits into everyday eating routines. In this Meal Plan series, I share ideas for weekly meal plans for families (loosely based on what my family eats each week) and some related tips to reduce waste around mealtime.
We are far from perfect (whatever that means) when it comes to sustainable eating, so come along while we do our best to navigate and balance busy schedules and lots of extracurricular activities, picky eaters, and more sustainable food options as a family.
- Hot Honey Chicken
- Meatballs (leftover from last week)
- Sourdough rolls from Wildgrain
- Roasted cauliflower with garlic powder and Parmesan cheese
- Skirt steak (see quick marinade recipe below)
- Sweet potato biscuits
For the steak marinade, we often use some loose version of this recipe per pound of skirt steak:
- ½ cup teriyaki sauce (low sodium)
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tbsp BBQ sauce
- 4 tsp chili garlic sauce
- Odds and ends on a charcuterie board (they always are more appealing when presented in a pretty way)
- Eat out
- Chicken pot pies (sometimes I make them from scratch and sometimes I buy them from a local farm via a food delivery company)
Sustainable meal planning tips from this week
- Scheduled a couple of days for leftovers (to be sure they get eaten and not wasted). They’re more popular when I serve them on a charcuterie board!
- Ordered vegetables from a local food delivery company that offers products from regional farmers, thus helping to reduce food miles and related environmental impacts of transportation
- Rice from a food rescue company (Misfits Market)
- We will compost whatever we don’t eat. We have a compost pick-up service that can take food scraps including meat, dairy, cooked food, and more.
Jen Panaro, founder and editor-in-chief of Honestly Modern, is a self-proclaimed composting nerd and an advocate for sustainable living for modern families. In her spare time, she’s a serial library book borrower, a messy gardener, and a mom of two boys who spends a lot of time in hockey rinks and on baseball fields.
You can find more of her work at Raising Global Kidizens, an online space to help parents and caregivers raise the next generation of responsible global citizens.