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Krystal Taylor RD is a Public Health Dietitian with Ottawa Public Health.  Krystal has worked with many individuals and families over the past 10 years to help them plan and prepare tasty meals that are both affordable and nutritious.  Krystal enjoys eating good food, hates wasting money, and is very satisfied when a meal plan rolls out to nourish her and her family during busy weeks. Krystal is the à la carte food literacy project's guest blogger for the month of February.


Did you know you can save almost $1500 this year by cutting down on food waste?  Maybe you cooked too much, bought too much, or just couldn’t use some foods in time. 

 Approximately 40% of food produced yearly in Canada is wasted.  This unused food amounts to a whopping $31 billion – that is a big waste of money, time and energy!  Food waste happens along the entire food production chain, but almost half of all food wasted in Canada occurs at home.   Households in Canada waste on average $28 worth of food each week or $1456 annually.  I am sure you can think of better ways to spend this money than throwing it out in your garbage or green bin. 

Most household food waste can be eliminated if we take the time to plan better and improve our food storage skills.  My top three tips for reducing food waste (that I actually use too!) are:

  1. Plan meals.
  • Check your fridge, cupboards and freezer often.  Take stock of what you have and what needs to be used soon so it does not go to waste.
  • List your favourite meal ideas.  Keep this list handy when you are stuck for ideas or look at recipe websites like Cookspiration. 
  • Start by planning 1-3 meals for the week using some of the ingredients you have.   
  • Plan to use leftovers by cooking extra food to be used for a quick meal another night.  For example, I usually cook extra chicken breast early in the week and use it for sandwiches, stir-fry or pasta dishes later in the week. 
  • More menu planning tips.


  1. Make a grocery list
  • You can save up to 23% on your grocery bill by making and using a list!  You will end up buying only the food you need.


  1. Store food properly.

There is no one right way to plan your meals.  ANY planning ahead of time can help you create a grocery list, have healthier options available and reduce food waste.  Test it out and find what works for you.

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Food Savings / l'Alimentation économique by sherry_library