Meal planning

What's for dinner?

Spending half an hour to map out your meals for the week ahead is so worth it.

Start by working out who will be eating at home each day, so you know how many portions to make and avoid overbuying.

Can you stretch fresh ingredients across different dishes? Could that bag of potatoes be used for mash one night and jackets the next?

Include a cupboard staples meal, like tuna pasta bake, for those not-enough-time-in-the-day situations, or to avoid fresh food being wasted if plans change.

If you have time, you could try batch cooking a few meals in advance and freezing some, or making meals which you know make a tasty leftover lunch the next day.

A plate of spaghetti and sauce