Saving Time, Money, and the Planet
Each year, American families throw away about $165 billion of food, according to a study by the National Resources Defense Council. It costs the average family approximately $2,200 annually, and it's also detrimental to the planet. This Earth Day, make a change that will leave your wallet, schedule and Mother Earth screaming “thank you.” With a little extra meal prep, save time, keep your foods fresher longer and trim down on your family's food waste with FoodSaver® . Here’s a day’s worth of meal inspiration and tips to help you minimize your food waste.
The best way to start your day just got a little easier. Damaris Phillips, celebrity chef and host of Southern at Heart on the Food Network™, shared with us one of her favorite breakfast recipes – beef breakfast sausage patties! This simple recipe combines a hearty portion of ground beef with the perfect mix of spices. By using the FoodSaver® Food Preservation System, you don't have to worry about freezer burn or spoilage, so you can buy in bulk and spend a little less time in the kitchen during those busy mornings.
All salads don’t have to be green, and this tomato watermelon feta salad is the perfect example. It adds color to any weekday! Take advantage of the harvests sprouting in your garden or the local farmer’s market. Simply toss watermelon, red onion and tomatoes in a large bowl with olive oil. Add a little mint, basil and feta cheese. Then, sprinkle salt and pepper, and violà! Keep the produce fresher longer with a FoodSaver® Fresh Food Preservation System, and you’ll enjoy this tasty lunchtime treat all week long.
There are plenty of reasons that people may throw food out. For example, they may have had to cook it all due to a swiftly approaching expiration date. Whatever the reason, we need to begin making an effort to cut down on our food waste. Christy Jordan, a FoodSaver® ambassador, uses her FoodSaver® Food Preservation System to preserve foods she has bought in bulk.
In fact, her marinated chicken recipe is a staple for any busy family! Using Italian dressing, or the dressing of your choice, marinate the chicken in a FoodSaver® bag and freeze! Just thaw in the fridge and pair with a savory side for an easy, go-to meal.
In America, more than 20 pounds of food a month per person is wasted, according to the United Nations Environment Programme and World Resources Institute. On April 22, consider our environment during your Saturday meal prep time. Use a vacuum sealer such as the FoodSaver® Food Preservation System to minimize the amount of food wasted, and save time and money in the long run.