One of my favourite websites for meal inspiration is LoveFoodHateWaste.com. I'm a big fan of the Great British Bake Off and numerous TV chefs but when you have random bits of food, or fresh food that's on its way out, and you've no idea what do with them this is THE site to turn to. You can select which ingredient you need to base a meal around and it will suggest several recipes. I've found great recipes that I've purposely made just from browsing the site! (Or at least told head chef hubbie about them.) Top tip: frozen bananas whizzed up make great fake banana ice cream.
Did you know that in the UK the average family household chucks away £50 worth of food and drink a month? Astonishing, isn't it? And when you think of the environmental resources that went into rearing, feeding, growing, harvesting, slaughtering, making, packaging and transporting that food and drink it's a bit of a shocker that so much of it ends up in the bin. LoveFoodHateWaste.com says that if we stop wasting food that could be eaten the benefit to the planet would be the equivalent of taking one in five cars off the road! (If you're a stats fan check out this page for lots more.)
As well as providing ideas on how to use up food the site has lots of tips on how to shop, cook and store food more wisely so that it ends up in your tummy and not the bin. Many councils now offer a food waste collection which is great, as it means your leftovers are being composted rather than landfilled. But it doesn't help the £50 a month you're wasting or make up for the impact made on the environment to get the food to your home in the first place.
So, take a look at LoveFoodHateWaste.com and I hope you find it useful. You can pick which region in the UK you live in, although I can't see an obvious difference between the pages. By the way, I don't have any affiliation to the website or WRAP, the organisaion behind it, I just think it's great!