The reduction of food waste starts even before the shopping. Plan exactly what you would like and need to eat in the next few days.

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Ideally, some dishes complement each other, so that if you buy a pumpkin, for example, you prepare one half for soup and use the other half for risotto or tarte flambée. Above all, choose when you want to eat something. Sounds very bourgeois, because we all want to be spontaneous, but some ingredients for dishes must be very fresh, otherwise they spoil. Mushrooms, for example, should be eaten immediately. Their proteins can easily spoil. Other ingredients, such as good pumpkin, are good storage products and can wait a few days.

[p>In addition, you should think carefully about the quantities you want to cook. Many recipes are often intended for 4 - 6 people. So you either cook in half quantities or you eat the other portion the next day for lunch or as a starter for the next evening. Et voilá, there is nothing left over.

Since the beginning of this year we have made it our business to determine in advance what we want to eat during the week. This has led to the fact that you have to deal intensively with recipes for 1 - 2 weeks. For us, recipes according to Yotam Ottolenghi were quite suitable. They taste good, are quick and easy to prepare, can be prepared and also keep a few days in the fridge every now and then. A nice side-effect for us: We have chosen only the vegetarian or vegan recipes randomly. And they are delicious, balanced and can be cooked seasonally. You can find a few here.

We have added our favourites to our collection of previous recipes and can now make a quick purchase, leaving almost zero leftovers at the end of the week. So you can save a lot of garbage, especially you don't waste food anymore. Our garbage can is currently on a diet.