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How to Make a Better Meal Plan With Alison Mountford of Ends + Stems

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More food is wasted in our homes than at any other point in the supply chain.

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Research has shown that simply having a shopping list and meal plan every time you buy groceries results in easier meals, saving money, and less waste. So why is it that this is so hard for so many of us to do?

Alison Mountford knows the answer all too well. During her time as a private chef, she saw how much waste was happening in people’s homes. So she started a business to help empower people with meal plans that would make cooking easier and less wasteful once and for all.

In our chat, Alison shares tips you can try at home to shop smarter, make interesting meals, and save money. Alison walks us through how to do a food waste audit and explains why taking photos of everything you throw out for a month can help you turn around how much food you’re throwing out. She also shares her biggest pet peeve in any recipe and explains why too many recipes are actually too short to be useful in the long run.

We discuss the difference between fancy food TV recipes and ones you’ll actually make for dinner. We close by discussing how to get your kids in the kitchen with you, how to stop aspirationally shopping for lettuce and exploring ways to keep your leftovers interesting. Relating to food better starts with a good meal plan and Alison is quite literally the woman with the plan. This episode is full of fun tips and delicious perspectives that you can put into action in your life!

Show Notes

  • Ends + Stems website.
  • Alison Mountford’s Instagram is a must-follow!
  • She points out that the majority of food waste that happens in our country happens in our homes.
  • Alison recommends saving the outer leaves that come off your Brussels sprouts and roasting them into chips for your kids!
  • One of Alison’s favorite recipes of all time is this Honey Sriracha Salmon.
  • Alison thinks everyone should eat beet greens. We do too!
  • Alison thinks group action and individual action can work together to address food waste. Organizations she’s a particularly big fan of are the Sunrise Movement, Food Shift, and 1% for the Planet
  • One of Alison’s go-to meals to make for other people is pasta carbonara
  • Alison’s favorite karaoke song is the overture from the Hamilton soundtrack and wow is it epic!

If you enjoyed this episode, tune in to Overcoming Food Allergies with Denise Woodard.