FoodMaking food go further Food is a popular way many of us socialise and we spend a good amount of time and money on it. Yet 15 million tonnes of food and drink is thrown away every year. That's the same weight as 2 million double decker buses. Half of this is from our homes alone, costing £470 per household per year. You can help stop edible food from ending up in the bin. Tuck into the feast of events, blogs and recipes here and see how easy it is to make the most of your food, and save some money. 3 things you can do today Plan ahead. Take a moment to think about the week ahead - when will you be eating at home? Try and plan a couple of meals ahead, make a list of what you need to buy and only buy what you need. Freeze it. If you cook too much or forget to eat something near its use by date, chances are you can freeze it and eat it later. Eat your leftovers. If you cook too much or can't finish a meal, pack it for lunch. Even if you're eating out, ask for a doggy bag. Go a bit further - run your own campaign. Home Do something Top tips Recipes Blog Ideas bank Collaborate Food Chickpea and spinach curry Our friends at Jenius Social know how to make a feast from a few simple things. The ingredients list here might look long, but after a minute rooting at the back of the cupboard we're confident that you'll find many of the below, or at least, some happy substitutions. I.e. the Broccoli, spinach and nuts are highly interchangeable. You can use any colour lentil, and use the spicing as a guideline. Follow your senses. Ingredients (Serves 3 -4) 1 white onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, chopped 3cm of ginger, grated 6 ripe tomatoes ½ tsp sunflower oil 1 tsp cumin 2 tsp coriander 1 tsp chilli Flakes 1 tsp yeast extract 4 tbsp red lentils 6 tbsp cream of coconut 1 head of broccoli, cut into florets 400g cooked chickpeas 100g baby spinach Juice of half a lemon 1 tbsp sesame seeds 1 tbs cashew nuts Method Put onion, garlic, ginger, and tomatoes in a food processor and blend to a puree. Heat the oil in a large pan and fry the spices for 30 seconds to release the aromats. Add the puree and yeast extract and cook for 2-3 mins. Add the lentils and coconut cream and cook until lentils are tender. Add brocolli and cook for 4 mins. Add cooked chick peas, spinach and lemon juice. Garnish with sesame seeds and chopped cashew nuts. Serve with brown rice. Recipe courtesy of Andrew at Jenius Social.