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 Summer minestrone soup A simple, seasonal, supper from few ingredients. Our friends at Jenius Social don't think that it gets much better than this. We would agree, this dish is not only delicious but cheap, healthy and quick to pull together. A must add for summer. Add cooked pasta if looking for something a little more substantial. Ingredients (Serves 2- 3) 2 leeks, finely diced2 heads of celery, finely diced2 green courgettes, finely diced4 cloves of garlic1 litre vegegtable stock100g peas100g broad beans1 bunch basil3 tbsps olive oilSalt and pepper to taste Method 1. Bring the stock to the boil and allow to simmer for ten mins add the garlic ( this will intensify the flavour).2. Add all the vegetables in order of density and cook for three mins in the simmering stock.3. Add the torn basil and olive oil and serve. Recipe courtesy of Andrew at Jenius Social.