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Making the most of your veggies

When you’re trying to cook a healthy meal, knowing what veggies are in your fridge, freezer and cupboards can really help your planning. Using all the vegetables you have purchased is good for your wallet and will help to limit your food waste. With that in mind, here’s a simple guide to help you get the most out of your veggies.

1 – 2 days after your shop

Because salad greens have a relatively short fridge-life, the beginning of the week is the perfect time to opt for salads. Other foods you should eat quickly include:

  • Asparagus
  • Cucumber
  • Zucchini
  • Snow peas

3 – 5 days after your shop

This is a good time to opt for traditional lean meat and three veg, as well as stir-fries. Some green leafy veggies, such as broccoli, should still be going strong. Other options include:

  • Green beans
  • Kale
  • Capsicum
  • Celery
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Eggplant
  • Squash

5 – 7 days after you shop

Now is a great time to capitalise on veggies with a long shelf life: meals such as roasts, slices, hot pots, slow cookers, curries, soups and stews are all perfect. Options include:

  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkin
  • Leeks
  • Beetroot
  • Parsnips
  • Red cabbage

More than a week after you shop

Towards the end of the week, canned beans and legumes can be a great meal base, and tinned tomatoes are a good choice for pasta sauces. Another smart option is using frozen veggies.

  • Canned pulses, beans and legumes (thoroughly washed to remove the sugary or salty syrup, can be useful for meat-free meals)
  • Peas and other frozen veggies
  • Canned tomatoes