Zero Waste Meal Planning


Heather Mitchell-Adams is not only a business owner, but a busy mom who finds meal planning helps to take the hectic out of her schedule. On Nov. 14, 7 p.m. at Trinity United Church She will be one of four panel speakers talking to other parents and individuals who are tired of throwing away food and want a simpler way forward. Everyone is welcome to attend.


Meal planning aims to help individuals to reduce household waste

By Stacey Roy

Those who are tired of coming home only to stress about what to make for dinner and finding a surprise science experiment hidden in the fridge won’t want to miss the Journey to Sustainability Committee’s Nov. 14 information session on how to meal plan.

The free 7 p.m. event at Trinity United Church (Market Street across from the post office), will provide a step-by-step method to beginning to meal plan that very week.

“For me, because I’ve kind of got it down to a science, it may take me 10 minutes [to meal plan each week] at the very most”, said Heather Mitchell-Adams, mom of three and business owner.

Meal planning is about making our lives simpler and with less food waste, which ultimately saves money.

Rebekah Nitschmann, a registered dietitian at Rideau Community Health Services will talk about how to make your meal plan healthy.

”In our hectic world, eating a variety of nutritious foods can be difficult not to mention expensive! I will be discussing the basics of a nutritious diet and how meal planning can make meeting nutrition goals easier. I will also touch on some of the common barriers my clients come across when trying to incorporate meal planning, and strategies that can make it easier”, Nitschmann said.

Chef Jeff Burns of SFDCI’s hospitality program will be speaking about food handling and proper cooling techniques, while Norma Wrightly, one of the group leaders of the Trinity on Tuesday program that offers a community meal after service, will speak about how to plan for larger meals.

“There are challenges in preparing a nutritious meal each week for an unknown number of guests.” Wrighlty added. “We have to be creative and flexible in our planning and preparing of food with a limited budget.”

Can’t make it? Check out the Journey To Sustainability Facebook page for a complete video of the night.

Upcoming event

Once you are fired up about food waste consider taking in the Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m. showing of Wasted! The Story of Food Waste by Chef Anthony Bourdain and other celebrity chefs. Showing at the Studio Theatre (63 Gore Street, Perth), tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students. Go to to reserve your seat or arrive an hour early to buy at the door.