Meal Plans To Reduce
Household Food Waste

40% of all food produced in the US is wasted but,
your biggest stress is deciding what to cook tonight.

Weekly Meal Plans


You’ve made it! This page it the crux of what we’re about at Ends+Stems. Meal Plans to Reduce Household Food Waste. The answer to the age old “what should I make for dinner tonight?” We’ve done all the planning and grocery list organizing so you can just get started. Plans are organized by publish date because we do stay in touch with what’s in season, but certainly, you can cook any plan, any time.

Weekly Meal Plans

Meal Plan for the Week of...

This week I’m particularly excited about the “rotisserie” style chicken and caesar salad meals. Those grocery store chickens are chock full of additives that aren’t even food, though I certainly understand their convenience. This recipe only calls for a half chicken,...

Weekly Meal Plans

Meal Plan For The Week of...

Friday again? Yippee! Let me check one weekend task off your list - I’ve compiled a short and sweet grocery list that corresponds to FOUR dinners this week. They’re quick, tasty and simple to pull off. First up is a classic New England style broiled buttery white...

Weekly Meal Plans

Meal Plan for the Week of...

Doesn't seem unfair to have to even cook and eat this week after a long Thanksgiving weekend? I always have food fatigue. Hopefully, following along this week's meal plan will make it a little easier to get started on the last few weeks of 2017. My brother and...

Weekly Meal Plans

Weekly Meal Plan – ...

The best eating day of the year is finally here. Its Thanksgiving! Many chefs dislike the holiday because it doesn’t warrant creativity. Not me! I’m Thanksgiving Obsessed and this week’s Waste Not Meal will guide you through making The Best leftover sandwich you’ve...

Weekly Meal Plans

Weekly Meal Plan – Week...

Welcome to Week 2! Kicking off this week are delicious, super quick fish tacos and a cabbage slaw. You’ll probably come back to this recipe next time you need a 15 minute meal. Next up is a good ol’ fashioned family dinner, seared chicken cutlets with pan sauce....

Weekly Meal Plans

Weekly Meal Plan – ...

In my house, this is a perfect week of meals. We touch on a variety of proteins, techniques and a rainbow of veggies. Kicking off the week is my most requested salmon marinade of all time. It comes together quickly and the complex flavors belie how simple it really is. Best of all, this week features a Waste Not Meal of Fried Rice. Homemade fried rice is healthy and so satisfying. Its hands down my favorite meal to use up those leftover odds and ends. I’ll definitely be eating it a second time for lunch! If you don’t eat red meat, the skirt steak dish can easily be prepared with a different protein of your choice – even roasted eggplant of tofu would make a great vegetarian entree.

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