5 Tips for Minimizing Food Waste From Ayesha Curry

Ayesha Curry

Ayesha Curry may be married to NBA phenom Stephen Curry, but when the family is at home, it's this mom of two who holds court in the kitchen. Instead of sinking three-pointers, Ayesha is proud to whip up protein-packed snacks her family loves without letting any ingredients go to waste.

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CafeMom had a chance to speak to the 27-year-old foodie, whose first cookbook, The Seasoned Life: Food, Family, Faith, and the Joy of Eating Well, will be released in September. Curry says it was only after she partnered with Glad that she realized how much food she could be saving by employing the right techniques and products.

"The average family throws away $2,000 on average in food waste each year," Curry points out. "That's a lot of money for anyone."

Armed with the right tools and knowledge, the avid cook shares her secrets to reducing food waste with a few easy tips that are perfect for busy moms.

1. The clean-plate club.

Let's be honest: Kids are often notorious food-wasters. Unless you're willing to eat the crusts of their grilled cheeses, those leftover fries, and, of course, the last spoonfuls of mac and cheese, plenty ends up in the trash.

But Curry says her adorable 3-year-old daughter, Riley, knows she's not going to get away with wasting her mom's homemade meals or sweeping those veggies into the trash can.

"It's hard sometimes," she says. "But she knows she can't get up from the table until she finishes her spinach."

Sure, you may be engaged in an "I'm not eating that!" standoff for a few nights, Curry jokes, but eventually your child will realize you mean business.

"I think it works. Just like the cry-it-out method with a new baby. They cry a little less each night and then it's fine."

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2. Limit the menu options.

Many moms find themselves quickly morphing into short-order cooks to try to keep the family happy and fed. But preparing multiple meals can often lead to waste.

Curry says to avoid this, she doesn't offer any other options. The grown-ups and kids all eat the same thing. It's not always easy, but her next tip has done the trick in her home:

3. Get the kids involved.

Curry says the biggest thing that's helped her encourage Riley to try new things is getting her involved in the kitchen. The enthusiastic tot's aunt gave her child-friendly knives so she can work alongside her mom, who recently taped a pilot for a new show expected to air on the Cooking Channel. From stirring flour to cracking eggs, Riley is on the scene, ready to lend a helping hand and serve as a willing taste-tester.

"It opens her palate," says Curry, who got her culinary start at age 12 cooking for her siblings. "She's open 100 percent of the time to trying it because she helped."

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4. Prep ahead.

Curry, who will soon have another sous chef in almost-1-year-old daughter Ryan, says one of the most helpful solutions she's adopted is preparing meals and snacks ahead of time. Lining up her containers, Curry gets right to work fixing high-protein mini-meals for her favorite Golden State Warrior. One of her go-to staples, she says, includes white sweet potatoes, quinoa made with chicken broth, and seasoned chicken. She'll whip up 10 at a time and pop them in the fridge and freezer.

"When you need a grab-and-go meal, it's there," says the busy mom, who admits that her days are often so hectic she forgets to prepare a lunch -- making her extra glad to see her ready-made meal waiting for her in the fridge.

5. Wrap and freeze.

When you do as much cooking as Curry does, you're bound to have some leftover ingredients. But it doesn't matter how small or insignificant the item might be, there's no need to waste it, she notes.

Say you have a recipe that calls for half an onion. Curry says rather than place the other half back in the fridge (where it will probably sit until it gets moldly and you toss it), dice it, wrap it well in plastic wrap, and freeze it for later use.

"It can last up to 12 months," she says, "and you can do that with any vegetable. There's something about the freezer that almost seems intimidating. I used to be afraid of freezer burn on meat and fish but if it's individually wrapped it, you're good to go."

Curry's tips are ones any busy mom can follow. Cut down on food waste and cultivate a love of cooking by having kids help out in the kitchen -- sounds like some win-win advice from the wife of a two-time MVP.



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