“Eat it or starve.” We’ve all been there – either hearing it as a kid or saying it as a frustrated parent. There’s not doubt that your offspring refusing to eat the meal that you’ve lovingly prepared for the family dinner is annoying to say the least. But often you just know that what the rest of the family are having for dinner isn’t appealing to your picky eater – whether it be because of texture or the way it looks.
Before you ditch the dinner, or relent and create a whole new meal for them, consider giving the existing meal a makeover. The team at Love Food Hate Waste have shared some of their great ideas for meal makeovers that require just a few extra ingredients to easily transform the meal into something new that may just appeal a whole lot more.
If you think putting a curry or stew in a toastie sounds a bit strange, remember that spaghetti toasted sandwiches were a hit when you were a kid, so putting leftover stir fry etc in a sandwich may not sound so weird after all.
Kind of like a toastie! Spread the food on half of a tortilla, sprinkle some cheese over it, fold over the tortilla and toast it in a frying pan or toasted sandwich machine until the tortilla is crisp and the cheese is melted. Alternatively, use tortillas to turn the leftovers into a burrito or enchilada.
Continuing on the bread theme, bread cases are easy to make and perfect for housing all sorts of fillings. Here’s an easy to follow recipe.
Who doesn’t love a pie? No matter how little you have left, you have enough to make a pie. Remember that pies can take all sorts of forms – they may be made with filo pastry or potato topped. Check out the Love Food Hate Waste pie guide.
Put it on a pizza
Whilst not everything will work on a pizza, you’d be surprised at what does. Keep a stash of pita pockets in the freezer as they make quick bases and are the perfect size for a child. Alternatively, if you have yoghurt in the fridge you can whip up this quick and easy base.
Tip: Keep a ‘pizza box’ in the freezer where you can stash things that would make good toppings – half a sausage, a piece of capsicum, a chunk of cheese until you have enough to top a pizza.
Savoury scrolls can be made using pastry, wraps, or a scone or pizza dough. Simply roll out your base, top it with tomato sauce (if appropriate), spread over your leftovers, sprinkle with cheese, roll up, cut into slices and then bake in the oven until cooked. Try it with leftover mince.
For ideas on how to use up specific foods, check out the ultimate guide to using up your child’s leftovers.
Do you have a meal makeover tip? Join the discussion in the comments below.
This article was originally published by Love Food Hate Waste and is reproduced here with permission, with additional editing by Kidspot NZ.
Every year Kiwis send 122,547 tonnes of food to landfill, all of which could have been eaten. Not only is wasting food costing us money, it is also bad for the environment.
Love Food Hate Waste has tips and recipes to help you reduce your food waste and save money. To find out more, visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.co.nz
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