Not much in the pantry, fridge or freezer? Keep these five easy to modify recipes on hand for when you need meal ideas for your family.
Versatile vegetable fritters
🔪 10 mins ⏱ 10 minutes
Vegetable fritters are so versatile (and delicious) they can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Our vegetable fritter recipe only needs eggs, vegies, flour and oil and are perfect for using up leftover vegetables.
You can serve these by themselves as a snack or add toppings such as avocado and salsa or tzatziki to make a more substantial meal.
🔪 15 mins ⏱ 10 minutes
Pizza is the ultimate customizable recipe!
For the base you can use a bought one, wholemeal Lebanese bread, English muffins, or make your own with flour and yeast or use this super easy base made with only 2 ingredients: flour and yoghurt!
Spread the base with tomato paste, tomato sugo or our hidden veg tomato sauce.
Sprinkle with any combination of vegetables you have available – onion, capsicum, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, sliced tomato, spinach, zucchini, cooked broccoli, cauliflower, pumpkin and sweet potato. Flavour with rosemary, basil, parsley or thyme.
Top with grated cheese. Once cooked throw over some baby spinach or rocket if you have some
Check out our pizza recipe.
Fantastic fried rice
🔪 10 mins ⏱ 15 minutes
If you have some rice in the cupboard, a few vegies and some eggs in the fridge – you have yourself a delicious fried rice you can make in no time!
Firstly, you need cold rice so try to cook the rice early and spread out on a large tray and pop it into the fridge to cool fast. Alternatively you can use left over rice from the night before (make sure any leftovers are stored in the fridge), or use precooked packaged rice if time is an issue.
Choose any combination of fresh, frozen or canned vegetables like carrot, onion, spring onion, garlic, peas, corn kernels, capsicum, cabbage, broccoli, zucchini and bean shoots.
Use a small amount of salt reduced soy sauce, sesame oil and sprinkle with nuts or seeds for added crunch.
Check out our easy fried rice recipe.
Sensational stir fry
🔪 5 mins ⏱ 20 minutes
Using vegetables, lean meat or alternatives, and a splash of sauce, a stir fry is easy, nutritious, and a great way to use whatever you have available.
Stir frying is very versatile as you can use all sorts of vegetables, even vegies that are a bit tired or wilted and it will still taste great. Vegetables ideal for stir-frying include capsicum, zucchini, carrots, broccoli, onions, spring onions, snow peas, cabbage, spinach, asparagus, mushrooms, and leafy Asian greens. You can also use frozen vegetables or canned vegetables like bamboo shoots, baby corn and water chestnuts.
Add in some lean meat or chicken or extra firm tofu for protein. If you’d prefer to skip meat and tofu, simply add more vegetables.
Splash in small amounts of sauces like soy, oyster or teriyaki. Try to use salt reduced varieties.
Add flavour and crunch with a sprinkle of sesame seeds or nuts like walnuts halves, whole peanuts or cashews, or slivered or sliced almonds.
Serve on noodles or rice, preferably brown for added fibre and voila! A tasty, nutritious meal can be on the table within 30 minutes.
Sensational spaghetti bolognaise
🔪 20 mins ⏱ 60 minutes
Always a family favourite, a bolognaise sauce can be adapted to include what you have available.
If you only have a small amount of mince, or no mince at all – pad out the recipe with extra vegetables, green or red lentils or a tin of kidney beans.
Don’t have tinned tomatoes in the panty? Don’t worry you can substitute with tomato paste, a tomato based simmer sauce or tomato passata.
Pump up the vegie serves by adding whatever vegies you can find such as onion, mushrooms, celery, capsicum, carrot and zucchini and add flavour with herbs such as oregano, marjoram, basil or thyme.
Check out our vegie packed bolognaise sauce.