I used to help in our family restaurant. I love good food and enjoy thinking up creative ways to cook and use leftovers to avoid food waste.
A Tasty Meal or Side Dish
This recipe is useful either as a main course, or as an accompaniment to the main dish.
How to Use Up Vegetables Before They Go Off
It's particularly convenient to use up all the oddments of vegetables in your fridge or vegetable rack just before you do a fresh shop either in person or online. This leaves your storage space clear for all the new stuff, and ensures that the older vegetables are not just hidden from sight under the fresh items, failing to be used before they wilt or go sludgy or brown. And don't forget: clearing out your fridge is an ideal time for cleaning or defrosting it.
Switching Over to Eating More Plant Food
Lately, since all the hoo-ha about swapping over from meat-based meals to mainly plant-based meals, and not wasting the world's decreasing food resources, I've been trying (with some success) to change my own eating habits. I haven't actually become a vegetarian, but I've cut down on meat-eating considerably, to about two or three times a week. It's not always easy to judge the right quantity of fresh vegetables and fruit to buy, so I've become quite creative about how to ensure the least possible amount gets thrown away due to deterioration.
It's amazing to recall that, many decades ago, I was brought up as a child to eat meat twice a day, and possibly three times a day if we had bacon or sausage for breakfast. How things have changed!
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- 1.5 lbs. - 2 lbs. mixed vegetables (e.g. cauliflower, broccoli, leeks, cabbage, kale, spinach, peppers)
- Bisto Cheese Sauce Granules, mixed with boiling water
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Chilli flakes, to taste (optional)
- Chopped herbs, to taste (optional)
- Grated cheese (optional)
Bisto Cheese Sauce
- Wash and chop the vegetables into small slices and boil for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the oven to gas Mark 7 (425 F or 200 C).
- Whilst the vegetables are boiling, make the cheese sauce according to the instructions on the container.
- Place the boiled vegetables in an oven-proof dish. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, chllli flakes and/or herbs according to your taste.
- Pour the cheese sauce over the vegetables, making sure to cover them all evenly.
- Optional (if you like it particularly cheesy): Sprinkle grated cheese evenly over the vegetables.
- Place the dish in the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Check to see if the top has browned sufficiently for your taste. If needed, cook for a further 5 minutes for a darker brown. Serve immediately