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Using Up Leftovers and Packing In Veggies

Since Indy’s turned one, he’s been so much fussier with his food – something he loves one day, he will hate the day after, so there’s no continuity with the foods I know he will eat and enjoy.  Apart from carbs…! He’s also started to recognise the foods he likes, so as soon as he knows he’s unsure of something on his plate, he won’t even attempt to try it, so i’ve had to think outside the box a bit in making sure he’s eating balanced meals.  

You all know I hate wastage, and like to be as efficient as possible with the food I buy.  We sometimes have leftover vegetables in the fridge at the end of the week, and I know Indy would refuse to eat some roasted pepper or courgette if I put it on his plate, so I decided to get a bit more creative.  

I chopped up and roasted the vegetables we had leftover – one red pepper, one courgette, two carrots and two parsnips.  I then fried off a diced onion and 2 garlic cloves, and added the roasted veg along with some leftover passata and some water to loosen.  Once all had been cooked down, I blended in the Nutribullet until smooth. I made this quite thick so it could be more of a ‘dip’ consistency as opposed to a soup, but I could add more water to it to loosen it where necessary.

I still do weekly meal plans for Indy, so was able to incorporate this veg into his lunches and dinners for the week:

  • Chicken goujons, sweet potato and avocado – I dipped the chicken in the sauce as a dip
  • Alternative to tomato sauce on homemade pizzas – I used sandwich thins and spread the veg sauce on and topped with mozzarella
  • Pasta with sausage and peas – I added water to the veg mix to make a looser pasta sauce

I was so surprised how much he enjoyed everything!  He rarely eats chicken but ate all of it with the vegetable dip, and he usually gets bored of pasta but wolfed it all down.  I will definitely try this again as the options for meals are endless, and all from random bits of veg left in the fridge. I also had a few portions leftover so have tubbed these up and put them in the freezer for next week!