I’m a big believer in everyone eating the same meal at home. We don’t cater to fussy toddler tastes and everyone eats dinner together. But sometimes, you need to mix it up to keep your customers happy. Rather than cooking a different meal for everyone’s tastes, read on to see how you can adapt one recipe, four ways.
LET’S TAKE MY MEXICAN LASAGNE FROM FAST FOOD FOR FIT DADS.
This one is a winner in our house, and judging by your comments and Instagram tags, you’re loving it too. So let’s see how we can mix it up.
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OPTION 1 – ADJUST PORTIONS
This recipe serves 4, with the macros as below:
- nutritional count per serving (Serves 4)23.6g total fat (saturated fat 8.3g); 2609kJ (623
- cal); 38.4g carbohydrate; 58.8g protein; 8.6g fibre
If you need to lower the fat or carb count, simply make smaller serves – divide it by 8 and serve with a side salad or veggies.
If the protein is too high, use less mince. Take the base recipe that you’re familiar with and swap out ingredients to suit your personal macro needs.
OPTION 2 – VEGAN FRIENDLY
My recipe uses lean beef mince and grated pizza cheese. But if you’re cooking for a vegan friend, like some of my vegan clients, you can swap out the beef mince for a can of kidney beans or vegan mince and swap the pizza cheese for vegan cheese.
Or, swap it out for nutritional yeast, which gives that salty Parmesan-like flavour but is vegan-friendly.
OPTION 3 – HIDDEN VEGGIES
If your kids are averse to anything green or suspiciously healthy in their meals, go undercover. Cook grated carrot and zucchini in a little coconut oil, blitz until smooth and add into the tomato sauce, and they’ll never know it was there.
You could also add some roasted capsicum for extra sweetness. Just don’t blitz the entire sauce – mince, salsa and veggies together – or the texture will become too smooth.
OPTION 4 – SWAP THE FLAVOURS
I’ve made this recipe Mexican inspired, with the salsa, black beans, Mexican spice and cinnamon. But you could make it more traditionally Italian with mixed Italian herbs, dried oregano and rosemary, fresh basil leaves and garlic.
Once you’ve got a base recipe, you can switch it up any way you like to make more from less.
For more kitchen inspiration, read my Kitchen Basics blog.
Check out Fast Food for Fit Dads for 3 Ways with Mac & Cheese, 3 Faster Pasta Dishes and 3 Sandwich Press Toasties to get you started!