How to make a little go a long way
When it comes to feeding a crowd, you don't have to compromise on quality or taste to get really great food. It’s all about planning. Here are some tips to help you make your delicious meal go the extra mile:
Pad with Potatoes
Potatoes are a notoriously filling and versatile ingredient, especially if you need to make a little go a long way. Potatoes are really great vessels for flavour, and they hold onto sauce and seasoning well. Add potatoes to stews or curry recipes to make them more substantial.
Bulk with beans and legumes
Beans and legumes are not only cheap and nourishing, but they are full of substantial goodness that is described as “meaty.” From lentils and split peas to butter beans and chickpeas, beans and legumes are a great product to use for stretching a meal. You can use canned or dried beans and legumes – the dried versions are usually cheaper but require soaking for a few hours before use.
It’s All About That Base
Sauces and gravies can be turned into massive dishes without the need for vast amounts of meat. A tasty stew or curry recipe simply requires a great base of flavours. Use affordable staples like stock, curry powder, onions, garlic, chilli, carrots and celery to build a sauce that you can add to any vegetable or protein.
So Good with Soya
If you have a punnet of mince and you want to make it go a little further, you can add a pack of soya mince. It’s a great pantry staple because it’s dry and can be stored for when you need it most. You can also add soya mince to your sauce for a meaty substitute, for days when meat isn't on the menu.
Opt for Frozen Veg
Fresh fruit and vegetables are great, but they have a pretty short shelf life. Make sure to never waste fruit and veggies by opting for the frozen versions wherever possible. Frozen veggies like green beans and cauliflower make delicious curries and frozen peas, carrots and corn make great additions to meat-based stews and casseroles to add nutrition and portions.
If you have a small portion of stew or curry and you need to bulk it up for a hungry crowd, you can add bread to help it over the finish line. Add dumplings or dombolo to a stew or hollow out a quarter loaf of bread for a bunny chow to add some extra substance.
You can make the most delicious meals for a crowd without having to sacrifice flavour or affordability. It’s all about how you choose your ingredients and how you put your meal together – choose ingredients you know and trust like Rajah Curry powder. Add a couple extra ingredients like love and care and your meal will always be comforting.