Waste Not Want Not: 24th July, 2013

by yooeel

The Plan: Beef chilli and fajita wraps

The Downfall: Err, where’s the beef? Well, it’s certainly not in our freezer – looks like we’ve eaten it without realising

The Perishables: A bowlful of tomatoes in varying sizes and states of freshness, a glug of natural yoghurt, some pitiful bottom of the fridge veggies that were going to be the basis for the chilli, a packet of fajita wraps.

What did we do with it? I decided to make soup, seeing as it’s the best way to get veggies into Little Boy and I had been thinking of making a batch to use for his lunches.


  • A generous glug of vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped small (about 1cm pieces)
  • 4 sticks of celery, chopped small
  • A generous teaspoon each of garam masala, cumin and cinammon
  • 4 medium potatoes, chopped small (about 2cm pieces)
  • 4 small courgettes, chopped small (about 1cm pieces) – this is the equivalent of about 1-2 shop bought courgettes
  • A cereal bowl full of tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 litre hot chicken stock
  • 200g yog
  • Black pepper


  • In a large pan heat the oil over a medium heat
  • Fry the onion and garlic for a few minutes
  • Add the carrot and celery and fry until the onion is nearly soft
  • Add the spices and fry until the aromas are released
  • Add the potatoes, courgettes and tomatoes and mix together
  • Add the chicken stock to cover
  • Simmer for about 20-25 minutes until the hard veg like potatoes and carrots are soft
  • Whizz with a stick blender
  • Stir in yoghurt and a very big helping of black pepper

The Verdict: Delicious. This recipe made 4 adult portions and 3 toddler portions.  We served it with a pack of naan breads we found in the freezer. It could definitely have stood up to a bit more spice, and if we’d had more yoghurt to go around we would have stirred it into individual portions to make it look pretty, rather than stirring it into the pot as a whole.

We are left with a big tub of soup which Little Boy and I will eat for lunches for a few days – I may even freeze one or two toddler sized portions for easy lunches in the future.  We are also left with a packet of fajita wraps which have gone into the freezer for another time.  We never did remember what happened to that beef.

How have you been using up your leftovers? What would you have done differently? Let me know with a comment.