Clear out the Crisper and Reduce Waste With This Kid-Friendly Curry

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Reduce food waste with this “clear-the-crisper” kid-friendly vegetable curry.

It’s the end of the shopping week or fortnight, and you’ve got a bit of this and a bit of that leftover in the crisper.

What do you cook to use up the dribs and drabs and reduce waste?

Here’s just one idea: a vegetable curry that’s delicious, mild and kid-friendly.

Add whatever you have in the fridge, the freezer or the pantry to this curry.

Leftover meat? That can go in too.

Or keep it vegetarian if you prefer.

Spice it up with fresh or dried chilli if you prefer a little heat. ‘Kid-friendly’ is all relative. My friend from India cooks with lots of chillies and her kids love hot food, so it depends on what you get used ti.

Chill it down with a dollop of cooling, natural yoghurt.

While this curry is kid-friendly, it can be very adult as well.

Want an easy, midweek cheat instead of an end of week, gotta-use-up-the-leftovers meal?

Use frozen veg instead.

I bought a bag of frozen mixed veg in Aldi the other day for $1.90. It was of New Zealand origin and included peas, corn, carrot, beans, cauliflower and potato. Half to one bag of veg and you have a very quick and easy, very cheap but healthy and tasty curry.

This is my little lady loving her veggie curry. My son, however, is going through a decidedly fussy I’m not eating it! stage, even though he’s loved it in the past.

Oh well. You win some, you lose some.

Kid Friendly Curry
Yield: 4 serves

Kid-Friendly Vegetable Curry

clear out the crisper kid-friendly curry plated

This mild curry doesn't have chilli, which is what makes it kid-friendly. Feel free to add chilli if you like things hot!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 400g tin tomatoes (or 3 or 4 fresh tomatoes, chopped)
  • 1 400g can coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp. ground coriander
  • 1 tsp. ground (or fresh) ginger
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • 2 cups vegetables of choice*


  1. Sauté onion and garlic in a little oil until soft and translucent.
  2. Add spices, tomatoes and coconut milk, stirring well.
  3. Add tougher root vegetables and simmer until almost soft.
  4. Add softer vegetables and cook until just soft.
  5. Serve with rice and topped with natural yoghurt.


You can add meat to this curry if you like. Cut chicken or other meat into bite-sized cubes and brown before continuing on with the rest of the recipe.

*Veggie ideas include pumpkin, carrot, beans, potato, sweet potato, zucchini, broccoli (including the stems), cauliflower, beans, peas, capsicum, spinach.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 54mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 6gSugar: 7gProtein: 6g

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  1. Word of warning about things from New Zealand . Their food labelling laws are not the same as ours and many things labelled’New Zealand ‘ are actually imported products processed in NZ, this includes frozen and tinned veg. Even loose leaf salad stuff is imported and packed and shipped to AUS this way to get around our labelling laws.

    1. Thanks for the heads up Eileen, I did wonder about this. It’s so annoying that as a consumer it’s impossible to make an informed choice when it comes to buying food.

  2. This was our dinner last night. I used left over roast chicken for the meat and basic vegetables I had at hand. Very tasty and approved by all. I have enough left over for tonight. Now, that really makes me happy!

  3. We made this a few weeks ago and we’re going to try it again tonight. It was delicious! We’re dairy, soy and peanut free, and I find it really hard to find go to recipes with fussy toddlers. But this got a double thumbs up from Daddy. I’m going to attempt this in the oven tonight. I’ve got some chicken drumsticks and chicken breast that needs to be used up. I’m a little nervous. Haha Any tips?