Did you know that in Australia we waste enough food each year to fill 13,000 swimming pools?

We’re all guilty of it. Worst of all because sometimes we simply just forget what’s in the bottom of our fridge and the back corner of our cupboard.

That’s why we could all do a better job with using up what we’ve already got, not just because it reduces waste but also because improvising can remove the chore of following a recipe.

Improvising with tiger prawns is particularly easy and extremely versatile as they are compatible with so many different flavours.

Here’s some of our favourite ideas for using prawns with what you’ve got lying around in your fridge and pantry (if you haven’t already perfected this in lockdown!):

– Prawn Risotto

Whilst risotto is traditionally made using ‘Arborio’ rice, it doesn’t hurt to make it with whatever rice you’ve got – the creaminess and consistency mainly comes from the constant stirring.

– Prawn Bake

Okay, go to your fridge and find all the veggies hidden away at the bottom. Now, all you need to do is chop them up and bake them until they’re starting to look brown and caramelised. Then (this is where the real magic happens), throw some lightly oil coated prawns on top and cook for a few minutes more until they’re vibrant and orange-ey. Serve and enjoy, it’s as simple as that!

– Prawn pasta

Pasta is everyone’s go to, but it’s time to mix it up from the boring old and throw in a few prawns to make a healthy and delicious prawn alternative to your usual spag bowl or carbonara. All you really need is pasta, prawns and one other something (probably cheese) to make it happen.

– Crumbed prawns

Bread on its way out? Cornflakes from last month? Try a crumb! Crumbed prawns are super easy to make and super delicious. Simply blitz whatever you’ve got into a crumb then coat your prawns first in egg, then the crumb and fry or roast until golden.

None of these suggestions are fully formulated recipes, just ideas to help when you are staring blankly into the fridge. What you throw in is totally up to you, but our biggest tip is don’t forget to grab life by the prawns ™, season well and be creative – you might just surprise yourself!

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*References:

OzHarvest 2021, Food Waste Facts, Australia, OzHarvest https://www.ozharvest.org/sustainability/food-waste-facts/

 

Any views and opinions expressed in this blog belong solely to the original author of the opinion and can’t be attributed to the business or their blog.