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Cheesy vegetable bake ... how can I make one tasty?

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likessleep Wed 17-Jun-09 16:27:56

I've got leeks, courgettes, carrots, brocolli, potatoes etc that need eating. As we are on a tomato free week, I'm thinking of making it in a cheese sauce, bit of breadcrumb topping and shoving it in the oven.
But whenever I've made this in the past, it just tastes bland. Can anyone suggest anything to make it slightly tasty? Thank you smile

SpawnChorus Wed 17-Jun-09 16:28:54

Mustard in the cheese sauce?

SpawnChorus Wed 17-Jun-09 16:30:01

Make the sauce really cheesy and mix some more cheese (esp parmesan) into the breadcrumbs

likessleep Wed 17-Jun-09 16:31:09

yup, i have mustard in. thank you. normally my secret ingredient to make it tasty is a garlic baguette on the side grin

likessleep Wed 17-Jun-09 16:31:37

aha, i have parmesan in too - i'll try both, thank you

Sunshinemummy Wed 17-Jun-09 16:33:09

What about adding some kick with some paprika or tabasco?

jeminthedark Wed 17-Jun-09 16:35:12

Agree with everyone else- what about wine too(alcohol burns off anyway), garlic, more onions, a push <gasp> oxo cube or 2?

jeminthedark Wed 17-Jun-09 16:35:37

Oh, and HERBS!!!

likessleep Wed 17-Jun-09 16:36:07

i'll try a smidgeon of paprika (i don't think we have tabasco in). i'll try a bit of everything and see what we have at the end. i need to experiment a bit with it, as 19 mth old ds eats every vegetable if it is in a cheese sauce, so it's a bit of a meal staple for us <boring emoticon>
thanks for posting

cyteen Wed 17-Jun-09 16:36:33

Some fresh chopped chilli wouldn't go amiss.

likessleep Wed 17-Jun-09 16:37:28

how would wine work with the cheese sauce though? do i add it in at the end when sauce is thickened? does sauce then not go runny again? garlic a good one. this is going to be a concoction and a half grin

likessleep Wed 17-Jun-09 16:38:23

no fresh chilli in, but thank you for idea

jeminthedark Wed 17-Jun-09 16:39:24

Sorry, I thought you may do veg, roast them or something, toss them in a little seaoning of your choice, top with the cheese sauce then breadcrumbs etc...I think my i,agination ran away with me...

Why is it a tomato free week by the way?

jeminthedark Wed 17-Jun-09 16:40:23


likessleep Wed 17-Jun-09 16:42:41

no time to roast grin. gonna boil and go! then mix it all up.

ds has had very bad nappy rash recently, which seems to occur a day after having a tomatoey meal. so we are seeing whether it continues without tomatoes. i love tomatoes and tomatatoey meals, so missing my spag bol, shepherds pie, pasta sauces sad

jeminthedark Wed 17-Jun-09 16:45:29

Well I applaud you for making meals for the whole family when your DC are so young- I didn't, as I love my spicy abd varied stuff. I do now though, as they are older.

jeminthedark Wed 17-Jun-09 16:48:26

Also, mine always had 'tea' early, when they were young, we had our food later.The 2 youngest still have tea eralier than the older and adults, just because I think they need it ...god I am going on like an old fart, will bow out now...

likessleep Wed 17-Jun-09 16:49:48

it's pure laziness! i cook in the evening and ds has the leftovers the following day. he loves quite spicy food (although the red thai curry a couple of weeks back resulted in quite a nappy grin). he pretty much eats everything, although i'm wary with salty foods.

jeminthedark Wed 17-Jun-09 17:44:46

Haha, yes I get the leftovers the following day!!
I do that now, if the older ones eat a meal, i save some for the little ones for tomorrow, cos they would like it.

What I am aimimg for now is 'one meal feeds all'.
I have found it in a few things, but not many, but it must get better as they get older, surely?
<wrings hands>

TsarChasm Wed 17-Jun-09 17:53:38

I make macaroni cheese with some mild curry powder in the cheese sauce. Could work well for cheesy veggie bake too I think.

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