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Occasionally we have parts of meals that we couldn't finish and so end up with leftovers. Take this as an opportunity to create a 'Second Chance' meal.

To help you get started we're sharing some of our favourite leftover recipes that use common leftover ingredients such as chicken, pasta and veggies. The recipes have been provided by Hello Table, Cumberland Council from their Love Your Leftovers app and cookbook as well as Go for 2&5®.

Want to share your own recipe? Visit our Facebook page and let everyone know about your 'Second Chance' meal.

Cooking with your leftovers and ingredients you have at home are just two of the things we can do to reduce food waste. We can also plan our meals, write a shopping list, measure serving sizes and store food right to keep it fresh.

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Icy Poles

Vegetarian For children Quick and easy Food in season

So refreshing and healthy. Because these are so quick to prepare you can make a range of flavours, something to suit everyone.
Total time 2 minutes (+ freezing)
Serves 4

Icy Poles


Watermelon and mint

  • ¼ watermelon
  • 4 mint leaves (optional)

Banana and yoghurt

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup plain yoghurt
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (optional)

Strawberries and yoghurt

  • 1 cup strawberries chopped or strawberry coulis
  • 1 cup plain yoghurt

Strawberry coulis

  • 250 g strawberries, chopped
  • ¼ cup caster sugar

Watermelon and mint - Blend watermelon and mint in a food processor or with a stick blender until liquid. Pour into icy pole moulds and freeze.

Fruity Orange - Pour into icy pole moulds and freeze.

Banana and yoghurt - Blend banana, yoghurt and maple syrup in a food processor or with a stick blender until smooth. Pour into icy pole moulds and freeze.

Strawberries and yoghurt - Fold strawberry coulis into yoghurt and stir until smooth. Pour into icy pole moulds and freeze. Make strawberry coulis by placing strawberries in a saucepan with caster sugar. Stir over medium heat until a sauce starts to form (5–10 minutes). Put aside to cool.

Recipe © Summer TABLE by Jodie Blight (, reproduced with permission 2017

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