Making “Old” Recipes Into “New” Recipes


Gertie Gouda says: Be a good role model by eating new foods with your child. Your child learns how to eat new foods by watching you and other adults and children eat.

Discover Together!

Including new foods in recipes you serve often is a great way to make “old” recipes into “new” recipes! Try adding something new to burritos, pizzas, cereals, yogurt, soups, salads, or stir-fries. Here are some ideas to get you started:


  • Make pancakes or waffles into breakfast sandwiches by spreading with peanut butter or cream cheese, and filling with sliced fruit.
  • Use last night’s leftover rice to make a hot cereal. Heat up and stir in a little butter, cinnamon, brown sugar, and milk.
  • Spice plain oatmeal up with cut up fruit, cinnamon, and a little brown sugar. Try mixing in a few red hot candies to add a little sweetness and color.


  • Add a twist to sandwiches like peanut butter and jelly by adding thin slices of apples. Another idea is to add avocado and a tomato slice to your grilled cheese sandwich.
  • Make mini pizzas out of English muffins and top with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, veggies and other toppings of your choice.
  • Add a twist to basic tuna or chicken salad by adding things like celery, green onions, diced apples, raisins, dried cranberries, grapes, roasted nuts, etc. and spices like curry, oregano, or basil.


  • Make Mexican style lasagna by layering tortillas, meat and beans, and cheese and baking. Top with lettuce, tomatoes, and olives.
  • Add canned pumpkin to chili to give it the soup a nutrient boost, as well as a richer, creamier quality.
  • Get creative when topping baked potatoes. Try these toppings: broccoli, cauliflower, salsa, vegetables, baked beans, chili and other soups, plain yogurt, and different kinds of cheese are all tasty and nutritious alternatives to the traditional butter and sour cream topping.

Snacks and Treats:

  • Make a sweet “hot dog” by filling a hot dog bun with a banana and dribbling strawberry jelly (ketchup), crushed pineapple (for mustard or pickle relish), and flaked, unsweetened coconut (for sauerkraut). Cut in half and share with your child!
  • Many fruits like bananas and grapes can be frozen for a refreshing, sweet treat for children.
  • Make graham cracker squares into sandwiches by filling with yogurt or whipped cream and berries. Make frozen sandwiches by mixing ¼ cup peanut butter with instant vanilla pudding and spreading between two graham cracker squares. Put in a baking dish separated by layers of waxed paper, cover, and stick in the freezer until frozen. Take out and enjoy!

-Enjoy New Foods Today for Good Health Tomorrow!