Make crunchy, garlicky, delicious homemade croutons yourself and liven up any salad or soup all while reducing food waste. No effort is too small if it comes to saving our planet so we might as well start by croutons😊.
Do you know what is the secret to getting your kids (or anyone else who needs convincing) to eat most any soup or salad?
Toss some on the plate and it becomes instantly a gazillion times more attractive. They will obviously bring a pretty and fancy touch, but will also make the soup seem more filling, and the salad look more fun to eat. Thus transforming a humble dish into a meal everybody will like. A great tip for feeding your family healthy meals all while keeping everyone happy😉
Homemade croutons recipe
- About half of stale bread (preferably baguette or sourdough for the best texture but really any bread is fine)
- Dried herbs of choice (spring onion, thyme, garlic leaves, parsley, etc)
- A pinch of salt
- 2 tbsps of olive oil
- Turn on your oven on grill position at 200C (390F).
- Cut the bread in small cubes. You can easily freeze these if you don’t need the croutons immediately.
- Mix some herbs, garlic powder (it doesn’t burn as easily as fresh garlic) and salt into about 2 tbsps of olive oil.
- Toss the bread cubes in the flavored oil.
- Spread in a single layer on foil-covered baking sheet.
- Bake for about 2 minutes until the croutons are golden and crunchy (watch carefully so that you don’t burn them 😉)
- Add to a fresh lettuce salad or stir into a bowl of soup.
- You can use the croutons immediately and this is what I suggest, because they are crunchier straight away. But you can also let them cool and store in an airtight container for up to three days.