Make your next potato mash creamier by adding some light evaporated milk in place of skim milk. Add nutmeg for taste.
2. Clever curry
For a healthy curry: lightly fry chopped garlic, ground turmeric, ginger and paprika. Add curry paste and a touch of brown sugar, then add coconut-flavoured light evaporated milk and a little water. Bring to the boil, then simmer until thickened. Add some cooked chicken or beef pieces, sprinkle with coriander and serve.
3. Creamy soup
Add light evaporated milk to your next puréed vegie soup. This works especially well with sweet flavours such as carrot, sweet potato and pumpkin.
4. Makeover potato bake
In a saucepan, bring reduced-fat table spread and 375ml can of light evaporated milk to the boil; add 1 tablespoon flour to thicken. Layer slices of potato and onion in a greased baking dish. Sprinkle with grated cheese, pour over some of the sauce. Continue until layers reach the top of the dish. Sprinkle top with grated cheese. Bake until golden and tender.
5. Easy rice pudding
Bring a 375ml can light evaporated milk, 1 cup caster sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla essence, some cinnamon and lemon zest to the boil, stirring constantly. Lower to a simmer. Add 2/3 cup rice. Reduce heat for 40–50 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat once mixture thickens; serve.
6. Pasta carbonara
Create a creamy carbonara sauce. Fry chopped garlic, strips of ham and sliced mushroom until tender. Whisk light evaporated milk and eggs in a bowl. Season with pepper. Add egg mixture and mushroom mixture to hot cooked pasta and toss together. Sprinkle with parmesan and parsley. Serve immediately.
7. Easy banana custard
Bake a delicious banana custard: Boil 375ml can light evaporated milk and 1 cup water. Lower to a simmer and slowly stir in 2 whisked egg yolks, 1/4 cup caster sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla essence. Pour custard into an oven-proof dish over 2 chopped bananas. Place into a baking pan and half-fill with hot water. Bake for 45 minutes at 160ºC or until set. Sprinkle with nutmeg and serve with chopped fruit.
8. Lovely laksa
Throw together a quick laksa: cook chicken, tofu or seafood in laksa paste diluted with a little water. Mix in coconut-flavoured light evaporated milk, fish sauce and mixed vegetables. When vegetables are tender, pour sauce over cooked noodles, top with bean sprouts and shredded carrot and serve.
9. Creamy gravy
Make a healthy gravy: Melt table spread in a saucepan over low heat. Add flour, stirring constantly. Add reduced-salt stock and light evaporated milk. Stir until smooth.
10. Healthier cakes
Next time you bake a cake or cheesecake, replace the milk with light evaporated milk. Not only will the cake be creamier and fuller, it will have more calcium and protein. Serve with chopped fresh fruit.