Recipes are not assessed individually because they are part of a one day or one week menu assessment.
You might receive feedback on some ingredients in a recipe, but you won’t get feedback on the whole recipe/meal.
You can assess recipes two ways:
in a menu assessment (all users)
in a vending machine assessment (not available for long day care or schools)
in a recipe assessment (school and retail/catering only). Read below for instructions.
My recipe bank / Common recipes
Here are two ways FoodChecker makes it quick and easy to enter your favourite recipes:
My recipe bank: When you add a recipe in FoodChecker, you can click ‘Save to recipe bank’ to store it in your account. The next time you want to use that recipe, click ‘My recipe bank’ and find it the list. You can edit the name and ingredients of you want to, or leave it as it is.
Common recipes: The ‘Common recipes’ section contains over 200 popular meals, snacks and drinks.
To use a common recipe in a menu assessment, click ‘Common recipes’ then search the list for the one you want. You can edit the ingredients and quantities to match your own recipe, then add to your menu. You can also save your version of the recipe to ‘My recipe bank’ to use it in future.
Using recipes as ingredients
If you have a ‘base’ recipe that you use often (such as a sauce) you don’t have to enter all of the ingredients to a new recipe each time. You can save the base recipe once, then add it to any other ‘full’ recipe with one click!
For example, if your standard based for pasta sauce is onion, garlic and crushed tomatoes, you can save these three ingredients into one recipe called ‘Tomato sauce base’. Then when you add the full ‘Spaghetti bolognaise’ recipe, you can add ‘tomato sauce base’ all at once, instead of adding ‘onion’, ‘garlic’ and ‘crushed tomatoes’ to the recipe one-by-one.
When you are in a menu or recipe assessment:
Create the ‘base’ recipe: Click ‘Add recipe/item’, create the recipe (see link), then click ‘Save to bank’.
Create the ‘main’ recipe, then add the base recipe as an ingredient: Click ‘Add recipe/item’, enter the name and details of the main recipe. In the ingredient field, start typing the name of the base recipe, then select the one you want from the drop down list. Continue adding the other ingredients and finish the recipe as normal.
Start typing the first ingredient. A list of matching options will appear. Click on the option that best matches your ingredient. You can type a little or lot of the name. For example, “chick”, “chicken”, “thigh” or “chicken thigh”.
Enter the amount and unit of measurement. For example for 500g type “500”,, then select “Grams” from the list. For a 6 apples type “6”, then select “Whole” from the list.
To add another ingredient, click ADD MORE INGREDIENTS and repeat the steps above. NOTE: Include all condiments, seasoning or finishes used in the recipe, including salt, sugar and oils/butter.
TIP: Click SAVE TO RECIPE BANK to store it in your account for future use.
Once you have entered all the ingredients, click FINISH RECIPE ASSESSMENT.
Your result will appear on screen.
Click SAVE ASSESSMENT AS PDF to save a copy of this report.
FoodChecker is a Victorian Government website that classifies foods and drinks according to Victorian Healthy Choices guidelines. These guidelines align to A Better Choice Food Classification Guide (PDF) for foods only, not drinks. Queensland Health is supporting Queensland HHSs to use FoodChecker until 31 December 2020.
Please note: FoodChecker should not be used by Queensland HHSs to assess drinks. Any drinks assessed on FoodChecker may not be classified correctly in line with A Better Choice Strategy.