Monday, March 22, 2010
10 Things to Do with Mince
Sometimes, we all have to resort to the cheap and filling. When you think cheap meats mince comes to mind. But there are only so many times you can eat the same 4 dinners without a revolt. So here are a few different meals, that we're eating over the next two weeks.
Keema with Couscous
To freeze layer the Keema on the bottom of a thick and deep baking tray. Top with couscous. Cover completely with tin foil. Then freeze. When desired, place in a warm oven at 170 and allow to defrost and heat. This will take around 1 1/2 - 2 hours.
A classic, to freeze simply cover pan with tin foil and place in freezer. When desired, place in a warm oven at 170 and allow to defrost and heat. This will take around 1 1/2 - 2 hours.
Warm Noodle salad
To make this more filling I added thin rice noodles tossed through the salad. Delicious fresh and low fat.
We always add lots of finely chopped salad vegetables (tomatoes, cucumber, avocado)to our Tacos, and serve plain yogurt on the side. The only difficult part is fitting it all in.
Savory mince and Garlic Rice
I first had this in Ecuador. It's such a simple, cheep dish, but with so much flavor, that I keep coming back to it.
San Choy Bow
I fell in love with wrapping meat in lettuce in Korea. The fresh crispness of the lettuce contrasting with the warm spiciness of the meat. Yum. I usually add rice or noddles to bulk out this meal.
Chilli Con Carne
The fantastic thing about chilli is it gets better with age. So I make huge portions separate and freeze. You can have it on it's own, with cornbread, topping a baked potato, with rice, stuffed in pastry or vegetables. The options are endless.
Make up enough for four or five dinners, portion and freeze. Great for grabbing on the way out. Get some buns a bit of salad and wala.
Mince in Filo
An easier way to make a pie. Can be frozen just wrap firmly. Heat from frozen. For roughly 40-60 minutes
Pizza's (sort of)
Fun for the whole family, everyone can top their own.
Really with Mince you can do anything, as long as you change the texture and taste, no one will mind it making a regular appearance at the table.
A few more ideas:
Cottage Pie, meatballs, Lamb Koftas and Pastitsio.