Savoury mince is a quick family dish and can be served in many ways… with pasta or rice, on top a jacket potato, in a pita pocket, on whole-wheat toast or rolled up in a wrap. Variety is key to reduce boredom often associated with healthy eating. Time is of the essence for many a mom, student or new bride which makes a portfolio of quick but most importantly nutritious meals a handy tool to have. Using savoury mince every second week, alternating with meat balls is a good way to have 1 out of 5 meals planned for.
Red meat is an excellent source of iron and should not be eliminated from the diet completely unless you adequately replace the red meat in terms of protein AND iron. Vegan and vegetarian diets are hard work when done properly and should not be taken on lightly. The important thing with the use of red meat is that it is lean. Choose extra lean mince and extend it with lentils for added fibre and lean protein.
You can also add many a vegetable to savoury mince together with herbs and spices for added flavour to personal preference. If vegetables are a source of conflict with the smalls of the family, hiding them in mince is often the answer. I do however recommend leaving some visible vegetables to maintain the expectation to eat vegetables. If these are picked out, there will be some hidden to supply the nutrition required. The key is not to give in. No need for fights but continued exposure to vegetables will be more effective than the desired absence thereof.
This savoury mince recipe is simple and can be prepared with any seasonal vegetables and herbs of preference. Once you discover your ultimate flavour combination, I recommend mixing up a large batch in the appropriate ratio. This will make it readily available when you need it. Simply add 50 ml of the mix per 400 g of mince meat.
By March 7, 2017Published:
- Yield: 4 Servings
- Cook: 30 mins
Savoury mince is a quick family dish and can be served in many ways... with pasta or rice, on top a jacket potato, in a pita pocket, …
- 1/2 medium green pepper
- 2 large tomatoes grated
- 400 grams extra lean mince
- 200 grams brown lentils cooked or canned, rinsed
- 2 large carrots grated / sliced, thinly
- 25 ml brown onion soup
- 1 teaspoon mustard powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin powder
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried basil