Are you tired of repeating the same mince recipes over and over again? Yes?? Mince is always on my list of cuts that we order from the free range farm that delivers our meat. As an aside – Free Range mince contrasts starkly in both texture and flavor to the supermarket variety. If you are yet to try it I would urge you to seek it out. Not only do you tend to use less when using great quality meat, the flavour is also markedly better. So… I’m getting off my soap box
We regularly include meals made from (free range) mince beef on our family menu. It is an economical meat cut and is versatile if you apply some thought to it’s uses. When we received our last meat delivery I kept on opening the freezer door and ignoring it. I was waiting for inspiration to hit me, something different to use it for. Our usual family favorites made from mince include:
That is about it….and has been for the last couple of years.
When I checked the freezer for something to make for dinner last week there was mince and mince and mince waiting to be used. This time I resolved to use the mince to make something new that would work its way onto our family favorite menu list. Our “usual suspects” (listed above) needed to be refreshed. Family favorites such as spaghetti bolognese need to be included on the family menu on a regular basis for everyone’s sanity. Despite this, there is also a need for variety. I make it my mission to seek new recipe inclusions to the family favorites list. This recipe made it! It is simple, quick and flavorsome. I have made this meal a number of times in the last few weeks and my family loves it, including my fussy little 4 year old. As a result it goes straight onto the “family favorites list”as a bonus this recipe is also quick to create.
Be creative and adjust this recipe based on what you have available in the garden or fridge. I have modified the recipe by switching the greens based on what I had available – eg: I have switched peas for beans and kale for spinach. We have also added broccoli and mushrooms to the recipe.
I hope that you give this recipe a try with your family and add it to your family favorites list. If you try it I’d love to hear how if your family enjoyed it.
- Udon noodles
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 2 garlic loves - chopped finely
- 1 small brown onion - chopped finely
- 500 grams mince beef
- ½ teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
- 1 teaspoon fish sauce
- 1 teaspoon palm sugar
- 1 cup of peas
- 1 carrot finely sliced/shredded
- one handful kale - chopped
- spring onion to serve
- Set a pot of water to boil
- Add the oil to a pan, when it is warm add the garlic and onion and stir waiting until the onion softens
- Add the noodles to the boiling water to cook, then drain and add to serving bowls
- Add the mince and cook until it is browned, stir often
- Once the meat has brown add the sesame, oyster, and fish sauces and the palm sugar
- Stir and cook for a minute or two
- Add the peas and chopped kale and stir
- When the mince has cooked through add the carrot on top of the noodles and then the mince
- Top with chopped spring onions
What is your family favorite mince recipe?
Please share in the comments below. I am sure that there are mums far and wide seeking new ideas for using mince in family friendly recipes. What is yours?
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