Mini Meal Planner with Minced meat

I think it is important to realize that everyone is not as cooking crazy as myself hence not willing or able to spendIMG_0718 as much time cooking as I do. For me it is more than a hobby hence I can justify more time!  I think it is really good to make one thing and then spread it over a few days in different formats. As there is nothing more boring than eating the same thing for days on end – it is the sure way to overindulging in something completely different. You can of course also freeze these cooked to split up the minced meat frenzy and/or have a sallad dinner one night in between!

I actually thought I may have curbed my Finn Crisp addiction (I eat them with butter and some salt.. I try and stop at 4, I think I just had 10!) but no… always harder to eat well again after a day of not doing so.  But what I have realized is that now at least my bad is rye crackers with butter, not a 250 gram of milk chocolate! Also I don’t feel as guilty – guilt is such an overused emotion with such ridiculous things! I will have to get better!

So 500 grams of mince… what can you do with it? My basis for three days on 500 grams of mince for 2 adults and 2 children is a bolognese sauce with a lot of vegetables.

1. Bolognese sauce with extra vegetables MEAL 1

Heat 2 tbsp of rapeseed oil and cook on low heat any or as many of the below vegetables you like (and your kids like and you have at home):

Onion

Garlic

Pepper

Carrots

Courgette/Zucchini

Mushrooms

Cabbage… etc take what you have!

Chop them all finely – even grate some if you think the kids will not like the bits. If they are really picky even blitz all the vegetables with the tins of tomatoes and then remove from pan and brown the mince. They won’t even know. My kids eat capers all the time this way!

When the onion is translucent (see through) add:

4tbsp of tomato puree

500 grams of mince and brown thisIMG_0560

When browned add:

2 tins of tomatoes

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1 tsp dried oregano (optional)

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Cook it all through until you have a vegetable stuffed mince (rough bolognese sauce)

(you could also add a tin of chickpeas, kidney beans or other beans in the end)

Now take out about 1/3 for eating as is on top of some cooked broccoli, an avocado or some spiralized vegetables and eat like a bolognese sauce! Cool the rest for other days or freeze it!

2. Lasagna (oven on at 200 degrees C) MEAL 2IMG_0716

Take another third of mince and layer this with ribbons of zucchini (courgette).

The white sauce I made from:

25 grams butter (melt and then add the psyllium husk and po fiber to thicken)

1 tbsp psyllium husk (fiberhusk)

1 tbsp po fibre

2.5 dl milk or dairy free alternative

salt and pepper

100 grams grated cheese as usual I use cheddar. Half in white sauce half on top! The sauce is not a very nice consistency … but I promise it tastes nice. I am not crazy on white sauce in standard lasagna, hence I don’t use a lot of it here.

Then cook in the oven for 25-30 min until golden and bubbling.  Eat as is or with a green salad.

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3. Cowboy Soup MEAL 3

Cowboy soup is something the kids get at school and when I made it the first time I was impressed by how easy it was and how tasty!! They highlighted it didn’t taste as good as schools however…

Fry another onion in 2 tbsp of oil and add:

1 tbsp cumin (spiskummin)

2 tsp paprika powder

Warm spices through then add last third of bolognese mixture. Add:

1 tin of tomatoes

2-3 tins of water (start with 2)

1 tsp of bullion powder

1 tbsp dried basil

1 tbsp Dijon mustard

salt and pepper and

tin of beans – cannellini beans are nice

Add some spinach at the end to just wilt into the soup if you have it in the cupboard!

Serve as a chunky soup!

This is a very easy way to use less meat and cook simply and to make cooking during the week quick!  Good luck.

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