The key ingredient for a range of family favourites
Having mince in the freezer means there’s always a quick, easy meal that can be made.
Think Spaghetti Bolognaise, Rippa Rissoles, Macaroni Beef or spice it up with Chilli Beef or Tacos, the list goes on. Things like my Tasty Meat Loaf and Shepherd’s Pie are also good old-fashioned favourites.
A meal of mince can go a long way. When you have unexpected mouths to feed add grated carrots, zucchini and slices of bread to bulk it up. Mince is also a great way to smuggle veggies into a family meal.
Make a meal for one using leftover savoury mince in jaffles, on toast or stuff it into a jacket potato.
Mince lends itself well to the basic one pan dinner. Spray a frypan with cooking spray. Fry off the mince with some minced garlic and dried herbs, stir in some frozen veggies, a can of tomato soup, beef stock, and pasta, then add water and simmer until the pasta is cooked. Dinner is served.
Planning a cooking day? Add mince to the list. With a little forward planning you can have delicious home-cooked frozen meals on hand for days when you arrive home late or just don’t feel like cooking.
3 quick mince tips:
- Buy premium mince as you really do get what you pay for. Look for mince that is quite red; the redder mince has less fat through it. Buy in bulk, it’s usually cheaper.
- When freezing mince flatten out so it becomes long and thin. This way it will freeze quicker and thaw quicker too.
- When adding mince to the pan, add it gradually to the pan so the pan doesn’t become cold, this way the meat will fry rather than stew.
Looking for a mince recipe? My cookbooks are filled with lots of family favourites.
All 7 Symply Too Good To Be True cookbooks are available in good newsagents and online in our shop.
Want some more help with the family budget? Check out my 7 tips for budget meals
Pictured is my Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe from book 6.