I was talking with a young mum a few weeks ago and she was
asking for some ideas for getting the kids to eat their veg. I asked a few questions and it transpired that the kids loved mince and Asian flavours (but not chilli).
Grating vegetables is always a good way to add them to dishes and in this dish you can use whatever is in season. It also does double duty as it is also a great way to use up the odd vegetable that might be languishing in the vegetable bin.
Anyway this recipe has proved popular with the mum who loves it because it is so quick and easy as well as including a good variety of vegetables and the kids because, it includes mince and flavours they love.
For those who like a chilli kick add some sliced fresh chilli or a pinch of dried chilli flakes with the onion and garlic or serve with a hot chilli sauce of your choice.
Asian-inspired Mince & Vegetables
The mince mixture can be assembled in the morning, covered and left in the fridge until ready to cook at dinnertime.
Serves 4 – good sized servings or 6 – smaller servings
500g beef mince
1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
2 tsp brown sugar
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp fish sauce
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 large parsnip, grated
1 large carrot, grated
½ small cabbage, finely sliced
2 tbsp hoisin sauce
1 tbsp maize cornflour mixed with a little water
2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander or parsley
1 Place mince, ginger, sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil and fish sauce in a bowl and mix to combine. Set aside to stand for at least 5 minutes.
2 Place a little oil, onion and garlic in a frying pan over a medium heat, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for 8-10 minutes or until onion softens.
3 Increase heat, add mince mixture and cook, breaking up, for 10-15 minutes or until mince is cooked through.
4 Add parsnip, carrot, cabbage and hoisin sauce and mix to combine. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary, for 10 minutes longer or until vegetables are cooked. Stir in cornflour mixture, then add coriander and mix to combine.
Serving suggestions: For a one-bowl meal, spoon into bowls or for a more substantial meal serve over steamed white or brown rice.
Happy cooking and eating.
Recipe by Rachel Blackmore
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