Meal planning with mince

Mince is a fantastically versatile meat. It is cheap compared to other meat cuts and meal planning with mince is super easy.

Today I am going to share with you some of my ideas about meal planning with mince. I will share with you the other food items that I use to make things go a little further.

Meal planning with mince

Burgers

Personally I use Jamie Oliver’s recipe and just change the herb flavours as I want. This recipe involves using cream crackers, rather than bread, to help bind the mixture. It is basically cream crackers, an egg, herbs and seasoning and the mince.

Meatballs

This recipe works really well when adapted from the burger mixture above. I tend to make up the burger mixture, separate a portion for the meatballs, and then add different herbs. I mostly add basil, as I love Italian flavours. It is really easy to make a simple sauce to go with this using garlic, basil and passata. I simmer the ingredients down and it takes just minutes to prepare this dish. The meatballs can be cooked in the oven or on the hob. Sometimes I cook them in their sauce in the slow cooker for a few hours and they are delicious!

Cottage Pie

This is a great recipe to prepare on the same day as a spaghetti bolognese or lasagne. Onions and carrots go great in a cottage pie and are super cheap too. I tend to use more earthy herbs in a cottage pie and if I am pressed for time I freeze the prepared mince and make the mash up on another occasion. This is a fantastic meal to take straight from the freezer and place into the oven.

Spaghetti Bolognese

To my spaghetti bolognese I add a variety of different vegetables. These vary, depending on what I have, but are typically onions, peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, courgettes and carrots. I use garlic, basil and any other herbs that take my fancy. I mostly keep this simple and then I use a portion of this mince in my lasagne recipe.

Lasagne

Using mince from the spaghetti bolognese I make a lasagne. I make my own pasta and I also make my own white sauce, which doesn’t take long at all. My pasta is made using free range eggs and 00 pasta flour and then I run the pasta through my pasta maker until it is medium thickness. White sauce is made using flour, butter and milk. It takes me around 15 minutes to put this together.

Chilli

I tend to make chilli for the freezer on the same day as a spaghetti bolognese. I use most of the same ingredients but then I will add kidney beans, chilli powder, garlic and paprika. I tend to cook a chilli on a low slow heat, such as in a slow cooker, but it can be prepared on the hob or in the oven too. Chilli is a great freezer meal as you can use it with rice, on tortilla chips, in wraps, and as a topping for a baked potato.

I hope that this recipes have been helpful to you. I tend to store my freezer meals in either lock & lock storage containers or these Pyrex dishes. The Pyrex dishes are ideal as you can just take out of the freezer and place in the fridge in the morning. The lids are simple to remove and they really do keep the food airtight and protected from freezer burn.

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