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Meal planning with mince

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Mince is a fantastically versatile meat. It is cheap compared to other meat cuts and meal planning with mince is super easy. You can buy it in a variety of meats, and you can get lots of delicious vegetarian and vegan alternatives now. Any of the below featured easy beef mince recipes can be made with Quorn, or suitable meat equivalent.

I love to do my best to make meat stretch further. It saves money and means we reduce our environmental impact slightly too. Also, by switching to 5% fat mince where possible we’ve been able to reduce our calorie intake from our favourite meals! Adding vegetables too means we’ve increased the health benefits from our favourite meals, and we are saving some money too.

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Easy beef mince recipes

Homemade burgers

Moroccan lamb burgers on the griddle

You really can’t beat a delicious burger, especially a homemade one! I love to make these Moroccan burgers, with lamb or beef mince. I always have herbs on hand because I know how to freeze fresh herbs and grow my own herbs in my garden.


Cottage pie, spaghetti bolognese and lasagne - meal planning with mince delicious easy mince recipes

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 pasta sauce to go with the meatballs too. 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 my slow cooker for a few hours and they are delicious!

Cottage Pie

A look at the slow cooker cottage pie

This is a great recipe to prepare on the same day as a slow cooker spaghetti bolognese or vegetarian 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.

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. My slow cooker cottage pie is really simple!

Spaghetti Bolognese

15 minute spaghetti bolognese

To my 15 minute 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. Usually I have a batch of my pasta sauce in the freezer for those days I want to batch cook in a hurry. If I’m feeling fancy I knock up some fresh pasta.

A cooked bolognese pasta bake one of my favourite easy beef mince recipes.

Don’t forget you can save some leftover bolognese for this delicious bolognese pasta bake. It’s so simple and you can prep it and pop it in the freezer, or leave it in the fridge for a day or two for some super tasty lunches! This is one of my favourites of these easy beef mince recipes. SO tasty, simple and anything that can be made with leftovers is a win for me!


The finished Slow cooker vegetarian lasagne recipe

Using mince from the spaghetti bolognese I often make a slow cooker lasagne too. Here is a great recipe for a gluten free slow cooker lasagne should you need it.

I make my own fresh 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.


A look at the cooked slow cooker beef chilli in a bowl

I tend to make slow cooker beef chilli for the freezer on the same day as a spaghetti bolognese. This recipe uses most of the same ingredients. Then I will add kidney beans, chilli powder, garlic and paprika.

I typically 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. Also, you can keep leftovers to use with rice, on tortilla chips, in wraps, and as a topping for a slow cooker jacket potato.


Slow cooker beef keema the finished dish

A bit of a surprising one but I absolutely LOVE using beef mince to make a slow cooker beef keema curry. You can use lamb, to make a more traditional curry, but as long as you get the herbs right you’ll have a decent curry whichever meat, or meat substitute, you use.

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Spaghetti bolognese, lasagne, burger and keema curry recipes made with mince.
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