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Tacos / Tortillas!

An easy alternative to tacos/tortilla wraps.

Ingredients (serves 6)

1 kilo mince – beef or chicken
2 packets taco seasoning
1 × 6 pack tortilla wraps
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup tomato salsa
2 cups grated cheese

Pre-heat oven to 180°c

Brown off mince, add taco seasoning and water. Simmer for 15 mins.

Layer tortilla wrap, mince, salsa, sour cream and cheese untill all wraps are used.

Sprinkle cheese across the top.

Place in preheated oven untill cheese is melted to desired liking.

Sweet and sticky rissoles.

Sweet n sticky lamb rissoles.

So this is a recipe that I surprised myself with during the week.

I bought lamb mince and wasn’t sure what I was going to use it for so decided I’d try out some trusty old rissoles / meatballs.

To my surprise they were sooooo good!

So here is what I did.

500gm lean lamb mince
1 x egg
1 x teaspoon minced garlic or 1 clove crushed garlic
1/4 x cup BBQ sauce – you could use rob sauce also
1 x tablespoon worstershire sauce
1/2 x cup wholemeal breadcrumbs

Put the mince and sauces into a bowl preferable glass or tin as will help infuse the flavours. Knead well then co dr with cling wrap and refrigerate for at minimal 1hour.

Once the mince and sauces have sat add the egg combining well but not too much as you dont want to break down the protein of either the egg or mince.

Slowly add the breadcrumbs combining well ensuring and even texture.

Divide mixture into balls about the size of your palm.

Roll into balls then slightly flatten so that they are approx 2cm thick and 8-10cm in diameter – these are how I cooked them but choose your own size. This size made 8 rissoles.

Cook in a medium heated non stick fry pan until browned each side, remembering the sauce will ooze out and caramelise causing a slight burnt look. This is really yummy and doesn’t taste burnt.

Allow to stand as will be super hot straight from the pan.

I had mine with a side of mash potato, these were so good you could make them into hamburgers, have with salad or even veg. Whatever you choose!

I had a few left over and my hubby ate them cold and said how good they were also cold.

Should keep in the fridge in an air tight container for approx 4 days, providing the hate not demolished! Yumo!

Jamie Oliver inspired fried rice.

Jamie Oliver inspired fried rice.

So I was watching a Jamie Oliver cooking show last night on how he try’s to minimise his food waste, and how thousands of dollars worth of food is water each year due to it simply going off prior to being eaten or used.

One of the recipes he made was a fried rice. It looked super easy and super delicious!

We all now how I like eating healthy, clean, easy, yummy food so I decided to make my twist on his recipe.

1 x family size packet uncle bens brown rice – cool in microwave for 90 seconds
1 x teaspoon garlic paste
1 x tablespoon chilli paste
1/4 x cup hot chilli sauce
2 x eggs
1 x small tin corn kernels
1 x bunch rocket – Finely sliced
1 x 100gm hot salami sliced
1 x 100gm roast pork

I used sandwich sliced roast pork and salami, pre packed from the supermarket. I always have sandwich meat in the fridge. You can always use ham, beef, chicken whatever you prefer. Jamie Oliver used left over roast beef.

In a large non stick fry pan heat the garlic, chilli and rice storing until all combined.

Add the corn followed by the meats.

Once all combined add the hot chilli sauce, then 1 egg making sure the raw egg is evening dispersed and cooked.

Add the rocket combine and press down firm so that the rice will crisp against the fry pan bottom and edges. Again Jamie used cabbage rather than rocket. I had no cabbage so used rocket instead.

With a spoon make a small well in the centre of the fried rice and crack the 2nd egg into the well.

Put the lid on and turn the heat off and let sit for at minimal 30 minutes.

These flavours enhance overtime and by leaving it sit with a lid on, the 2nd egg will cool from the existing heat.

This will last up to a week in an airtight container in the fridge.

I serve with grilled haloumi…! Yumo!

Remember as with most of my recipes, you can add as little or as much spice and flavour as you like! I like a lot of bite in my chilli – this recipe is only mild, I generally add 1/2 cup of extra hot chilli sauce.

Bad breath?

Bad breath?

Who would have thought that a dine apple can help combat bad breath?

A new study has recently found that the bad breath that happens after you consume raw garlic is best neutralized by raw apple. (It’s a particular compound in garlic that can’t be broken down until digestion)

In the study, researchers had volunteers eat raw garlic, then measured levels of certain ‘stink’ producing garlic compounds when they exhaled.

Next, the volunteers were given various food’s to see how each would affect the smell. Raw apple seemed to “deodorised” the garlic compounds best, with lemon juice, mint, green tea, parsley, and spinach also making improvements on the breath.

It is believed that these particular foods were effective because they all contain compounds called polyphenols, which previous research suggests break down the compounds in garlic.

This “deodorising” ability just adds to a long list of great healthy things apples can do for you—such as help regulate your blood fat levels and provide healthy, filling fibre not to mention the old saying ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’.

Yummy lentil burgers!

Lentil burgers recipe

We are all trying to be a little healthier in my house hold so I’ve been sourcing some healthy recipes. I’m also trying to make finger food so that my toddler – who has become quite fussy will at least try what I cook. He still likes to feed himself…! See previous posts.

This recipe is passed on by a good friend of mine who is a very healthy individual who also prefers to eat organic.

These yummy lentil burger patties are a real mainstay of vegetarian menus. This version is so tasty and versatile that you can use it for lentil balls, mini bites and burgers patties.

3 cups cooked brown lentils
1 cup mashed potato
1 cup mashed sweet potato
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup L.S.A.
1 carrot, grated
1 onion, finely chopped
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 tsp garlic, crushed
1 tsp vegetable stock powder
Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper and set aside.

In a bowl, mix all the ingredients.

Using wet hands, shape mixture into balls or patties – whatever you prefer and place on the tray.

Bake for 30 minutes.