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Tortilla layer cake

An easy mid week or weekend family meal.

Quick, easy and delicious!

Oh and mildly healthy

Tortilla layer cake?

An easy alternative to tacos/tortilla wraps.

Ingredients (serves 6)

1 x kilo mince – I use lean beef but you can also use chicken or turkey mince.
2 x packets taco seasoning
1 × 6 pack tortilla wraps
1 1/2 x cups water
1/2 x cup sour cream
1/2 x cup tomato salsa
2 x cups grated cheese
Method

Pre-heat oven to 180°c

Brown off mince on stove top then add taco seasoning and water.

Simmer for 15 mins.

In an oven proof bowl layer each tortilla wrap with mince, salsa, sour cream and cheese untill all wraps are used. It will resemble something like a cake!

Sprinkle cheese across the top.

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

burrito salad!

Burrito Salad – healthy yet delicious!

Ingredients

1 1/2 x cups lettuce

1/2 x cup brown rice, cooked

1/3 x cup beans, cooked (I use the 4 bean mix that comes in a tin, simply drain and rinse)

1 x cup vegetables (try tomatoes, red peppers, onions, or roasted sweet potatoes)

2 x tablespoons avocado or guacamole

2 x tablespoons salsa

Sprinkle of low-fat cheese

Directions

1. Place lettuce in large bowl.

2. Add the rice and beans then toss.

3. Top with your choice of vegetables, plus salsa and cheese (if desired).

4. Eat cold or microwave for 20 seconds and serve.

You could also add some cooked mince it cook a steak or chicken breast, slice and also toss through!

Easy, full of flavour and heathy!

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
Method

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.

Ingredients
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

Method
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!

Easy, healthy meatloaf muffins!

Toddler meatloaf!

My toddler has all of a sudden became very fussy with food. Unless it’s cheese sticks, ham or chicken in a biscuit.

I’m finding it tough to feed him nutritious food that will fill him up.

I stumbled across this old recipe in one of my books but altered it to fit muffin trays, perfect singular serves for toddlers.

My little guy doesn’t love them but he also doesn’t refuse them! Good sign 🙂

This recipe is super quick, very easy and has nutrients from the vegetables and meat where you can either add extra vege if you like.

Ingredients
750g beef mince
1/2 onion, finely chopped (optional)
1 x 170gm no added salt tomato paste
3 x carrots grated
1 small zucchini grated
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
2 x egg, lightly beaten
6 cherry tomatoes, halved

Method
Preheat oven to 180°C.
Spray six 3/4-cup capacity muffin tin with cooking oil spray and set aside.

Place the mince in a large bowl along with the tomato paste, carrot, zucchini, breadcrumbs and egg. Mix until fully combined.

Press mince mixture into prepared muffin holes and press in half a cherry tomato into the top of each.

Transfer to oven and cook for 25 minutes, or until cooked through.

Allow to stand for a couple of minutes, drain excess liquid before serving delicious with steamed vegetables or salad.

Chicken n Veg Sausage Rolls!

Easy chicken n veg sausage rolls

Ingredients
1 cup wholemeal breadcrumbs
500g mince (chicken or beef)
2 eggs – 1 for mixture plus 1 lightly beaten for brushing on pastry
1 zucchini, finely grated
1 carrot, finely grated
1/2 onion, grated (optional)
4 sheets frozen puff pastry, just thawed

Tomato or sweet chilli or sauce, to serve
Step 1
Preheat the oven to 200°C and line 2 baking sheets with baking paper.

Step 2
Put all filling ingredients into a large bowl (not including pastry and second egg). Combine well.

Step 3
Place 1 pastry sheet on a floured surface and fold in half. Spoon approx 3 tablespoons of mixture lengthways along the end of the pastry.
Roll along until your pastry looks like a log.
Repeat with remaining pastry sheets.
Cut rolls into desired lengths and make two small incisions into each roll to prevent splitting. This lets the inside heat out which causes the pastry to split otherwise.
Place on baking sheets, cover and chill for 30 minutes.
Brush with beaten egg.

Step 4
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the rolls are lightly browned and cooked through. Serve with sauce on the side.

Best served warm but can also be eaten cold and will keep in the fridge for a week or freeze.

These can be varied depending on the flavours your family like.

I generally use beef mince and by grating the carrot and zucchini finely they are disguised and little ones don’t and can’t pick it out 🙂 extra unknown vege yippee! 🙂

Easy peasy healthy meatballs.

Easy healthy meatballs!

500gm lean mince
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon garlic
1 teaspoon chili powder
2 eggs

Put the mince in a large mixing bowl. Add both raw eggs and combine well
Add the tomato paste and continue to combine then add garlic and chili until all ingredients are well combined.

Take a large spoon of mixture and roll into a ball like shape – you can actually make any shape you like – sausage etc.

Once all meatballs are formed heat a frypan on medium and cook until each side is golden brown.

Serve with diced tomato and avocado for a easy salsa.

Or use as patties for burgers!

This easy meatball recipe can also be altered using turkey mince or pork mince.

Guarantee all the family will love them and by making them smaller ie the size of a golf ball – your toddler can easily munch away on them!

Either way – Delicious!