Indian Spiced Savoury Mince

I’m always after new and different healthy ways to use mince and this works a treat. I was off unexpectedly today as my little Mimi is sick since last night so I’ve been on nursing duty all day, the poor little pet is feeling a good bit better and when Daddy got in from work I took a quick trip out to Aldi to pick up some ingredients to throw dinner together. This is beautifully aromatic while cooking filling your kitchen with beautiful exotic smells. Its gorgeous with rice but you could have it with wedges or jacket potato either. You know me, I like large portions and this serves 4 hungry people at 7 smartpoints a portion of mince, you could easily feed 6 to be honest

1000g lean beef mince
1 onion peeled & diced
2 stalks celery peeled & diced
2 medium carrots peeled & diced
100g Frozen Peas
Small piece of ginger peeled & grated
2 cloves of garlic peeled & crushed
2 tins plum tomatoes
1 Tbsp garam masala
1 Tbsp tomato puree
Fresh coriander leaves

Spice Blend:
2 Tbsp ground coriander
2 Tbsp ground cumin
1 Tbsp turmeric
1 Tsp paprika
¼ Tsp chilli powder
Pinch of ground cloves
Salt & black pepper

In a non stick pan sprayed with some oil sautee the diced veg until softening (approx 8 mins). Add beef mince and cook until browned, breaking up with a wooden spoon as it cooks. Add grated ginger, spice blend and crushed garlic and fry for another minute to release the flavours. Add in the tinned chopped tomatoes and tomato puree. Bring to the boil, lower the heat to medium and cook covered with a lid for 30 minutes stirring occasionally (add a little water if it goes too dry). Remove the lid, add the frozen peas and garam masala stir through and cook for another 10 minutes or so. Serve with rice or poatato and garnish with fresh chopped coriander. Enjoy!

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Gorgeously Hearty and Healthy, Chunky Minestrone Soup

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The russet colours of autumnal leaves are in their full array, there is a distinct chilly bite to the air, warm fluffy fleece blankets and soft woollen socks are back in action and it’s most definitely soup season again. Is there anything more comforting on a cold autumn evening than a big steaming hot bowl of filling and delicious soup, nope there is nothing I know that can fill that heart-warming role to the same perfection. I have a beautiful chunky minestrone soup recipe for you that won’t even require any bread or other accompaniments as the addition of whole wheat pasta and cannellini beans make it a filling meal all in itself. Continue reading

Lusciously Cheesy Hearty Lasagne

What is the most tempting flavoursome pasta dish you can think of? Lasagne of course! It’s naturally cheesy and carby by nature and yes, it takes a little bit of thought to make a skinny version but it’s not impossible, I see so many skinny versions with vegetables instead of pasta sheets & quark or yogurt instead of sauce but I’m sorry, I’m a bit allergic to those recipes, I have yet to come across one I’ve actually liked or enjoyed eating. I think this is by far a better healthy version and all it takes is just incorporating a few tweaks to lighten it up without losing any original flavour or texture. This is a no holds barred proper version of lasagne with no skimping or swapping ingredients, using proper lasagne sheets, proper homemade sauce, mountains of real cheese & chock full of fabulous flavour it’s just a bit lighter, win win! This Serves 6 peeople at just 12 Smartpoints or Macros 513Cal | Protein 41 | Carbs 62 | Fat 10. Here’s my humble offering:

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