This makes a massive pot of mince - our family will get 4 - 5 meals out of this one dish.... Burritos, Nachos, Lasagne, Mini Mince and Cheese Pies and a couple of Mince Stuffed Avocados. It makes meal planning for the week easy, if you don't like eating the same thing too many nights in a row then freeze some of it to use another day. 

 

Prep time: 20mins

Cook time: 60mins

Yield: about 14cups

Ingredients:

  • 1kg mince 
  • 3 Beetroot (including leaves) 
  • 1/4 large pumpkin
  • 1 bunch silverbeet
  • 2 small leeks or 1 large
  • 3 carrots 
  • 1 large zucchini 
  • 2 stalks celery (including leaves) 
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped basil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh thyme or 1 Tbs dried
  • 2 Tbs chopped fresh rosemary or 2tsp dried
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh oregano or 1 Tbs dried 
  • 4 large garlic cloves 
  • 2 cups beef stock or 1 can tomatoes 
  • 2 -3 tsp sea salt to taste
  • 2 -3 tsp black pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbs paprika
  • 1/4 cup tamari soy sauce (optional - just needed a bit more depth of flavour and this did it)

You can basically use anything you like in this - just buy veggies that are in season and therefore cheap. It is also a really good way to use less 'desirable' parts of the veggies - beetroot leaves, chop up silverbeet/spinach stalks and all, grate broccoli/cauliflower stems into it, just add loads of veggies. Because it cooks long and slow all of these veggies end up very tender and you can't even tell they are there. If you have exceptionally fussy childeren who don't like 'bits' in their mince you can steam the veggies, puree them and then put them in - they will never know ;-).

Instructions:

  1. Chop and grate all veggies - use the whole veggie, not just the 'good' part!
  2. Heat coconut oil in a large casserole dish or pot (you could also use a deep baking dish and cook in the oven)
  3. Add leek and garlic - cook for about three mins
  4. Add all other ingredients, stir to combine, cover and cook on medium/low for about 40mins stirring occasionally - should be gently simmering.
  5. Remove cover and cook for a further 20 mins to reduce
  6. Use to make Lasagne or Loose LasagneBurritos, Mince Pies, Mince on Toast, Mince on Brown Rice, Mince Stuffed Avocados.... use your imagination