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Spicy Chow Mein in Lettuce Cups!

Spicy Chow Mein in Lettuce Cups!


I think of this is as an alternative to tacos (which we love) but a little less carb heavy, and you can really pack the veg in this dish without the kids getting fussy.

I like quite spicy food, so if you don’t like too much heat then I would just add one teaspoon of chilli flakes to start and keep tasting as you cook, as no-one knows your families taste buds more then you.  I grew up on very hot food, so I had quite a few people test this dish for heat and so far, its had the thumbs up.

This dish is so very cheap and easy to do, you can freeze it (I would leave the noodles out, and boil those up just before serving).  This recipe serves 4-6 people, so if you are a family of four, well you will have some leftover for lunch the next day (Yum!).  This is also great when you unexpectedly have extras at your house for dinner, just plonk the mixture into the middle of the table and lay out the lettuce cups and let everyone serve themselves.  

 

Ingredients

500g of beef mince

1 bunch of finely sliced shallots

2 teaspoons of garlic

1 small packet of vermicelli noodles (or any noodles is fine)

1 teaspoon of ground chilli powder

2 teaspoons of chilli flakes

4 – 5 tablespoons of soy sauce

1 teaspoon of brown sugar

1 level teaspoon of sesame oil

1 & 1/2  level teaspoons of 5 Chinese five spice

1/2 iceberg lettuce

1/4 of finely sliced red cabbage

1 diced (small cubes) zucchini

1 diced (small cubes) carrot

Handful of fresh coriander (to serve)

1/2 red capsicum finely sliced (optional)

 

Method

Brown the mince in the sesame oil, add your spices, garlic and sauces and let simmer for 5 minutes, in the meantime boil up your noodles (they only take a minute or two) and drain.  Add your diced veg, let it cook for another 10 minutes.  Don’t overcook the veg, because you really do want that lovely crunchy texture through the dish.

Place into lettuce cups and serve. Don’t overfill the lettuce cups, because you want to bend it over the mixture almost like a roll when you bite into it.  

I added a few slices of fresh red capsicum on top for that extra crunch.

It’s that easy.

Enjoy!

 

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Easy Roasted Pumpkin & Pine Nut Risotto!

Easy Roasted Pumpkin & Pine Nut Risotto!

Who doesn't love a good Risotto? This is our no fail recipe that is bound to please even the fussiest eater, give it a go as an easy mid week meal!

 

Ingredients:

 1/2 a butternut pumpkin

2 cups of rice,

1 cup of peas

750g of pine nuts,

1 1/2 cups of water & Parmesan to taste.

 

Method:

  • Roast diced pumpkin for 30 minutes at 180.
  • In the meantime boil 2 cups of rice and peas.
  • Roast pine nuts in a seperate tray for 10 minutes before the pumpkin is done.
  • Once pumpkin has cooled, combine the pumpkin and water into a blender.
  • Drain rice and peas. A
  • Add together to form the risotto.
  • Sprinkle pine nuts and Parmesan on top to taste.
  • Enjoy!

 

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Zucchini and bacon slice

Zucchini and bacon slice

This Slice is super easy to make and great for school lunches,  It can be frozen to use at a later date. You can add whatever veggies you have in the fridge too!

Ingredients:

4 rashes of bacon,

2 grated zucchini

2 grated carrots

6 eggs

1/2 cup of milk

1 cup of cheese

1 teaspoon of mustard

1/2 cup of shallots

 

Method:

  • Fry shallots, and bacon in one pan.
  • Combine the zucchini, carrot, cheese, eggs, milk and mustard together in one bowl.
  • Once bacon & shallots has cooled mix through the rest of the ingredients.
  • Place in a oven proof dish and cook on 180 for 35 minutes
  • Slice and serve with a salad!

Serves 8 - 12

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100 Cookies From 4 ingredients!

100 Cookies From 4 ingredients!

We made these cookies to leave out for Santa this Christmas, they were super easy for the kids to make and you can freeze the dough that you don't use for another time. Add what you like as toppings, choc chips, m&ms etc yum!

Ingredients

500g butter

1 can condensed milk 

1/3 cup white sugar

5 cups Self Raising flour

 

Instructions

1. Preheat oven at 180C

2. Line 2 large trays with baking paper.

3. Cream sugar and butter.

4. Add condensed milk and continue to cream.

5. Slowly add the flour to the mixture until fully combined.

6. Divide mixture into4 – 6 different portions depending on how many different flavour biscuits you want to make.

7. Add the different ingredients to each portion eg, nuts, chocolate chips, jam etc.

8. Roll into approx 3/4 inch balls and place on trays, flatten slightly. Place a couple cm apart as they will expand when cooking.

9. Bake for 12 minutes until biscuits are golden in colour. Biscuits may be soft to touch when you take them out of the oven but don’t worry they firm up as they cool. 10. Let cool and enjoy!

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Easy Banana Slice!

Easy Banana Slice!

This Banana slice is pretty easy to make, the texture is a little denser then normal banana cake but it tastes great!

Cake

  • 1 cup self-raising flour
  • 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 banana mashed
  • 80 gms butter
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

 

Icing

  • 125 gms of cream cheese
  • 1 cup of icing sugar
  • grated chocolate

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees
  • This is so easy, pop all ingredients except the icing ingredients into a Thermomix or blender and blend on high for 1 minute.
  • Pour mix into a lined baking tray and pop in the oven for 35 minutes.
  • In the mean time, place cream cheese and icing sugar and mix with a mix master.
  • Once slice is cooled spread across the top evenly.
  • Decorate with grated chocolate
  • Slice and enjoy!

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