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Easy Hazelnut & Chocolate Truffles

Easy Hazelnut & Chocolate Truffles


These truffles are one of life's little pleasures, make them and share with friends or keep them for yourself haha!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup hazelnuts
  • 100 grm chocolate wafer biscuits crushed
  • ¾ cup of Nutella
  • 200 grm dark cocoa chocolate melted and cooled

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 180c (160c fan forced).
  2. Spread hazelnuts on a baking tray and bake for 10 mins. Remove them from the oven to let them cool slightly.
  3. The skin of the hazelnut will need to be removed. The best method to do this is using a tea towel to rub the surface of the hazelnut until all skin is removed.
  4. Finely chop the hazelnuts and place them into a bowl.
  5. Add Nutella and wafer biscuits to the chopped nuts and mix well. You may need to chill the mixture for 20 – 30 mins or until firm enough to roll.
  6. Roll 1 heaped teaspoon of mixture into a ball. Repeat until remaining mix is used.
  7. Place hazelnut balls onto a lined baking tray and chill for 45 mins or until firm.
  8. When the balls are firm dip them into the cooled melted chocolate one at a time ensuring they are coated evenly. Shake off the excess chocolate.
  9. Place into fridge until chocolate has set.

Makes 20

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Our Healthier Take On Christmas Rum Balls!

Our Healthier Take On Christmas Rum Balls!

Lets face it we eat enough food that isn't good for us in the silly season, but we don't have to feel quite as guilty eating these Healthier Rum balls. They still have sugar in them so moderation is recommended but they are a lot better then condensed milk filled balls that we normally see at Christmas time. These are a yummy sweet delicious treat and I guaranteed they will be eatenn just as quick as traditional Rum balls.

Ingredients:

  • Dates pitted 400grams

  • Oats 1 cup

  • Rum 4 tablespoons
  • Coconut 3/4 cup

  • Cocoa powder natural, we use Loving Earth

  • Maple syrup 1/4 cup

  • Almonds 1 cup

  • Coconut for rolling

Method:

Add dates, Rum, oats and nuts to a food processor and blitz, the mixture will be a fine crumb and slightly sticky.

Pop mixture into a bowl and add syrup, almond milk, cocoa and coconut and mix well.

Roll mixture into approx 1 inch balls and roll in coconut.

Pop in a sealable container until ready to eat, can also be frozen for up to 4 weeks in a freezer.

Tip: If you don't like Rum replace with Baileys or Almond Milk yum!

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Corn And Bacon Bread

Corn And Bacon Bread

I love corn bread slightly toasted with avocado, bacon and sour cream on it, it is so good. This is my go to corn bread recipe, the whole family will love it, I also make muffins with this recipe as well.

Ingredients

  • Onion 1
  • Garlic clove crushed 1
  • Bacon rashes fat trimmed 4
  • Zucchini grated 1
  • Corn kernels 1 cup
  • tasty cheese grated 1/2 cup
  • Self raising flour 1/3 cup
  • Eggs 5
  • Olive oil 1 tablespoon
  • salt and pepper to taste.

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees
  2. Line a 10cm x 21cm loaf tin with baking paper.
  3. Heat oil in a frying pan on medium heat and cook bacon pieces and onion until starts to brown.
  4. Transfer to bowl and add all other ingredients and mix well.
  5. Pour mixture into loaf tin and bake for approx 50 - 55 minutes until top is golden colour.
  6. Slice and pop into lunch box, perfect with some cherry tomato's and cucumber.

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9 Gluten Free Slices that don't compromise on taste!

9 Gluten Free Slices that don't compromise on taste!

Just because you follow a gluten free diet, it doesn’t mean you have to go without sweet treats, as these delicious 14 gluten free slices prove.

Edit: Please note since posting this blog it has been bought to our attention that one of the recipes uses oat flour, which is not classified as gluten free in Australia, and would make some people with Coeliac Disease very sick. Some other countries have a differing system of grading 'gluten free' so please check this before making.

  1. Gluten free lemon bars from Gluten Free On A Shoestring These lemon bars have a chewy and crunchy crust, with a lemony custard filling. These are the perfect summery dessert when served chilled. 1 2. No bake salted caramel slice from The Big Mans World This no bake slice can easily be made with crackers, store bought caramel and store bought chocolate, but the recipe includes instructions to make your own caramel and chocolate. After all, it’s always going to be a little bit healthier if it’s homemade. 2 3. Raw chocolate raspberry slice from Frankies Feast If your looking for something a little healthier in a dessert, not to mention gluten free, this raw chocolate raspberry slice is it. It involves no baking, and is dairy free, egg free, gluten free, raw and vegan. 3 4. Chocolate chip almond butter bars from Emilie Eats These gooey chocolate chip almond butter bars are so easy to make, and best of all are sweetened naturally using apllesauce. 4 5. Gluten free blueberry bars from Petite Allergy Treats Another raw recipe, these blueberry bars are made from gluten free oat flour, and sweetened with maple syrup and blueberry puree. 5 6. Cherry pie crumble bars from Wicked Good Kitchen These cherry pie crumble bars are the perfect summer inspired slice. While the main recipe does include gluten, just follow the gluten free option notes below the recipe to adapt the recipe. 6 7. Healthy no bake carrot cake bars from Happy Healthy Mama These no bake bars are like a healthy carrot cake in slice form. Like any good carrot cake, they are also topped with cream cheese frosting, yet at the same time contain very little sugar. 7 8. Gluten free chocolate chip cookie bars from Ask Anna Moseley Chocolate chip bars are the ultimate lazy way to make chocolate chip cookies; why shape each individual cookie when you can just pour the entire batter into a slice tin? This delicious version contains no gluten, egg or dairy. 8 9. Chocolate peanut butter fudge bars from Averie Cooks Peanut butter and chocolate are one of those combinations that just always work. These chocolate peanut butter bars combine the two in this super easy no bake, one bowl, gluten free recipe.

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Easy French Onion Dip - Only 2 ingredients!

Easy French Onion Dip - Only 2 ingredients!

This easy French onion dip is my go to dip recipe when I am time poor. Only 2 ingredients and super tasty with crackers.

Ingredients

  • Cream cheese 250 grams
  • French onion soup mix 1 packet

  Instructions

  1. Combine ingredients until the soup mix is well combined.
  2. Transfer to a bowl and pop in the fridge for an hour to firm up.
  3. Serve with crackers or celery and carrot sticks.

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13 Healthy Ball Recipes, that will curb any sweet craving!

13 Healthy Ball Recipes, that will curb any sweet craving!

Balls are the ultimate healthy snack. They are quick and easy to make, usually only contain a few ingredients, and most recipes freeze extremely well. Make a big batch, pop them in the freezer and you always have healthy snacks on hand. Some are so healthy they even make a great breakfast.

No bake oatmeal protein energy balls from The Healthy Maven

These tasty no bake balls have an added boost of protein thanks to the vanilla whey protein powder. You can add chocolate chips to make these balls even more delicious, or instead add raisins for healthier oatmeal balls. 1

Chocolate date balls from Cake Whizz

These chocolate date balls are much healthier than just eating squares of chocolate. They are extremely easy, with no baking involved, and look fun covered in sprinkles. 2

Heavenly coconut bliss balls from Danette May

These coconut balls are the perfect on the go snack. They are filled with healthy fats and filling fibre, making them great for an energy boost. 3

3 Ingredient apricot balls from Bargain Mums

It does not get any simpler than these 3 ingredient apricot balls. These are so good, you will find it impossible to stop at one. 4

Apple cinnamon energy balls from Frugal Coupon Living

These apple cinnamon balls use only 4 ingredients, that you might just already have sitting in your cupboard. They are great for those times you feel like something a little sweet, but healthy at the same time. 5

Raspberry zinger energy balls from The Wholesome Dish

These raspberry zinger balls contain nothing but fruit and nuts; perfect for a quick energy boost.

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Blueberry muffin energy bites from The Healthy Maven

Next time you crave a sugar filled muffin, try one of these blueberry muffin bites instead. They are made with healthy, raw and all-natural ingredients that will satisfy those cravings in an instant. 7

Cranberry vanilla energy bites from Recipe Runner

These tasty cranberry vanilla balls are perfect for curbing sugar cravings, and are also gluten-free, vegan and paleo.

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Brownie cookie dough swirl protein balls from Fit Foodie Finds

These healthy treats include brownie and cookie dough flavor's swirled into one protein ball. Perfect for those times you can’t decide between vanilla and chocolate. 9  

Fruit and nut trail mix energy bites from With Salt and Wit

These healthy no bake trail mix balls are filled with dried cranberries, oats and pistachio nuts. They make a great snack or even breakfast on the go when you are short on time.

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Pink chocolate chip cookie dough balls from Super Healthy Kids

These pretty cookie dough balls get their pink colour naturally from beetroot, which also makes these balls super healthy. 11

Sea salt dark chocolate quinoa energy balls from Simply Quinoa

These simple quinoa energy bills are turned into something special by adding a layer of dark chocolate and sprinkling of sea salt.

12

Salted caramel snickerdoodle protein bites from Cotter Crunch

While these balls do contain caramel chips, the rest of the ingredients are completely healthy, making them a great healthy dessert.

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Rainbow balls!

Rainbow balls!

These rainbow balls are a bit of fun and the kids love making them, great for parties and the odd treat!

Ingredients

  • 1 packet arrowroot biscuits
  • 1 tin condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup Cocoa
  • 1 1/2 cups of mini m&m’s

  Method

  1. Place biscuits and coca in a food processor and blitz fine.
  2. Pop mixture into a bowl with condensed milk and m and ms and mix well.
  3. Roll into balls making sure you press the m and ms into the balls.
  4. Pop on a tray and into the fridge for 3 hours until firm.
  5. Eat and enjoy!

Makes 28

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Hidden Veggie Weet – Bix Balls

Hidden Veggie Weet – Bix Balls

These Hidden Veggie Balls are almost like big nuggets, kids love them and you can be creative and hide whatever veggies you like in them. I have also added both chicken and tuna in them in the past yum!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 grated zucchini
  • 1 Cup mashed sweet potato
  • 1 Grated carrot
  • 1/2 Diced onion
  • 1 Cup uncooked cauliflower blitzed to a fine crumb.
  • 1 Clove Garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 Cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 3 Cups of blitzed Weet - Bix
  • 1 cup Plain flour, Gluten free
  • 2 Eggs
  • Good pinch of salt and pepper
  • Butter or olive oil to cook

  Method

  1. Add all veggies to a bowl and mix well along with salt and pepper.
  2. In another bowl add he parmesan and Weet - Bix crumbs and set aside.
  3. In another bowl add the flour and set aside.
  4. Whisk the eggs.
  5. Roll veggies into 2 inch balls, roll in flour then dip in egg and then roll in parmesan mix.
  6. Repeat until all mixture is used up.
  7. Add oil to frying pan and heat on high.
  8. Pop the balls in the frying pan and turn as they cook, you want a really golden crispy outside.
  9. Pop on paper towel on a plate to drain any excess oil.
  10. For extra thick crunchy coat, repeat the coating twice.

Makes approx 10 large or 20 small balls.

 

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Homemade Cream Caramels

Homemade Cream Caramels

Cream caramels are a little naughty, ok a lot naughty but so so good, they make perfect teacher gifts for the end of the year as well!

Ingredients

  • Butter 60 grams
  • Sugar 250 grams
  • Condensed milk 1 tin
  • Vanilla 1 teaspoon

cream caramels post Instructions

  1. Place condensed milk, sugar and butter in a saucepan.
  2. Bring to the boil while continually stirring with a wooden spoon until mixture thickens up into a caramel consistency.
  3. Line a tray with baking paper and pour mixture evenly into tray.
  4. Pop in the fridge to set for a couple of hours.
  5. Slice into little squares and enjoy!

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Lunch Box Honey And Oat Bars

Lunch Box Honey And Oat Bars

These Honey Oat Bars are so good, perfect for morning or afternoon tea yum!

I make these for lunch box treats as well, I replace the sugar with an overripe mashed banana and the honey with rice malt syrup for a healthier option.

Ingredients

  • 170 grams Butter melted
  • 1/2 cup Raw Sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  • 1/2 cup Coconut
  • 1 1/2 cup Self raising flour
  • 1 cup Sultanas
  • 1 cup Rolled oats

Method

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl until well mixed.
  2. Place in a 22 cm tray lined with baking paper.
  3. Press mixture into tray evenly.
  4. Bake on 180 degrees for 15- 20 mins until slightly golden.
  5. Once cooled cut into slices.
  6. Enjoy!

Makes 12

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Chicken And Haloumi Patties

Chicken And Haloumi Patties

Who doesn't love Haloumi and what better way to eat it then in a Pattie. I make these for my husband to take to work, I make a batch and freeze them in bags of three and he grabs a bag out as he needs them. They are really delicious and you can also hide extra veggies in them.

Ingredients

  • 200 grams of Haloumi grated
  • 500 grams of chicken mince
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 cup bread crumbs ( use gluten free crumbs if wanting gluten free)
  • Olive oil to cook with.
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Method

  1. Place all ingredients into a large mixing bowl and combine well.
  2. Roll into approx 1 1/2 inch balls and pop on a tray or plate. If you are not going to be cooking them straight away pop them in the fridge .
  3. Heat oil in frying pan until hot and balls, press down gently on each ball to make a Pattie.
  4. Cook on high for approx 2 minutes and then turn over continue to cook on high for another 2 minutes and then reduce heat so that they cook through without burning. The patties may stick slightly due to the cheese just gently lift them and turn over.
  5. Once cooked place on paper towel on a plate to drain any excess oil.
  6. Serve with your favourite side or eat on their own yum!

Makes 10

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Healthy Rich Chocolate Pudding - Gluten and Dairy Free!

Healthy Rich Chocolate Pudding - Gluten and Dairy Free!

This is a great pudding when you feel like something sweet but you still want it to be healthy.

Ingredients

  • 2 Avocados seeds and skin removed
  • 1 Over ripe banana peeled
  • 1/4 cup Cocoa powder we used Loving Earth
  • 120 grams Dark Chocolate we use Lindt
  • 1/3 Cup Coconut cream
  • 3 tablespoons Rice Malt syrup or honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 Banana Sliced for garnish

  Method

  1. Place the avocados, banana, rice malt syrup, vanilla and vanilla extract into a food processor and blitz until smooth.
  2. Pop the chocolate into a microwave safe bowl and cook on high for 1 minute until chocolate is melted. Set aside to cool.
  3. Add the coconut cream and blitz until smooth.
  4. Add cooled chocolate into the mixture and blitz again until smooth.
  5. Scoop into four serving bowels or glasses.
  6. Garnish with more banana and chocolate, you can also add nuts.
  7. Pop in the fridge to set for a couple of hours or eat straight away.

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3 Ingredient Fluffy Scones

3 Ingredient Fluffy Scones

My grandmother use to make these scones for us when we were little, I was always amazed watching her open a can of lemonade and pour into the scone mixture. She use to whip these up when visitors dropped in and they would be hot on the table within 15-20 minutes including cooking time.

I love making these scones now with my little ones and talking about my lovely Gran, making something delicious and creating memories at the same time, bliss!

 

Cook time: 12 minutes Ingredients:

  • 3 Cups Self raising Flour
  • 1 Cup thickened cream we use
  • 1 Cup Lemonade

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  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Place all ingredients into a large bowl and mix with a metal knife, you can use a spoon I find a metal knife works well and doesn't over mix the scones. < this is optional.
  3. Make sure ingredients are well combined and place dough onto a lightly floured piece of baking paper.
  4. Roll out the mixture and cut with a scone cutter, if you don't have a scone cutter the top of a round glass works well.
  5. Place scones onto a lined baking tray and into the oven for 12 minutes, until they have raised and are slightly golden in colour.
  6. Once cooked cool on a wire wrack.
  7. Serve with Jam and cream yum!
  8. You can also eat warm with butter and your favourite spread.

Serves 12 Tip: For a refined sugar free version use a sugar free lemonade.

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Our Healthier Take On Chocolate Sauce!

Our Healthier Take On Chocolate Sauce!

We all love a good chocolate sauce don't we? Nothing better then using lashings of it over ice cream or poured over a wicked dessert, but lets face it chocolate sauce is not the healthiest of things to eat is it?

This sauce is still only good for a treat although the ingredients are a lot healthier it still contains calories < when we work out how to make a chocolate sauce with no calories we will let you know haha

Ingredients:

1 cup of coconut sugar or rice malt syrup

1 tbsp natural cocoa we use natures way

2 tbsp coconut oil

½ cup coconut cream

1/2 teaspoon Vanilla extract healthy - chocolate - sauce - post Instructions:

Place all ingredients in a saucepan on med to high heat.

Continually stir and bring to the boil.

Turn heat down to a simmer and stir for a further 1-2 minutes.

Pour into a container or jug.

Enjoy!

Sevres: 200 mills

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Healthy Hidden Veggie Smoothie

Healthy Hidden Veggie Smoothie

The thing I love about this Healthy hidden veggie smoothie is that I can actually hide cauliflower in it without the kids knowing. < genius!

The trick is to make sure the cauliflower is blended to a really fine dust, I use a Thermomix or Nutri - Bullet, then I add the coconut milk and blend well, your little ones will never know that this super smoothie has a hidden veggie in it!

 

Ingredients

  • 250 mills coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup cauliflower
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 4 drops liquid stevia
  • shredded coconut to garnish

  Method

  1. Pop the cauliflower into a blender and blitz until a fine sand texture.
  2. Add coconut milk and blend for 1 minute.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend for a further minute, you want to make sure there is no grainy texture.
  4. Pour into glasses and enjoy!

Serves 2

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Gluten Free Berry Green Smoothie

Gluten Free Berry Green  Smoothie

This Gluten Free Berry Green Smoothie is a great go to drink not only for breakfast but also good for when those 3pm sugar cravings come around. Perfect for kids afternoon tea, it is sweet and I tell my little ones it is an Oscar The Grouch shake < works every time.

Healthy, delicious and quick to make yum!

 

Ingredients:

1 cup chopped kale

1 cup baby spinach leaves

1 banana roughly chopped

3 large frozen strawberries chopped

½ cup frozen blueberries

1 cup coconut water

 

Instructions:

Place the Spinach leaves, kale and coconut water in a blender and blitx until smooth.

Add other ingredients and blend for a further minute until smooth and creamy.

Pour into a tall glass and enjoy!

Serves: 1

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Hidden Veggie Mac And Cheese

Hidden Veggie Mac And Cheese

Let's face it kids can sniff out the smallest veggie before it hits the kitchen table < super powers! This Hidden Veggie Mac And Cheese can make the fussiest of eaters consume veggies without even knowing it.

The best part is that it has 5 veggies in it and is kid approved, the whole family loves it when I make it and you can adapt it with whatever veggies you have in the fridge, just remember to blitz them well so no one sees ha!

Ingredients
• 1 Packet of macaroni
• 2 cups mashed pumpkin
• 1 cup mashed sweet potato
• 1  carrot
• 1/2  zucchini
• 1 litre of milk
• 60 grams of butter
• 1 onion
• 250 grams of cheddar cheese
• Pinch of salt and pepper

 

Method
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees
2. Add butter and onion to a large saucepan.
3. Cook on high until onions are transparent and cooked through.
4. Blitz all veggies in a food processor until smooth.
5. Add milk and macaroni and stir until it boils.
6. Add the pumpkin, sweet potato, zuchini and carrot and stir through.
7. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes, until pasta is cooked through.
8. Add 200 grams of the cheese and stir through until it's melted
9. Pop the Mac and Cheese into a oven proof dish and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
10. Place in the oven for 8 minutes until the top forms a golden crust. (skip this step if you don't like a crunchy top)
11. Serve and enjoy!

Serves 4

Tip: Use Spaghetti and you have a vegetarian pasta dish!

 

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Hidden Veggies Tuna Patties

Hidden Veggies Tuna Patties

These Hidden Veggies are my go to mid week meal, they are super tasty and you can pretty much use whatever you have in the fridge.

You can add more Tuna, I find that my kids don't eat them if they have to much tuna in them, if you do add more tuna use less tin tomato's. You can change these up by using left over chicken instead of tuna, and add your favorite herbs and spices yum!

Ingredients

6 Potato's boiled and mashed

8 Weet - Bix crushed fine

150 grams Tuna

1 Egg

1 1/2 cup crushes tin tomato's

1 celery stick finely diced

1 Carrot grated

1 onion finely diced

1/2 zucchini grated

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon Vegetta

Oil for frying

  

Method

Add all ingredients except the Weet - Bix to a mixing bowl and combine well.

Place the Weet - Bix crumbs in a separate large bowl.

Roll mixture into approx 11/2 inch balls and coat in the Weet - Bix crumbs.

Heat oil in frying pan and place balls in, gently flatten with the back of a spatula to form a patty shape,

Cook for approx 2 mins each side and set aside on a plate lined with paper towel to drain any excess oil.

Makes 12


 


 

 

       

 

 

       

 

 

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Rocky Road Chocolate Crackles

Rocky Road Chocolate Crackles

These Rocky Road Chocolate Crackles are so easy to make and perfect for a kids party or a treat.  You can use whatever nuts you like or leave them out all together if it's for a kids party. Give them a go at your next event!

 Ingredients

6 cup rice bubbles

1 cup icing sugar

3 tbs cocoa powder

100 gms Coconut Oil

20 Marshmallows roughly chopped

20 Jube lollies roughly chopped

1/2 cup crushed nuts, I used cashews, almonds and peanuts.

 

Method

Melt Coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl for approx 30 seconds and stir.

Place the Rice bubbles, cocoa, icing sugar in a large bowl and combine well.

Add the Jubes, Marshmallows and nuts and stir well.

Add the Coconut Oil and mix well, it should now look like a wet mixture, don't worry it will set.

Place 12 cup cake cases on a tray and fill each case.

Pop in the fridge to set for 2 hours.

Take out of fridge 10 minutes before serving.

Makes 12 large crackles or 20 small.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Curried Beef and veggie patties

Curried Beef and veggie patties

These are a great Pattie to whip up in advance as they freeze well and make easy mid week meals. You can adjust the curry flavour to your tastes or even experiment with your favourite spices.

Ingredients

500 g beef mince

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp black pepper

1/2 cup tomato sauce

1 cup sweet potato blitzed fine so it cooks through in the pan easily.

1 carrot blitzed fine

1 egg beaten

1 clove garlic minced

1 onion large chopped fine

1 cup bread crumbs

1 tbs curry powder

2 tbs oil for frying

 

 Method

Add the sauce, curry powder, egg, garlic, salt and pepper to a large bowl and mix well.

Add the mince, bread crumbs and veggies and combine well.

Roll into approx 2 inch balls and pop on  a plate.

Heat a large frying pan on high and add oil, once oil is hot start adding the balls pressing down slightly on them to form Pattie shapes.

Brown on one side then turn over and reduce heat to medium and proceed to cook for a few minutes until cooked through.

Once cooked serve with your favourite side or let cool and freeze in portions ready for lunches and dinners.

Makes approx 12

 

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