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.
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)
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.