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Roasted Vegetable Bolognese

29 Dec

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If, like me, you are totally sick of turkey after eating nothing else for the past week, then this should be the perfect antidote. A twist on everyone’s favourite dish, spaghetti bolognese, this uses roasted vegetables to give a delicious flavour and an awesome texture, and the paprika also gives a depth of flavour that you don’t find in regular bolognese sauce. It should be very healthy, although you might want seconds!

Leftover bolognese should be fine to reheat for around three days if kept in the fridge, or around a month if frozen.

Tip: I’ve kept this recipe very simple, but if you wanted to add extra vegetables then mushrooms or grated carrot, cooked with the mince, would go very well.

Serves: five people.

Cost per person: £0.82 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 400g beef mince
  • 2 peppers
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 can (400g) chopped tomatoes
  • 3 tsps paprika
  • 2 tsps mixed herbs
  • Salt and pepper, to season
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Method

1) Preheat the oven to 180C, and heat a pan drizzled with oil in the oven.

2) Slice the peppers into thick strips and the onion into quarters, and place in the hot oil, making sure they are coated on all sides. Cook for around 15-20 minutes, until they are starting to crispy at the edges.

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3) Chop the garlic and fry with the mince for around 5 minutes, until browned.

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4) Add the chopped tomatoes and season with paprika, mixed herbs, salt and pepper. Simmer for 10-15 minutes.

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5) Once the onion and peppers are cooked, remove from the oven. The onion should have separated into strips, but pull it apart if it hasn’t.

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6) Add the vegetables to the sauce and simmer for 2 minutes.

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7) Serve with pasta or spaghetti and enjoy!

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Burritos

27 Sep

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These are a delicious treat that are surprisingly cheap to make – the rice helps to keep it a budget dish. They’re great with just cheese, or even better filled with lettuce, sour cream and guacamole. I’ve written beef in the recipe but it doesn’t really matter what meat you use for these either – I used beef and pork mince because it’s so much cheaper than just beef.

Leftover mince should be fine to reheat for around three days if kept in the fridge, or around a month if frozen. It’s best not to reheat the rice though.

Tip: this dish can be made as mild or as spicy as you like. If you’re cooking for people with different tastes then try making a mild mince and add tabasco sauce or chilli flakes to individual portions.

Serves: six people.

Cost per person: £0.81 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 6 tortillas
  • 1 onion
  • 500g beef mince
  • 1 can (400g) chopped tomatoes
  • 1 large or 2 small peppers
  • 300g rice
  • 180g grated cheddar cheese, or similar
  • 1-2 tsps chilli powder
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • Salt and pepper, to season
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Method

1) Chop the onion and fry on a high heat with the chilli powder for around 5 minutes, until soft and golden.

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2) Add the mince and cook for another 5 minutes, until brown.

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3) Add the chopped tomatoes and season with the mixed herbs, salt and pepper. Simmer on a high heat for around 10 minutes, until the juices have mostly boiled off.

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4) At the same time put the rice on to boil. When cooked drain, rinse well with boiling water and set aside.

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5) Add the chopped pepper to the mince and cook for around 2 minutes, to ensure it stays crunchy.

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6) Serve the rice, mince and grated cheese in a tortilla, and roll into a burrito shape.

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7) Roll into a burrito shape and tuck in!

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Classic Beef Burger

10 Jul

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It’s been such gorgeous sunny weather lately that I just had to do a recipe for a good old-fashioned beef burger for all the barbeques going on at the moment! It’s a very simple recipe, and you can add your preference of tomato, cheese, ketchup etc to it however you want to.

Serves: four people.

Cost per person: £0.49 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 50g tomato puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1 onion
  • 400g beef mince
  • 20g breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • 1 tsp chilli powder/cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper, to season
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Method

1) Whisk together the tomato puree and egg. Season and add the mixed herbs and chilli powder or cayenne pepper.

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2) Finely chop the onion and mix this into the tomato puree and egg mixture, along with the mince and breadcrumbs.

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3) Shape into patties (I used a burger press but your hands are fine if you don’t have one!) and either barbeque, or fry on a medium heat for around 3 minutes on each side, until cooked through – you can check by cutting into the burger with a knife if you aren’t sure if it’s done.

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4) Put the burgers into a bun along with your favourite fillings and enjoy!

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