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Feeding The Family For Less (Making The Most Out Of Mince)

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Ruth Brown
Ruth Brown

Aah, mince – it has long been one of the more economical choices in the meat section - an old favourite with families who are on a monetary diet.    Luckily, it’s also probably one, if not THE, most versatile sources of protein from your supermarket’s butchery.

Not only can it save you money – it can save you time in the kitchen right through the week as well!  Firstly, always remember to buy it on YOUR terms, ie. look out of specials and buy when it is on sale – that’s what freezers are for!Baked Potato

Simply by mixing up a large pot of Bolognese sauce you can make all of the following:

  • Spaghetti Bolognese (of course)
  • Delicious toasted sandwiches / jaffles
  • Stuffed Capsicums – cut a red capsicum in half, place it in the oven at 200°C, for 15 minutes, pull them out of the oven and “stuff” with Bolognese sauce and top with grated cheese – back into the oven until the cheese is melted and they’re warmed through.
  • Baked Potatoes – Bake your spuds in the oven, scoop out a portion the centre and mix with Bolognese sauce, spoon the mixture pack into the spud – add some cheese on top and grill, then serve with sour cream!
  • Italian Burritos – spoon a line of mixture into Mexican tortillas, roll and place baking dish, sprinkle with tomato puree/paste and cheese.
  • Sausage Scrolls – Pull out a sheet of puff pasty, spread a thin layer of the mince leaving a 3-4 centimetre strip clear at the edge.  Brush the strip with milk, starting at the opposite side roll up the puff pastry into a “log”.  Slice up the log, brush with milk and bake in the oven till pastry is “puffed” and golden brown.

All that from one humble pot of Bolognese mince!   And of course, there are more.   But here is a good week’s worth for you to begin with.  Bon appetito!


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