Bought a bulk pack of meat from a local farmer, working our way through all the different cuts, and finding that the supply of mince is endless.
There are only 2 of us, plus I'm pregnant, so I'm thinking of cooking it all up at once and freezing into meal size portions that can be reheated in the oven or microwave, for those days when it's just too hard to cook.
In the past, my go-to recipe for a bulk cook up involving mince would have been spaghetti bolognaise. I could eat that for days.
Apart from meat balls and burger patties, which I find pretty boring, the tastiest thing I have done was a pasta-less lasagna (using pumpkin and tomatoes for layers) which was quite good.
I need something that I can eat repeatedly without getting bored. Tough I know.
Does anyone have any really tasty ideas that won't get boring by the 3rd time you're eating it?
And that will freeze well?
And yes I am aware of all the usual paleo recipe blogs, I'm after some personal experiences & recommendations here - thanks!
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Meatloaf. You can slice it and individually freeze the slices. Make the seasoning fairly neutral and use different sauces when you eat it so as not to get bored.
I, however, would never get bored eating meatloaf.
Bolognase is still our go-to for ground meat. We just serve it on raw zucchini ribbons instead of pasta. I prefer it that way now :) Others use spaghetti squash.
The other thing we do is cook it with taco seasonings, then make big taco salads with guacamole, salsa, etc.
I love to heat up a pan, throw the ground beef in, add some spices (turmeric, salt, onion powder, curry powder, red pepper, cumin etc.). Let the beef cook for a bit, and then add in some avocado and shredded cheese. Serve into a bowl, with a few tablespoons of salsa, and you have yourself a paleo taco salad. I know the book "It Starts with Food" has a number of recipes for ground beef in their recipe section.
Curry powder and lots of veggies! Sometimes some stock added so it doesn't dry out.
Blend or add crushed tomatoes, garlic and onion for some bolognaise. I usually add it on top of some jullienned zucchinni.
Maybe some mini meatloaves? You can also make it with tomato sauce and mix in steamed veggies. You can also mix cooked mince with some crushed tomatoes and whatnot to make stuffed peppers. Some kind of paleo taco or for salads.
Mince is also very good for breakfast. You can season it like a breakfast sausage - or even not at all and make little patties to fry up.
Cottage pie with mashed cauliflower.
Make different sauces for your meatballs - marinara, gravy style, marsala, coconut curry, fruit sauces, etc. Same for burgers, top them with different things - avocados, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, pesto, etc.
Depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy, making some things to freeze now foro after baby comes might be a nice idea too.
I would freeze part of it for when you DO feel up to cooking, then take the rest and just crumble and cook it in a skillet, then portion it for meals. With the cooked stuff, you could:
-- add some herbs and vegetables, put the mixture into a small pumpkin that's been hollowed out, then bake until the pumpkin is soft.
-- get some large mushrooms, season the beef and add some sauteed, minced onion and finely chopped mushroom stems, stuff the mushroom caps with the mixture, and broil in the oven until heated through. (If you use dairy at all, you could also top these with cheese.)
-- make your favorite spaghetti Bolognese sauce, broil some slices of eggplant, and top them with the sauce.
-- stir-fry some vegetables (broccoli, bok choy, onions, water chestnuts, red bell peppers, etc.), add the cooked beef, and season the whole with garlic, ginger, and Vietnamese fish sauce.
These are all things I'd do, but I'll be the first to admit that I have strange tastes anyway :)
How can anybody get tired of hamburger steaks? Onion relish, mustard, mayonnaise... roast veggies along side...
I made homemade chorizo patties this week and eat them for breakfast. Very easy and tasty - not burger like at all. I used Hilah Johnson's Cavelady Cooking recipe (I got her book free on a daily Amazon deal a few weeks ago).
I also like to make an indian dish called Keema with ground beef, garam marsala, ginger, and peas (or whatever vegetable you prefer). Very simple and easy to adjust the seasonings to your taste, and can be eaten over salad, mashed whatever, or in lettuce wraps.
I buy my mince in bulk and freeze it (uncooked) in meal size portions. I put 200g servings in zip-lock sandwich bags and I flatten it out to the size of the bag so that it defrosts quicker.
I also occasionally freeze 1kg portions in larger zip-lock bags, again flattening it out to the size of he bag but fold it in half to fit in the freezer.
This way it only takes a couple of min to defrost in moderately warm water in the sink and you don't have to use the destroy-o-wave :)