Mmm beefy

Beef lovers, get ready! I have two new recipes for you that we threw together this past week. Born out of necessity and the odd mix ingredients in the fridge, we concocted a sort of beef stir-fry, as well as a meatloaf type dish, for you all to try out. And when I say “sort or” and “type”, I truly do mean that. Neither one really qualifies for the given name, but I couldn’t come up with anything better to call them. Suggestions anyone?

For the stir fry dish, the idea was really quite simple. Whats in the refrigerator, goes remotely well together, and can be sautéed in a pan? Almost sounds like a trivia question for Jeopardy, doesn’t it? I realised that the likelihood of making it to the store that day was slim to none and that we had all these random odds and ends that needed to be used before they went bad. So I did what any aspiring cook might attempt at some point in their life. Throw a bunch of random stuff in a pan with a good bit of seasoning to mask any bad flavours and hope for the best. Boy, I got lucky. Either that or my guy like anything that has beef or steak in it, regardless. Well, I guess either way I got lucky.

 

Beef Saute

Beef Saute

 

The second recipe was a bit more thought out. That said, don’t give too much credit. It was THAT well thought out!

The recent focus in our household has been on increasing protein, but the same meat dishes can get tiring after a while. So I decided to try something new and buy beans to mix things up. To make it easier for the first attempt, I bought pre-cooked black eyed beans that could be thrown straight into a cold salad or cooked into a dish without the prep hassle that usually accompanies bean dishes. Black eyed beans are also known to be one of the higher-protein bean options, which goes well with our diet.

Black Eyed Beans

Black Eyed Beans

There were a few things leftover from the last recipe that I wanted to use up, along with a large amount of mince beef in the freezer which became my base for the recipe. Even better, there was an offer on at the shop for chilli con carne sauce which I added to the beef. Yum!

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the vegetable additions I used up the leftover courgette and red onion, then added some minced garlic cloves, parsley and chilli powder for flavouring. Does it get much better than that? We added the beans, mixed it all together by hand(yes, literally with our bare hands) and put it in a dish to bake on low heat for nearly 45 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The resulting dish was something like a meatloaf. Melt-in-your-mouth, break-apart meat with some soft vegetables in the mix. Each serving was placed in a bowl with a bit of shredded cheese added on top and put in the microwave for 30 seconds to melt. The final product was delicious goodness.


 

 

 

 

 

 

There are several ways you can change this recipe to suit your tastes. Try it out and let us know how you fare!