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Meatballs

Meatballs are one of my favourite dishes. Unfortunately we don’t eat them that often, because they take quite some time to prepare and usually we get home quite late and hungry. But the time is definitely worth it! These meatballs go well with almost anything because they are quite neutrally, savoury spiced, but we usually serve them with spaghetti and a simple tomato-vegetable sauce. Another good option is to serve them with peanut sauce and rice.

MeatballsĀ 
300 g half and half mince (half beef, half pork)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
salt, pepper
1/4 tsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp marjoram
1/4 tsp worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp dry bread crumbs

Mix all the ingredients for the meatballs. Roll small balls from the mixture.
Slide the balls carefully in a hot pan. Bake them on high heat, brown them per side and then shake them (don’t stir!!!) to brown the next side (about 3-4 sides). Don’t disturb them too much! Take them out of the pan.
Add the meatballs with all the juices into their sauce to cook further/to warm through. The first time you make this it is nice to slice one of the balls in two after the browning stage to see how far cooked they are, this will depend on the size of the balls, how hot the pan was, etc. Then you will know how much time they will need in the sauce to completely cook through.

Rice with mince, beans and cheese

Really nice comfort food that is fast to cook. Especially nice for those days that everything goes wrong or when you drowned in the rain while biking home. The vegetables and proteins make you feel better by their healthy-ness and the warm comforting flavours of the spices will warm your heart. Cheese is an essential part of this dish, so don’t leave it out!

Rice with mince, beans and cheese (2 generous servings)

300 gram mince (half and half beef/pork)
cooked rice
vegetable oil
1 can kidney beans
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped finely
1 paprika, cubed
1/3 courgette, half moons
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp sambal badjak
splash of soy sauce
1 stock cube (beef)
1/4 tsp bay powder
1/2 tsp paprika powder
black pepper
cheese

Heat a pan on medium heat with some vegetable oil. Add the cumin and sambal, mix. Add the onion and garlic, cook on low heat until soft. Add the mince, bake on high heat. Add soy sauce, stock cube, bay powder, paprika powder and black pepper. Add the paprika, cook on high heat. Add the beans and courgette, bake until everything is cooked. Take care not to drown the dish, cook it on high heat to cook of all the liquid that comes from the mince and the vegetables.
Add the rice, fry shortly, put some thin slices of cheese on top and stir them through. In this way you will get nice pockets of melted cheese in the dish.

Mince and vegetable wraps

Wraps are one of our regular weekday staple foods. I usually make a filling of mince and vegetables. They are easy, healthy, fast and filling and of course very tasty. You can easily make a big batch of filling and freeze it in portions to use on the very busy days for a fast and healthy diner. It is easy to “hide” an enormous amount of vegetables in the filling. And it is easy to make variations by adding different side dishes or toppings. Possibilities are for example sour cream/creme fraiche, cheese, sambal, salsa, guacamole and lettuce.
Usually we use half and half pork/beef mince. Only beef would make a leaner dish, but the stuff they sell here for beef mince tastes like dry rubber, so we use the half and half for more flavour and succulence. It is also possible to make this dish with pieces of chicken breast or thigh. Chicken/turkey mince would also be a possibility, but I never tried.
Recently I discovered the possibility of filling a wrap with raw, cold vegetables. It works perfectly! Just spread the wrap with some hoummous, a little sambal badjak for spice and heat and fill it with julienne cut vegetables dressed with a little lemon or lime juice. Carrot, cucumber, paprika and courgette work very well, but of course you can add any vegetable you like. Or make variations with other spreads and vegetables. These are also great to take with you for a healthy lunch meal.

Wraps filled with mince (6 medium sized wraps)

6 medium sized tortilla wraps
vegetable oil
300 gram minced meat
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped finely
1 paprika, cubed
1/3 courgette, half moons
small tin of tomato puree
1 stock cube (beef)
1 tsp sambal badjak
splash of soy sauce
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp bay powder
1/2 tsp paprika powder
1/2 tsp ketoembar
splash of lemon/lime juice
1/4 tsp dried coriander leave
black pepper
cheese

Heat a pan on medium heat with some vegetable oil. Add the cumin and sambal, mix. Add the onion and garlic, cook on low heat until soft. Add the mince, bake on high heat. Add soy sauce, stock cube, bay powder, paprika powder, ketoembar and black pepper. Add the tomato puree, fry. Add the paprika, cook on high heat. Add the courgette, bake until everything is cooked. Take care not to drown the dish, cook it on high heat to cook of all the liquid that comes from the mince and the vegetables.
Heat wraps in microwave, scoop filling on wrap, sprinkle with some grated cheese, fold and enjoy! For those who like it spicy, spread some extra sambal on the wrap.

Burgers

I could make my own buns, my own burgers, my own pickles and my own sauces, but I won’t. The thing I like about burgers is that it is fast food, it literally takes only 15 minutes to cook a filling and satisfying meal, with products that are always available in the supermarket, even if you do your groceries very late. And you can adapt them to your taste any way you like. I also like that it is quite messy food that you can eat with your hands, which is very satisfying as well.

Burger (For one burger bun)
1 bun (I use par-baked dark multi-grain buns and bake them off in the oven)
1 hamburger (bake them in a hot, dry pan, season with salt and pepper and finish cooking in the oven that you already use for the buns)
a few slices tomato
a few slices cucumber
1 gherkin, thinly sliced
dollop of mayonnaise
dollop of ketchup
optional: some slices of cheese, some baked bits of bacon, a baked egg

Pile everything on the bun and enjoy!