How can I make cooking at home easier? We get it. You’re busy. You’re on a budget. But each night you’ve got to come up with a tasty dinner to feed the family. Don’t worry. You can make cooking easier while putting up delicious weeknight meals with these one-pan mince recipes.
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Mince is the meat of champions for so many reasons. It’s budget friendly. It’s quick to cook. It comes in a variety of guises – chicken, beef, pork, lamb and turkey.
• Chicken mince: is the mildest flavoured of all the minces, so takes on the flavour of the herbs, spices and sauces that it’s cooked with. It’s best used in Thai dishes such as larb or spring rolls, Mexican dishes and also makes great meatballs. It’s also the leanest.
• Beef mince: Depending on how you’re cooking it, you can choose how lean you’d like your mince. If you’re cooking the mince in a sauce, you may want one that has more fat so that it doesn’t dry out. The fat in mince also helps to carry the flavour of the spices.
• Lamb mince: As it is the strongest in flavour of all the minces, it can take equally strong spices and flavourings. You’ll find that lamb mince works best with Indian curries and Middle Eastern dishes where spices such as cumin, turmeric and cardamom will help to neutralise the lamb flavour creating a robust and tasty dish.
• Pork mince: makes is equally happy in Italian meatballs as well as Chinese meals like Szechuan-style stir-fried with green beans. You can buy pork mince combined with beef or veal mince. This combo is ideal for making bolognese or meatballs.
Nothing makes cooking feel easier than a good one-pan recipe. Especially if you’re the one doing the washing up. One-pan can mean a variety of vessels. Depending on the type of meal you’re making you could use a frying pan or skillet, large saucepans or pots, and baking trays or baking dishes. The beauty of a one-pan recipe is that it captures all the flavours of the ingredients in the one place.
Here are a few tips on turning a dish into a one-pot meal.
- Flame-proof and oven-proof dishes are your best friend: you can pick up a good set of cast iron frying pans, casserole dishes and saucepans a lot cheaper these days from places like Aldi, Kmart and other large stores. Great for starting a meal off ie frying the mince, cooking the onion and other base veg before bunging the lot in the oven to do it’s thing.
- Opt for microwave rice rather than regular rice as it will be ready to use in just 90 seconds. And because it is pre-steamed, it can be added uncooked to a dish with liquid or sauce and will cook faster and not dry out.
- Use fresh pasta rather than dried as it is quicker to cook and at a pinch, if there is enough liquid, will cook in the dish rather than pre-boiling.
- Use pre-cut frozen beans or other veg to save valuable prep time and cooking time. These can be added to the one-pan meal towards the end of cooking rather than having to pre-cook them.
One-pan mince recipes
Let’s celebrate easy weeknight cooking with this collection of recipes that combine easy and affordable mince with all the convenient genius of one-pan meals. Which one will you try tonight?
Easy Bolognese Pasta Bake (use leftover Bolognese and pasta to make this a one-pan dish or better still, thin the sauce with water and cook the pasta in the Bolognese sauce.) GET THE RECIPE.