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9/18/2017

Our Britmums #HealthyRedMeat Challenge!




We love cooking in this house, from pies to puddings there's such joy from creating delicious meals and tasty treats. When it comes to meat, our two are huge on eating lots of it, they often prefer fruit, veg and grains. However, I'm currently into balanced eating in terms of eating food from all the food groups. So, when it comes to eating red meat, lasagne is my go-to meal of choice because it covers so many food groups!


I love making it all from scratch (apart from the lasagne sheets- one day I'll tackle these!) and seeing everyone enjoy the flavours, textures and mixture of foods. I actually enjoy being alone to cook sometimes, it means I get to relax, make lots of mess (unlike clean-as-you-go Warren!) and sneak in a few bits of veg along the way…

When it comes to lasagne, I really find it a joy to make. I always start off with the beef mince part, which is very similar to making a bolognese. You basically finely chop half an onion, a pepper and a carrot and add it to a pan with a dash of olive oil. Then add in the beef mince and let it brown. Once it's nicely cooked add in an beef oxo cube and a pot of passata. I also add in some pink himalayan salt, pepper and a teaspoon of sugar (sounds crazy but it's oh so good!). 


 
Let this cook for a bit and make the white sauce whilst the meat mixture thickens up. For the white sauce, chop off a chunk of butter and gently melt it in a pan, then add some flour until it makes a smooth paste and gradually add milk and stir on a low heat. Keep adding milk until there's enough white sauce for three layers of lasagne and it's not too runny nor too thick.

 
I also add a sprinkling of grated cheese to the sauce (throw in a bit of dairy!) before turning off the heat. Then it's simply a case of layering up to produce the perfect dinner! Start off with a layer of mince, then lasagne sheets, then a layer of white sauce. I also add a grating of cheddar on top of the white sauce for flavour. Repeat!

Then pop it into the oven and bake according to the instructions on the lasagne sheet packet.This is how mine turned out...


 
Once it's ready, serve it up! I often add veg sides for the kids and adults such as chopped cucumber and carrot or roasted veggies. 


I love how much the kiddies enjoy it, and George always devours it and tells me it's delicious! It's one meal I get right at least haha!


Red meat is so awesome and it contains  lots of fab nutrients including iron, zinc, and B vitamins, selenium and potassium. I love how versatile it is as part of a meal and the fact that lasagne covers meat, dairy, grain and vegetables is a huge bonus to the dish!

What's your favourite way of cooking red meat? 


Disclosure: This post is an entry for the BritMums #HealthyRedMeat, sponsored by the Meat Advisory Panel. I received a Tesco voucher to purchase the food for the post.

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2 comments

  1. Love that final pic and also that it is colourful and looks scrumptious. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part

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  2. I can vouch for Georges enthusiasm as when we were discussing meal options for when they stay over he told me not to bother with Lasagne as'Mommy makes it'' xxxxxx

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