1/15/08

Zucchini and Beef-Mince

Although I absolutely love cooking, sometimes it's nice to just get it over and done with quickly. Especially when you're in a hurry. This meal is definately quick and easy, including only having to wash 1 pan.

I'm not one for measuring things. I happened to have 4 tomatoes with some bad spots, which is fine - just cut it out. If you have 2 large ones it would work too. If you happen to have a can of peeled tomatoes lying about, use that- Though I really do prefer to use 'fresh' stuff.

Ingredients;
- about 250 grams of minced beef
- 2 zucchini
- sort of 4 tomatoes
- 1 onion
- 3 cloves of garlic (depending on taste)
- dried oregano

Speedy cooking; chop up the onions and garlic first, and chuck them in a frying pan. Quickly roll your mince and just add them to the pan as you're going along. Give the meat a little bit of time to sear. Next up are the tomatoes, which need to be cut quite small for this recipe. Then chop your zucchini into little blocks and toss them in. Add a lot of oregano, leave for 2 or 3 minutes, and you're done!

If you're in a hurry, it doesn't really hurt to just leave out the onion. Don't substitute with garlic powder though, that's a real shame!

Fast food isn't usually good for your wallet.. How about paleo-fast food?
- mince, 1.25 cents
- 2 zucchini, ~80 cents
- 4 tomatoes, ~30 cents
- onion, ~10 cents
- garlic, ~5 cents

So that's 2 very generous portions for 2 euro and 50 cents.

With thanks to my mate Sebastiaan, as this was inspired by him serving me some kรถfte.

57 comments:

virgomatic said...

looks very tasty. I will try this tonight with my greek meatball recipe (adds some egg and herbs to the meat).

Naomi said...

Oeh, what herbs do you use for that?

Thanks for the comment!

virgomatic said...

Mmm-mmm, this turned out very good. I made this the other night and it came out very well. I use American measurements so you may need to convert.

For the meatballs (koeftedes):
1.3 lb minced beef (grass fed if you can get it)
2 TB olive oil
2 eggs
1/2 cup minced onion
2 cloves garlic minced
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 TB dried mint leaves
1/4 tsp grated nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Knead all these ingredients in a large bowl until they are nicely blended. Create several 1 inch diameter balls and flatten a bit for easy handling. Then you can broil them in the oven or saute them in a bit of olive oil.

I chose to saute my onion, garlic, and zucchini as you described in your recipe, then as they became tender I pushed them out of the way and added the meatballs in small batches. I browned the meatballs on both sides and left long enough in the pan to be cooked through.

Once the meat was all cooked and set aside on a plate, I poured off the fat from the veggies, added a 14 oz can of diced tomatoes and juice and 2 TB thick tomato paste, and cooked just under boiling point for about 10 minutes to make a nice thick sauce.

I served this and the meat on a bed of shredded spaghetti squash. It was very yummy!

Naomi said...

I will definately try your meatballs sometime, reading it makes me water my mouth :)

Real glad you liked your try out!

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I love this recipe naomi! :) Tastes nice with couscous ;)

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I bet it does Roel, you must be soo enjoying your non-paleo existance :D Thanks :)

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