Remember I am a Debt Busting Mum with two kids in tow – kids that love spaghetti bolognese, pasta bakes, shepherds pies, lasagne, chilli etc.
So I want to eat with them – but want to substitute the meat with something more friendly to my diet plan (without using the expensive quorn products too)
So what I want to create is a bean /lentil / grain mix that I can use as mince in my cooking.
I’m thinking that if I freeze the mix in my silicon muffin tin I will have individual portions that I can add tomatoes, herbs, kidney beans, chilli or potato topping to instead of the usual braised mince mixture.
So I have soaked and cooked
1/2 cup mung beans till soft
1/2 cup green lentils till soft
1/2 cup bulghar wheat
then cooked them all together with
1/2 cup red lentils and enough water to soften them and make a “mince textured” mass.
Doesn’t look too appealing – but it is completely free on my Slimming plan and I figure that jazzed up with other flavourings its a low fat and cheap way to replace mince in our favourite recipes.
Would also be pretty good whizzed up and stirred into a vegetable soup to up the nutrition and fibre content.
I will have a play and report back.