There's a lot to be said for one pot meals. I literally hate washing up. I know hate is a strong word, but I don't use it often. This savoury mince with brown rice is a one pot wonder! That means...One pot to wash up.
I think savoury mince is something a lot of us grew up with. It's a cheap and easy meal to make and you can use whatever you have on hand in the way of veggies to fill it out and make sure that there is lots of goodness in it. Generally speaking, it's served with rice.
But if like me you hate washing up, then why not slip the rice into the main dish so you only end up with one pot to wash up? Using brown rice means you are getting more good stuff into the kids, and that is always a winner.
This is also a good recipe for babies who are just learning to eat solids as it has a soft consistency.
How to choose your beef mince
I always go for the 5 star mince. It costs more, but it means that you are getting more meat and less fat. It generally tastes better too. And for dishes like this savoury mince with brown rice where you are cooking it quickly and with a fair amount of liquid, you won't find that it ends up dry.
If you are choosing mince for something that is going to be cooking low and slow, then you are better off choosing something with a higher fat content as the mince can dry out during cooking.
I look for bright red mince that has no additives in it. Often my local butcher will grind some mince for me on the spot- and then it is super fresh.
When you are making a recipe like this savoury mince with brown rice, you can be quite flexible with the veggies used. Feel free to switch them if you prefer something else, or omit one if you don't like it. Just make sure to keep the ratios the same so that it ends up a nice consistency.
Savoury mince with brown rice- one pot wonder!
- olive oil
- 500 grams beef mince
- 1 onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 carrots peeled and cubed
- 2 cups brown rice
- 4 cups beef stock
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1 cup frozen corn
- 1 zucchini cubed
- ½ cup chopped parsley
- heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
- Add the onion and garlic and saute until soft.
- Add the beef mince and cook until browned.
- Add the carrot, rice and 2 cups beef stock.
- Stir well and put a lid on for 20 minutes.
- Remove the lid and add the additional stock.
- Cook for a further 20 minutes with the lid on.
- Add the zucchini, peas and corn and cook for a further 10 minutes with the lid on.
- Stir through the chopped parsley and serve hot.