I served this up for the family tonight and there was not a crumb left. The baby even took to scooping piles of the mince out of the dish onto her plate and ate every last bit!! The thing I love about these types of meals is that the kids get to help themselves, and they are usually pretty good at knowing how much they want to eat. I find this so much more accurate than deciding for them and then ending up practically force feeding them my chosen amount. Even better than the clean plates though is that this recipe could not be easier and quicker. If you have all your ingredients in the cupboard (of which there aren’t many) you can have this ready in about 15 minutes from start to finish.
Here’s my son enjoying his!!
Spiced Beef and Bashed Beans
From 'River Cottage Light and Easy' by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
Heat the oil, then crumble the mince into a hot frying pan, fry until brown
Add garlic, cumin, coriander seeds, chilli flakes and salt and pepper, cook for approx. 10 mins
Pour off any excess fat, add paprika and cook for a further 2 mins until crispy
Meanwhile put the oil in a small pan, add the garlic for 1-2 mins until starting to colour
Add beans, salt and pepper and continue to cook for another couple of mins before adding the stock or water and simmer for a couple of mins more
Remove from heat and bash to create a course texture
Serve with the lettuce leaves, a spritz of lime or lemon juice, a scattering of coriander or parsley and lemon or lime wedges