I have never been a mince fan … and my family and friends harass me constantly for it. ‘ But it’s just so versatile’, ‘what if I just grind up a steak for you?’. There’s just something about the texture that makes me feel all squeamish.
Anyway, it turns out that I have a husband and children who adore mexican food … hello mince.
Since our diet is already restricted, I figured that I needed to learn to eat mince so that there were some more options open to us, so in the last year or two I have begun to try it again and I am pleased to say that last night I made tacos (with turkey mince) and I actually quite enjoyed them … and the meal was a MASSIVE hit with the rest of the family.
Hope you enjoy them too.
- 400g Turkey mince (or beef if you prefer)
- 2 tbsp garlic infused olive oil
- 1 finely diced brown onion
- 2 400g tins brown lentils, drained and rinsed
- Taco Shells
- 1 large jar Mexican salsa
- 2 tbsp Mexican Seasoning
- Toppings – spinach, avocado, cucumber, tomatoes, corn, cheese etc etc
Heat the oil in a large frying pan and cook the onion til soft. Add the turkey mince and brown. Add the lentils and mix well.
Then add the seasoning and salsa.
Stir well and simmer slowly until the meat is cooked.
Heat Taco shells according to pack directions and while they are heating, prepare all salad ingredients.
Serve with mince mix at the bottom, salad next and sprinkle of the cheese your diet allows. It’s a great ‘make-your-own’ meal for the kids too.
Beef mince works just as well, but I like the texture of turkey mince better and it has the added benefits of being very low in fat and a great source of protein, iron and zinc. I add the lentils for additional fibre and they are a great low GI filler … they also help the meal to spread further! I have tried with kidney beans but my kids tend to pick them out, however they didn’t spot these lentils at all 🙂
This is easily turned into a yummy vegan option but substituting a large can of mixed beans and legumes for the turkey.
PLEASE NOTE: The following isn’t intended as medical advice for other allergy situations, I am just sharing our experience with you.
As for Ellie and the tomatoes – she loved the meal, and shovelled it in as fast as I put it on her tray. On the advice of our allergist we are trying to get her to tolerate tomatoes. We smeared a layer of Dermeeze (a soft white paraffin) on her face and hands as a barrier and then made sure we cleaned her up as soon as she was done. Her face was pink afterwards but no swelling, so we will keep going – Hooray!!!