Welcome to my cooking blog. My name is Michelle Jenkins. Let me start by admitting that these are NOT gourmet meals, they are NOT fine dining, but they are mine. I have cooked all of these recipes and taken my own photos. They are fairly simple recipes, most of them are quick to prepare and cook and all of them are delicious. I only post my successes! If something doesn't work out, I don't post it. I hope you enjoy this blog.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Savoury Mince with Smashed Potato and Broccolini

This savoury mince dish is healthy, light, gluten-free, easy and tasty. It was also a winner with the kids.


  • 1/2 tablespoon good quality olive oil
  • 500g lean mince beef
  • 1 red capsicum, chopped into chunks
  • 1 fresh garlic clove, roughly chopped
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped into large chunks
  • A large handful of green string beans cut into thirds
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped into chunks
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and add onion and garlic, stir occasionally while cooking until the onion goes clear
  2. Add the mince and brown properly
  3. Once the mince is browned, add the rest of the ingredients, stir well and put the lid on. Turn down to a low simmer and leave it for about 10mins.
  4. Once the carrots are soft enough, it's ready to serve
  5. Serve with smashed potato and broccolini
Note: For the smashed potato - I placed a medium sized potato (with skin on) into a microwave safe dish. I poked both sides of the potato with a sharp knife and cooked it for 2mins each side. I placed it on the plate and pressed on it with my hand until it split...easy!   D-E-L-icious  XD

About gluten:

Gluten is a rubbery protein found in grains including wheat, rye, oats and barley. Patients with Coeliac disease are sensitive to gluten which damages the lining of the small bowel. Coeliac Disease can be managed by sticking to a strict gluten-free diet and a person with Coeliac Disease can still enjoy a varied diet if they fully understand the gluten-free diet. Foods to avoid include bread, batter, baked goods, pasta, meat products containing gluten, and beer. It is important to consult with a dietitian with experience in coeliac disease.Should you wish to know more about gluten-free diets and what it means to have Coeliac Disease, this website is quite useful. Also read more from the Coeliac Society of Australia.

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