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Sneaky Vege Lasagne March 2, 2011

500g mince
1 tin lentils, drained, rinsed
1 small onion, finely chopped
Finely sliced mushroom
1 zucchini, grated
2 carrots, grated
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tins crushed tomatoes
Parmesan cheese
Pasta Sheets (Home made or bought)
grated tasty cheese
herbs (Fresh if possible – eg basil, oregano, chives, parsley)
1/2 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 heaped tablespoon cornflour
1 heaped tablespoon gravy powder
Lasagne sheets

1). Brown the mince and onion, then add the garlic and mushroom. When the garlic has cooked, pour in the tomato, herbs, spices, carrot, lentils and zucchini and allow to simmer for about 15 mins. Mix together the cornflour and gravy powder with about half a cup of water, and pour this into the mince mixture, and stir until it thickens.
2). In another saucepan, add the milk – or use a few tablespoons of milk powder with water (I don’t know how much, maybe 4-5 cups?) to about 1/2c flour and stir well to make a white sauce. Bring to the boil to thicken. If it’s not thick enough, add more flour (mixed with a little water, then pour that in), or if it’s too thick, add more milk or water. Add a sprinkle of nutmeg, Salt and pepper, and Parmesan cheese to taste (About 3 tablespoons of powdered/dried stuff). When thickened, leave to cool slightly.
3). Get your lasagne dish (Any flat casserole dish or baking pan will do), and make a layer of meat sauce, then a layer of white sauce, then place your pasta sheets on top to form another layer. Repeat until you run out of ingredients, or your pan is full.
4). Make sure the final layer is a white sauce one. Cover with aluminium foil.
5). Place this into a hot oven to bake for about 45 mins. Remove the foil and scatter grated cheese on top, then return to the oven for about 5 mins to let the cheese melt (I normally turn the oven off and let the residual heat do it)

I like to put a baking tray under my Lasagne dish, to catch anything that overflows … the tray catches this and is easier to clean than the oven.


Curry Puffs February 21, 2010

500g mince
1 tin lentils
1 small onion
carrot, pumpkin, sweet potato, broccoli
Curry powder, Cumin, Cardamon
Salt & pepper

Brown the mince and finely chopped onion. Drain off remaining fat/oil. Drain and rinse the lentils, then squeeze out as much moisture as possible. Chop enough vegies to make about 2 cups worth, and steam these until cooked. Mix all the ingredients together. Season with spices to taste – I never measure things, but I try 1tb curry powder, 1/2 tsp cardamon and about 1tsp cumin, and add more if you need it. Cut pastry sheets into 9 squares, put a spoonful of mixture into the centre and fold into a triangle. Pinch the seams closed. Bake at 200ºC for about 15 mins.


Meatball Patties

I find a flatter meatball is easier to eat… so I make these as a sort of golfball size meatball and then flatten it a bit.

500g mince
1 carrot, grated
1 small zucchini, grated
1 small onion, diced (optional)
1 tin lentils
1 large egg
Spices to taste
1/2 cup breadcrumbs

Drain and rinse the lentils, and press them into the colander to squeeze out extra moisture. In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together. Form into balls/patties and place on a lightly sprayed oven tray. Bake at 180ºC for 15 mins, then flip them and bake for a further 15 mins.


Cannelloni September 6, 2009

Filed under: Meat Dishes,Pies & Bakes - Savoury — obsidian @ 5:18 am
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1 small onion, very finely chopped
1 tin crushed tomatoes
1 tb mixed herbs
1 clove garlic
1 jar pasta sauce
1 carrot, grated
1 small zuccini, grated
500g mince
cannelloni tubes
Grated cheese (optional)

Fry onion and mince until cooked. Add garlic and fry until it starts to brown.  Remove from heat and add the grated veg, herbs and enough of the pasta sauce to make the mixture moist

Fill the cannelloni shells with the mince mixture. Pour a layer of the tinned tomato into an oven proof dish, lay the cannelloni ontop of this, and top with remaining pasta sauce (adding some of the tinned tomato if needed.  Cover with aluminium foil and. Bake for about 25-30 mins, until the canelloni shells have softened.  Top with grated cheese, and return to oven without the foil, for an additional 5 mins until the cheese melts.


Carrot Muffins May 24, 2009

Filed under: Cakes,For Kids — obsidian @ 9:40 am
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These are yummy, and the crumble topping makes them look a bit fancier than your average muffin!


ok, yes, I know these aren’t really muffins in the pic, but I cleaned out the cupboards and rediscovered my mini loaf pans, and just had to make some.. there are proper muffins in the pic below.


1½ c SR flour
1 c wholemeal SR flour
2 tsp mixed spice
¾ c raw sugar
¾ c sultanas (or ½ c sultanas and ¼c walnuts)
1½ c grated carrot
1 tb golden syrup
2 tb vegetable oil
1¼ c milk
1 egg, lightly beaten


2 tb plain flour
¼ tsp mixed spice
1 tb butter
1 tb raw sugar
1 tb rolled oats
1 tb desiccated coconut


1). Mix the flours and spice in a large bowl. Add the sultanas, carrot and sugar, mixing well.
2). Mix the milk, golden syrup, oil and egg together, then mix this through the carrot mixture
3). fold this together gently, not mixing it too much (overmixing can make muffins tough)
4). Spoon the mixture into muffin tins.
5). If adding the topping, mix all the ingredients together, rubbing in the butter until you have a crumbly mixture. Sprinkle this over the tops of the muffins.
6). Bake in a 180°C preheated oven for 20 mins, until muffins are browning and a skewer comes out clean.


Muffin recipe from here:
topping recipe from here –



This mixture was enough to make 12 cupcake sized muffins plus some mini loaves.



Other carrot muffin recipes that look nice:


Carrot Cake January 4, 2009

Filed under: Cakes — obsidian @ 5:59 am
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1 c Self Raising Flour
1 tsp Bicarb Soda
1 c Brown Sugar
1/2 c sultanas
1/2 c Walnuts
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves (ground)
1 1/2 c grated carrot
1/2 c chopped glazed ginger
2/3 c vegetable oil

Sift the flour, baking soda and spices into a bowl. Stir in the sugar, carrot, sultanas, ginger and nuts. Stir in the combined oil and eggs. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 5 minutes. Pour out into prepared cake pan and bake in a moderate-slow oven for 1 hour. Stand for 5 mins before turning out.


Vegetable and chickpea curry December 13, 2008

1 lge brown onion
2 garlic cloves
2 tbl sp curry powder
3 tsp cumin
800g can diced tomatoes
1/2 lemon juiced
300g chickpeas drained
1lge sweet potato
1lge carrot
4 squash
250g broccoli
250g cauliflower

Jasmine rice and natural yoghurt to serve

1. You can fry the onion and garlic in a frying pan first, or just put it in the crockpot with all but the last 2 ingredients.
2. cook on high for 4 hours, or slow for 6 hours.
3. Serve with rice and yoghurt.