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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.


Meatball Patties February 21, 2010

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.


Savoury zucchini muffins February 22, 2009

150g bacon or ham (chopped)
1 small onion (chopped)
1 cup of self-raising flour
1/2 cup oil
4 eggs
1 teaspoon mustard (optional)
1/2 teaspoon paprika (optional)
2 cups grated zucchini
1 cup grated cheese

1). Lightly fry the bacon and onion.
2). In a large bowl, combine the flour, oil, eggs, mustard and paprika. Mix well.
3). Add the cheese, zuccini and (cooled) fried mixture. Stirring well to combine.
4). Pour mixture into muffin tins, and place in a preheated 200C oven until golden brown and cooked through. 15 mins for mini muffins or 20-25 mins for larger muffins.



Savoury Zucchini Mini Muffins

2 cups self-raising flour
1 tsp mustard powder
2 tb chopped chives
1 cup grated cheese
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
1 medium zucchini, grated
1 cup Stock
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tb olive oil

1). Mix flour, mustard, chives, cheese and zucchini together.
2). In a separate bowl, add the stock, eggs and oil, mix well.
3). Pour the wet mixture over the dry mixture, and stir gently to combine
4). pour into greased muffin trays and bake in a preheated 200°C oven for 20 mins, or until they are golden brown.



Chicken Sausage Rolls December 13, 2008

Filed under: Lunch,Meat Dishes,Pies & Bakes - Savoury — obsidian @ 7:04 am
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1 cup (70g) fresh wholemeal breadcrumbs
500g chicken mince
2 eggs
1 zucchini, finely grated
1 carrot, finely grated
1/2 small onion, grated
1/4 cup chopped coriander leaves
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves
4 sheets frozen puff pastry, just thawed
1 tbs sesame seeds


1). Use a food processor to blend the chicken and 1 egg together.
2). Tip into a bowl and add the vegetables, seasonings and herbs.
3). Cut a pastry sheet in half, and spoon a line of mixture down the centre of each pastry half. Fold one edge over the filling, then fold the other side over to make a roll. Press to seal
4). Cut each long roll into smaller pieces, and cut a slice in the top pastry to let steam escape. Brush with remaining beaten egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds
5). Place on a lightly oiled or lined baking tray, and bake in a preheated oven at 200°C for 25-30 minutes until the pastry has lightly browned and cooked through.

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Carrot & Zucchini Sausage Rolls

A way to hide a bit of extra veg in to trick the kiddies into eating it.  I got this idea from my Aunt, and it’s brilliant!  the sausage rolls are so much nicer with the carrot and zucchini in them (moist and extra flavour) and you don’t even notice it’s “veg” in there!

1 large package sausage mince
pastry sheets
1 egg to glaze
1 small zucchini, grated
1 large carrot, grated
1 small onion grated (optional)

1). Mix the meat and vegetables together
2). Cut a pastry sheet into 3rds or halves, and lay a strip of mixture up the sheet close to one edge, then roll over to make a long sausage roll
3). cut into smaller sausage rolls, brush with egg and bake at about 200C for around 15 mins.