I also have to carry any groceries up 2 flights of stairs, so am restricted to what can fit in my shopping trolley to save my back.
This has meant a change in my grocery shopping. Instead of doing a large shop once a week and stocking up on meat to go in the freezer I have to do a smaller shop every couple days.
This is a plan that works well under normal circumstances, but last week I became ill. Not the slight cold and sniffle kind of ill, but the shivering under 4 blankets with a temperature above 102f kind of ill. After sending my son down to the nearby kebab shop to get him and his brother chicken and chips two nights running I knew I needed to cook something healthy for all of us to eat.
But, after 3 days of not being up to shopping my options were very sparse. Looking in the fridge I had a pack of beef mince, 1 slice bacon, half a yellow bell pepper, and a pack of mixed carrots and peas.
A quick peak in the cupboard revealed no tins of chopped tomatoes, but I did have some tins of tomato soup.
This is the meal I came up with.
Curried beef hash
|Cooking down curry beef hash|
- Olive oil
- 1 slice bacon, chopped
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1/2 bell pepper, chopped
- 1 250gm pack beef mince
- 1 200gm pack mixed vegetables, fresh or frozen
- 1 T tomato purée concentrate (tomato paste)
- 1 T curry powder
- 2 tins tomato soup
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tin water
- 3 cups cooked pasta
- Heat the olive oil in a pot and add the bacon. Once browned add the chopped onion and pepper
Chopped Yellow Bell Pepper
- Add in the mince and cook until browned.
- Add the tomato purée and curry powder, stir constantly while cooking for a further minute.
- Add the mixed vegetables, tomato soup, and water.
- Bring up to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until thickened and vegetables are cooked. About 20 minutes.
- Combine with the 3 cups cooked pasta. Season to taste.
After initially turning their noses up, my boys practically inhaled this dish. Both had 2 large servings that night, compared to my small serving, and the leftovers disappeared the next afternoon. While this was kind of a desperation dish created out of necessity, all 3 of us are agreed that we should have this again.