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Because you also need a good Spicy Beef & some sneaky extra protein recipe – aka ‘Mom, eat more protein.’

Yes, I’m being given nutritional advice by my grown up children. To be fair they are muscle bound and fit so I will gladly take it.

This beef recipe will have the protein of the lean minced beef to begin with but I do always like to stretch and ‘healthify’ fried beef by adding tinned legumes – in this case black beans and lentils. The sneaky extra protein in this recipe is to be found when serving it. I like to serve this on a toasted wholemeal flatbread spread thickly with hummus (BONUS protein points) and a good dollop of Greek yogurt (again, kerching!!)

NB – take it easy on the chilli flakes and jalepenos, let you be the judge of how much your audience can tolerate!

Spicy Beef Recipe

You will need:
A little oil
Lean beef mince (5% fat)
2 onions
3 to 4 fat cloves garlic
Tin black beans
Tin lentils
Spices – cumin, coriander, chilli flakes
Tin tomatoes
Tomato puree (i use from tube)
To Serve:
Wholemeat flatbreads
Hummus (i used red pepper flavour)
Greek yogurt
Fresh Coriander (optional)
Heat the oil and fry the minced beef in a large frying pan until beginning to brown – approx 8/10 minutes.
Add chopped onions and garlic to centre of pan and cook for a couple of minutes.
Add the drained black beans and lentils, mix well and heat through.
Add the spices next and mix well, allow to cook for a minute or two and then add in tin of tomatoes and a good dollop of tomato puree plus a handful of chopped jalepenos.
Add some water – depending on how saucy you like it – mix well and cook until bubbling, then reduce the heat to keep warm while you toast the flatbreads (pittas or any wraps good too).
Serve on a heated flatbread topped with thickly spread hummus then the mince topped with Greek yogurt and coriander.
Wholegrain rice would make a good alternative to the flatbread.

Please Enjoy!

x Sheila


Irish Author - Dubut romantic fiction novel 'Good Enough' published in 2021. 'Gimme Dinner' a collection of 50 great dinner recipes published in 2022. 'Enjoy' published by Mercier Press in 2016 .'Gimme the Recipe' published in 2012. Work in admin of our Food Safety Consultancy business - Industrial Management Systems with my husband Denis.