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Baked Bean Con Carne
No bits, no pips, and not spicy, this is an ideal way to introduce a new meal to your kids
Pack of lean mince
Can baked beans
Passata (jar or carton)
Marmite or Bovril
Butter or cooking oil
This is a great meal to get kids interested in different foods. It is not spicy hot and because it uses passata it has no bits or pips. Itís great served with rice or on a jacket potato, and whatís left over will freeze brilliantly. Because of this, I usually make double the quantities here and then freeze half of it so that for the next meal I only have to defrost and heat up to be ready. . . .
This recipe should serve one adult and three hungry kids with a little bit left over for a couple of jacket potato meals another time.
How to make it
Peel and chop a medium onion into small pieces, and crush a garlic clove. Fry the onion and garlic in a little butter over a medium heat, until golden brown (~2 mins). Put the fried onion and garlic in an oven proof pot and add a family size can of baked beans and a 500g pack of passata (sieved tomatoes). Heat the pot on the hob and add a teaspoon of Marmite or Bovril and a squirt of tomato puree and stir. . . .
Fry a 500g pack of lean mince (lean is better for you) in a very small amount of olive oil, until brown. Add to the oven proof pot and stir. If you want to freeze some for another meal just add an extra 500g pack of mince. Cover the pot and either put on the oven (Mk 4, 350F, 180C) or slowly simmer on the hob on the lowest heat for about 1 hour or longer if you want. . . .
Fifteen minutes before you want to eat, using a standard sized mug measure out one and a half mugs of rice and put into a saucepan. Add twice the amount of water as rice by volume (i.e. 3 mugs) and bring to the boil. When the rice is boiling, stir once or twice, then turn off the heat and put on the saucepan lid. Wait for 15 minutes (do not remove the lid to check on the progress) after 15 minutes all the water will have been absorbed by the rice and it will be ready to eat. Serve rice onto plates and spoon or ladle the baked bean con carne on top. If you like, grate cheese over it or garnish with a dollop of crŤme fraÓche and a drizzle of maple syrup.
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Cooking for your kids
Donít always get a take out or just heat up a ready meal. You can cook simple tasty food really easily, itís cheaper and much better for you and your kids will love it. If you cook your own meals you can customize them to your kidsí tastes and make food that they love and makes them feel special.
Kids love routine, so there is nothing wrong with having the same favourite meal every time they come to stay or visit, in fact it's likely to become a really nice routine that they look forward to. I do Baked Bean Con Carne on a Friday night, and my children often ask if itís Bean Con Carne day.
They almost feel cheated if I change the menu. If you cook your own food you can afford to get the best ingredients, and if you cook more than you need then you can freeze it for next time, or in single portions for your own meals on other days when you donít feel like cooking a meal.
Cooking for your kids is a good way to show them how capable you are and is a great way to introduce them to proper food which makes those special restaurant outings much easier all round.
So get out the apron, select your kids' favourite recipe, buy a few nice ingredients and cook something nice for your kids next time they come to stay.