I am recently trying to cut down the amount of time that I spend in the kitchen since I am busy with work and other projects. I am sure that many of my readers can relate to that concept of “spending less time in the Kitchen’ but still wanting to make a healthy and delicious meal for their family. I have a range of recipes in my head that can be prepared and cooked in 30 minutes and a typical main course meal for me-at lunch and/or dinner includes this vegetables or salad, boiled rice and meat or fish.
I think that organisation and preparedness plays a key role in the success of the 30 minutes meals. I tend to plan my meals at least one week in advance. I also tend to gravitate to meals according to what I feel like eating as well as what my work and leisure schedule looks like.
This week, I wanted to try out some Indonesian cooking. I love the range of sauces that they have, mainly because they are spicy, fragrant and tend to use the main ingredients of garlic, ginger, hot chillies, lime and lemongrass that I always have in my kitchen. I was interested in sambal, specifically sambal oelek, which is a bright red chilli paste comprised of the ingredients mentioned.
I purchased the sambal during my monthly online shopping and was definitely keen to make some tasty recipes with it. On this particular day, I decided that I was going to make minced beef so I thought about what type of sauce would go well with this dish. My food plan was to serve it with boiled basmati rice and fresh green salad.
500 g minced beef
1/3 cup cubed onion
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon curry powder
1/2 cup sambal oeleck 1 tablespoon fish sauce
6 cloves garlic, crushed finely
2 finger chillies, cut finely
1-2 stalks spring onions, washed and chopped onto 1-2cm pieces
**Chillies can be left out of the recipe if you prefer the meal to be less spicy
On a high heat setting, add 2 tablespoon cooking oil to the wok or deep frying pan
Add the cubed onions and allow to fry for 1-2 minutes until softened and translucent in colour.
Add sambal paste, curry powder, ground coriander and the fish sauce and fry for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently. Keep the cooker setting on high.
Add the minced beef and stir well
Add the minced garlic and continue to cook for 10-15 minutes. Stir regularly to allow even cooking and to prevent the minced beef from sticking to the base of the pan.
Cover and allow to cook for a further 5 minutes on a low-moderate simmer
To present the dish, add some chopped spring onion
Ready to serve
While the meat is cooking, I quickly wash the basmati rice, place into a rice cooker and that rice will be ready in less than 15 minutes.
The fresh salad consists of washed lettuce, ripped into shreds, rocket salad, grated carrots and a side portion of low fat yoghurt.
I had some leftover minced beef the following day so I removed it from the fridge and included it in a spinach and minced beef wrap that I prepared for my lunch box.
I hope that you are tempted to try this recipe.
Drop me a comment and let me if you have any questions or general comments on this dish.
I am also happy to try to cook “suggested dishes” if you let me know what you might be interested in.
Until the next cooking journey.. Have a great day!