Meals with mince
Probably the most versatile ingredient around, mince can be used to make a variety of nutritious meals. Here we show you how to make 3 different (child-friendly) meals with it.

Cheesy bacon meatloaf


  • 500g lean beef mince
  • 4 rashers rindless bacon, chopped
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp mild mustard
  • 3 tbsp oat bran
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tbsp tomato sauce, extra
  • ½ cup grated cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • salt & pepper to taste (only for grown-ups)


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Place the mince, bacon, tomato sauce, mustard, oat bran and egg in a bowl and mix well.
  3. Press into four lightly greased 1-cup capacity muffin tins. (Add a little salt and pepper to taste
    to the ones that will be eaten by grownups, otherwise leave out).
  4. Spread the extra tomato sauce over the tops.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes, then remove from muffin tins and place meatloaves onto a baking tray.
  6. Sprinkle a mixture of the cheeses over each one and bake for a further 10 minutes.
  7. Serve with salad and more tomato sauce.

Best for: Make tonight


Flavour these little meatloaves by replacing tomato sauce and mustard with 4 tablespoons of chutney.

Versatile mince sauce


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled & grated
  • 2 sticks celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 500g lean beef mince
  • 2 tins chopped tomatoes
  • 1 sachet tomato paste
  • 1 handful fresh basil, parsley and oregano
  • salt & pepper to taste (only for grown-ups)


  1. In a large saucepan, fry the onion in the olive oil until golden brown, then add the carrots, celery and garlic. Fry for a few minutes more. Remove the vegetables from the saucepan and keep until needed.
  2. Fry the mince in the same saucepan until browned. Return the vegetables to the pot, add the tinned tomatoes and tomato paste and let simmer for half an hour.
  3. Add fresh herbs and stir through. Let cool completely and freeze for up to 3 months in suitable containers or Ziploc bags.

Good for: freezing for later

Meaty macaroni


  • 2 cups savoury mince (recipe above)
  • 2 cups macaroni or penne pasta
  • 1 cup béchamel sauce
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup grated cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Cook the macaroni according to packet instructions.
  2. Drain and mix with the savoury mince. Place in an ovenproof dish.
  3. To make the béchamel sauce, melt 2 tablespoons butter in a saucepan. Remove from heat and add 2 tablespoons cake flour, a pinch of salt and white pepper and a ½ teaspoon of mustard powder. Use a balloon whisk to mix in 300ml full-cream milk. Return to heat and stir continuously until the sauce is thick.
  4. Pour over the macaroni and meat in the ovenproof dish.
  5. Sprinkle cheese over and bake for 20 minutes until golden brown.

Perfect for: children


Fork-mash this dish if your baby does not like textured food.

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