Pumpkin & Spinach Coconut Beef Curry

Here is the first of the Recipes I promised from this week’s menu.

PUMPKIN & SPINACH COCONUT BEEF CURRY.

* recipe from One Family One Supermarket- by Bronwyn Cameron. 

 Serves 5-6, I served this with Rice but if you where Grain free you could serve over steamed Veggies.

Ability level –Easy, great teaching recipe for kids.

Ingredients

1 Kg of Beef Chuck

¼  cup of plain flour (we used Coconut flour)

1 teaspoon of Olive Oil (I used Coconut oil)

1 Onion sliced

1 teaspoon of minced Garlic

2 Tablespoons of ASIA specialties Yellow Curry paste (mild Curry)

2 teaspoons of Paprika

1 beef cube (you could use home made beef stock) or omit

2 table spoons of tomatoes paste

1 can of Coconut cream

400grms of Butternut Pumpkin peeled and diced

to taste rock salt

to taste ground pepper

½ pkt (60grms) of fresh baby leaf Spinach chopped.

Method

  • Trim and discard any excess fat from the beef and dice into 2cm cubes
  • Coat the beef cubes in flour, shaking away the excess
  • Heat the oil, add beef, sliced onion, garlic and 1-2 tablespoons of Curry past, (I added one then added more later) cook until meat is browned
  • Add the paprika, crumbled stock cube, tomatoes paste and coconut cream.
  • Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer covered for 1/14 hours, stirring often. (I put ours in our cast iron pan with a lid and placed in in the oven for ¾ hours and it was PERFECT and tender to eat.
  • Add the diced pumpkin to the pan and simmer uncovered for a further 15 mins or until pumpkin is tender.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Add the spinach and cook until just wilted.
  • Remove from pan and serve over rice, steamed veggies or Cauliflower rice.

Our family enjoyed this meal a lot and it will be added to our regular menu once our supermarket challenges have finished.

Be safe and remember Life is precious. Nicki

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Monday Menus – The Aldi Challange week 1

So I decided since I am going to have to learn fast how to set Menu plans and stick to them with our pending move to Cape York, I thought now was as good of a time as any to start Menu planning and foods budgeting. (Yes you just read right, I DO NOT already do this!)

With that idea in place I thought I would set up a little Challenge for myself (and anyone willing to come along for the ride.)

Over the next few months I will be setting myself a task to set up a Menu plan, a food budget and a Store to shop at. I will share our Menu’s, Recipes and yes even our Food Budget with you all.

I am going to do the hard work for you, I will find and share the recipes, set the Menu and try and give you real tips on how to make your dollar go further in each store.

When we move to Cape York I can only buy from the local IGA,  Coles and Woolworth Online and have it delivered either weekly or fortnightly. Delivery Costs can be up to $100 Dollars per order for a family our size so I need to be organized, have a well stocked pantry and since the Local IGA has higher than normal prices on a lot of items I need to be wise about what I can and can’t buy from them in regards to our Budget.

SO I decided to start with Aldi because Aldi doesn’t deliver and I would like to see what items I can stock up on in Aldi that are not available or are more expensive in the other stores so we can ship them with us when we move.

When we move to Cape York I can only buy from the local IGA,  Coles and Woolworth Online and have it delivered either weekly or fortnightly. Delivery Costs can be up to $100 Dollars per order for a family our size so I need to be organized, have a well stocked pantry and since the Local IGA has higher than normal prices on a lot of items I need to be wise about what I can and can’t buy from them in regards to our Budget.

SO if you are game I will share every Monday my Menu and weekly Budget. Now I am buying food for a family of 7, 3 Adults(our 17 year old eats Adult portions) 2 Teens 13 & 14 (both are small portion size eaters) and 2 under 10 years old. So you can adjust your meat/Veggie and fruit portions and other volumes or you can just cook the same and have left over freezer options if your family is smaller, or just add more if  your family is larger.

Just a Note: Our family is also pretty much Grain free, we have one child who because of his disability is Gluten sensitive, 2 others need to avoid artificial colourings and process foods, we are NOT Health freaks but we are trying to make changes to make us all healthier so we are trying to eat very little highly processed foods.

I am looking at ways to make Healthy = Cheaper……so hopefully I can share some of those ideas too.

So come join me every Monday as I share my Menu and though out the weeks as I share some things I learn. If you have any tips PLEASE feel free to share them on the Facebook page or here in the comments.

Monday Menus, The Aldi Challange