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Recipes - Beef Meals

  • Beef and Vegetable pie
  • Braised Beef

Beef and Vegetable Pie

This pie does incorporate saturated fats in the pastry, but we all deserve a treat now and then and as the pie also only uses a pastry top... its all the flavour with half the fat.


Ingredients

  • 1 tblsp oil (olive/coconut/rapeseed etc)
  • 1 large brown onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 large carrots sliced thinly
  • 500g diced beef steak (eg chuck)
  • 1 can 5 bean mix, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup green beans
  • 1 lt beef stock
  • 2 tblsp cornflour
  • 3 slices of wholemeal puff pastry (*see note)
Method

1. in a heavy based sauce pan heat oil, fry off onion, garlic on a medium heat, until onion becomes transparent
2. Add beef and brown off
3. Add carrots and stock, bring to boil
4. Turn down to a constant simmer, place on lid.
5. Cook on simmer (checking every so often and giving a stir) for approx 1 1/2 hours (or more if you like your meat really tender)
6. Add in 5 bean mix and green bean.
7. Cook with lid off for another 20 mins stirring occasionally, until stock has reduced down to barely cover the other ingredients.
8. Mix cornflour into a paste with a little water and stir in allowing the remaining stock to thicken.
9. Set aside and allow to cool until cool enough to go in fridge.

Several hours later or the following day....
 
1. Pre-heat oven to 220'C
2. Pour cold meat and vege mix into a baking dish.
3. Cover top with pastry sheets (the fancy design in the pic was created by threading strips of pastry together in a weave pattern, then adding a 'vine' and flowers), remember this is a treat so get creative and have fun with your pastry.
4. brush finish top with either an egg wash or milk
5. Cook in oven, medium shelf, until golden brown.
6. Remove from oven and set aside to cool for approx 5 mins before cutting.

Serving Suggestion

1. with a side salad
2. with some steamed vegetables

Note: I use frozen puff pastry - I just make sure I choose a brand that is the healthiest option I have available - however if you have the time or inclination to make your own then do try it it does make all the difference...

Braised Beef

Braised Beef

Ingredients

  • 500g chuck beef (diced and any excess fat removed)
  • 2 brown onions (halves and finely sliced)
  • 4 carrots thinly sliced
  • 1 large can tomatoes (check labels) (or 500g fresh)
  • Cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 cup water or stock
  • 1 tbsp cornflour and water mixed to paste

Method

  1. Layer ingredients into a casserole dish except cornflour paste.
  2. cover with tight fitting lid or alfoil
  3. Bake in a preheated oven at 180'C for 2 hours 
  4. When cooked, carefully open lid and stir through cornflour paste,
  5. put back in the oven for another 10 mins
  6. Serve with brown rice and steamed vegetables

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