The opportunity came up for me to guest blog a recipe for The Organic Place. Check out their amazing products and service here. I cannot recommend them highly enough – fresh fruit and vegetables are delivered to your door straight from the market. It couldn’t be easier!
As a mum I am constantly trying to find ways to get my children to eat a wide range of vegetables. My last couple of attempts with cabbage didn’t go over so well. Firstly, I tried the lovely gluten free goodness of cabbage noodles (literally cabbage chopped into ribbons and softened in a pan) with our usual Beef Stroganoff recipe. Needless to say my husband nor children wanted to partake in eating the tasty spaghetti alternative. My last attempt of coleslaw atop of baked potatoes didn’t go over well with anyone else either and I had a surplus of coleslaw salad lunches for myself for days while my family members digested their unhealthy bacon and cheese topping instead.
When I read that cabbage would be a new addition to The Organic Place Mixed Bag this week, these past experiences immediately came to mind and I resolved that I would once again try to sneak cabbage into my family’s diet. However, this time I decided I may have to be a little bit James Bond about it all, and disguise it carefully within an exciting, hands-on and delectable experience.
Katrina’s Take on San Choy Bow
Tablespoon of peanut oil
500 g pork mince
300 g cabbage, chopped finely
One carrot, grated
One zucchini, grated
Half a green capsicum finely diced
Corn kernels from one corn husk
Two tablespoons soy sauce (or to your liking)
One tablespoon fish sauce
Approximately half a head of whole lettuce leaves for serving
Combine the vegetables in a bowl
Heat the peanut oil in the pan over a medium heat
Add the pork mince and heat through till almost brown
Add the vegetables to the pan and stir well for a few minutes
Add in sauces and mix well
Remove from heat
Serve two-three tablespoons of the mince/vegetable mixture in lettuce leaves and enjoy!
If you wanted to stretch the dish a bit further you could add a couple of cups of cooked rice or rice noodles. The mince mixture would also work with rice as fried rice for another meal on its own. And of course you could definitely play around with the vegetables you use in the mixture.
My children are really not fond of lettuce so I was pleasantly surprised when my eldest son did attempt the dish at my request and proceeded to have three more lettuce cupfuls. My younger son ate the mince mixture in a bowl sans lettuce leaves – still a win, really. And my little miss tried a spoonful or two. I’m claiming she doesn’t count because she’s a toddler. My husband polished all that was left when he arrived home later so I am calling it a mission accomplished!