Stretching the Meat

I read a great post about how to stretch meat without the meat eater knowing. Very good advice. The blog is really great reading. A family in corporate Australia living the simple life.

Here is what we did recently to stretch the meat. We loved it, it was like a frajita in a lot of ways.

Why do we stretch meat in our family? This particular blade steak came to be in our freezer as my car was in the workshop I think. My husband was going down to the local shop after work and he got whatever meat was left that was OK for us to use, meaning not something we really wouldn't want. To have enough for our family he traditionally would have to buy two packets, which there probably wasn't at that time.

I recently read that the amount of meat a person needs each day is related to their weight. If you are 80k, you need 80g. You can find that article here. It is an article about budgeting.

Beef & Red Lentil Curry

Serves 6

400gm blade steak
80g (1/3 cup) korma (mild) or Indian curry paste
2 tsp light olive oil
1 brown onion, coarsely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tsp finely chopped fresh ginger
1 1/2 cups red lentils
500ml water
400ml coconut milk
pita bread
2 beef stock cubes
greek yoghurt

Please beef and half the curry paste in a glass or ceramic bowl, and turn to coat. Heat half the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the beef and cook turning occasionally for 4-5 minutes or until brown.

Add remaining oil over medium-low heat, add onion, garlic and ginger and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes or until the onions softens slightly. Stir in the remaining curry paste.

Add the lentils, stock, coconut milk and water to the pan. Bring to the boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 10 mintues. Return the beef to the pan and simmer for a further 8 minutes or until tender.

Serve as a wrap with yoghurt on top of meat.

This recipe has been adapted from here. There are variations that make prove just as adaptable.

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Jelly Wares said…
I like to stretch the meat when i'm cookin too by adding in extra vegies or pasta... Thanks for sharing your yummy recipe..

Take Care
Jodie ;)
gail said…
Hi Linda,

This recipe sounds really good and will have to try it. Meat is so expensive these days. I also try to stretch it if I can. I'm looking forward to reading through your site. Have a greeat weekend.

Blessings Gail

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