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  • Writer's pictureBeans van Zyl


Updated: Feb 12, 2020

A healthy mince sauce is such a versatile meal, and most children and adults love it. I add lots of vegetables and lentils to the mince so that I know that my family is having a perfectly healthy, balanced and delicious meal all in one. It also really bulks the mince sauce up, without having to use too much meat. This is the perfect meal for fussy eaters as the vegetables are grated in, so they will not even know that they are eating vegetables. This meal is delicious, incredibly satisfying and easy to make.

Ingredients: (Serves 6)

1-2 Tbsp coconut oil or olive oil

2 large carrots grated

4 zucchini grated

1 small sweet potato

1 clove garlic, minced

500g minced beef

2 tins (400g each) tomato and onion mix

2 Tbsp tomato paste

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tin (400g) lentils, drained and rinsed

Salt and pepper

1/4 cup water

500g gluten free spaghetti cooked according to package instructions

Method: Grate the carrots, zucchini and sweet potato.

Heat the coconut oil in a large pot, over medium heat.

Add the grated vegetables and the minced garlic and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the mince and break it apart with your spoon.

Let the mince brown, then add the tins of tomato and onion mix, the tomato paste, oregano, drained lentils, salt, pepper and water.

Mix it together so that all of the ingredients are combined.

Cover with the lid and let it simmer for about 45-60 mins, stirring occasionally.

About 10 minutes before serving, cook the pasta, drain and dish into bowls, topping it with the steaming mince sauce and a grating of Parmesan cheese.


Sometimes I add 1 cup of frozen peas to this sauce and my children love it.

This mince sauce is also perfect to use for a lasagna. Just make a white sauce and layer the mince, lasagna sheets and white sauce, cover with grated cheese. Bake in the oven for about 50 minutes, until golden and bubbling.

I love to double this recipe, then I dish it into Ziploc bags once cooled, and freeze them for days when there is no time to cook a meal from scratch.

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