We stopped eating beef about five months ago. The reason is that beef doesn’t agree with me. My digestive system has been much happier since. While I think this decision is not only good for me, but for the environment as well, beef mince is a frugal staple and finding replacements can be expensive.
Lamb mince is both difficult to find and expensive (although a first: Woolies is cheaper in this case. Our local Woolies sells lamb mince for $10 a kilo, while the wholesaler charges $27 a kilo and you have to order it in advance). Pork mince is another alternative and reasonably priced. Both can be substituted successfully for beef mince.
1 – 2 packets of hokkein noodles
500g pork mince
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/2 capsicum, sliced
1/4 cabbage, thinly shredded
handful of mushrooms, sliced
2 Tbsp natural, crunchy peanut butter
splash or two of soy sauce
- Prepare noodles according to directions on packet.
- Brown the mince, breaking lumps up with a spoon. Drain.
- Heat a little oil and add the cabbage, capsicum, mushrooms and garlic. Sauté until vegetables are just tender.
- Return mince to pan and stir through peanut butter and soy sauce (taste and add more if preferred).
- Toss the noodles through the mince mixture, heat and serve.
Melissa Goodwin is a writer and the creator of Frugal and Thriving who has a passion for living frugally and encouraging people to thrive on any budget. The blog is nine years old and is almost like her eldest baby. Prior to being a blogger and mum (but not a mummy blogger), she worked as an accountant doing other people’s budgets, books and tax.