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Schnitzel made with Rib Eye from The Meat Club

Schnitzel made with Rib Eye
Schnitzel made with Rib Eye

The Meat Club Rib Eye Schnitzel

Schnitzel made with Rib Eye from The meat Club or cotoletta as we call it in our family, is a favourite with both the kids and Papa. Like all parent’s, we are constantly ensuring our families have a balanced diet, and getting meat into little ones can be challenging. Meat can often be tough for children to digest, so I’ve figured out an easy way to make any cut of meat tender. You may think I’m crazy, but I marinate Rib Eye and other cuts in milk first, the difference in incredible. It’s so tender, making it easy for children to eat.

As opposed to the more traditional chicken schnitzel, I’ve made delicious schnitzel with Rib Eye from The Meat Club. You may think it’s criminal to use an expensive cut of meat for schnitzel, but my theory is, if you give your family the best quality that you can afford there will be no waste and they will love it.

Schnitzel’s are a great meal to prepare in advance, and if you have made it with fresh Rib Eye, then you can easily freeze them for an emergency meal. Here is a simple recipe that will feed the entire family.

 

Servings: 4 people

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

 

Ingredients:

1 packet of The Meat Club Scott Fillet

150ml fresh milk

Plain flour for dusting

2 cups breadcrumbs

3 tablespoons parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley

1 egg, beaten

Salt and pepper

flour for dusting

olive oil and 1 knob of butter for frying

1 lemon, cut into wedges to serve

 

Instructions:

Slice The Meat Club Rib Eye into thin slices, then flatten with a meat tenderiser.  Pour the milk into a bowl and add the meat, ensuring it’s all covered. Cover and leave to tenderise in the fridge for up to 1 hour.

Mix together the parmesan, breadcrumbs, parsley and season with salt and pepper.

Remove the meat from the milk and shake off any excess, dip in flour, then into the beaten egg. Press the Rib Eye into the crumb mix, ensuring an even coating.

In a wide based non-stick frying pan, heat enough olive oil to cover the base and add the butter. Once the butter has melted, add the Rib Eye, ensuring you do not over crowd the pan. Cook over medium heat until golden brown on both sides (about two minutes each side).

To serve, simply add a fresh green salad and fresh lemon wedges.

Schnitzel made with Rib Eye
Schnitzel made with Rib Eye

 

For more about The Meat Club and to place your next order, visit their website: www.themeatclub.com.sg

Enjoy this really easy dinner with family and friends.

E x

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The Perfect Porterhouse Steak Pie made with The Meat Club meat

The Perfect Steak Pie with Porterhouse from The Meat Club

Mini Porterhouse Steak Pie's
Mini Porterhouse Steak Pie’s

 

Wanting to make a meal ahead of time that will be nourishing for the family, then this is a great recipe. Pie’s are great to make for those emergency meals. I love making mini pie’s in my ramekins, I then freeze them individually so I have a meal for 1, 2 or 5 people ready at any time.

In this recipe I’ve used Porterhouse Steak from The Meat Club. This is the perfect cut of meat that can be slow cooked and used in a pie. Don’t be in a rush when making this, as the slow cooking of the meat will ensure it’s tender when you serve it.

If you are a follower of our blog, you will know when it comes to slow cooking I always use my Le Creuset. I find they are a great heavy based pot that works both on the stove or in the oven, so ideal for slow cooking. So if you don’t have yourself one, then go out and invest or grab your pot and start cooking this delicious pie!! (Tangs in Singapore sell Le Creuset, they have a wide range and you will often find them on sale).

 

Serving: 6-8 people

Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Cooking Time: 3 ½ hours

Difficulty: Medium

 

Ingredients

500g The Meat Club Porterhouse Steak cut into cubes

1 tablespoon Olive oil

1 large onion finely sliced

3 glove garlic crushed

200g bacon diced

200ml red wine (any left over wine)

200ml chicken stock

3 carrots peeled and roughly chopped

250g mushrooms quartered

Thyme and rosemary to taste

Salt and pepper

Puff Pastry – 2-3 sheets depending on the dish you use

40g butter melted

 

Preparation

Using a heavy based saucepan like a Le Creuset, heat the olive oil, then add the onions. Let them cook for a few minutes till they become soft, then add the garlic. With a slotted spoon remove from the pan leaving the oil. Now, add the Porterhouse Steak and brown on all sides then remove from the pan. Add the bacon to the pan with the carrots. Let them both cook for at least 5 minutes till the bacon browns and the carrots have slightly softened. Add the wine and stock and let it bubble away for another 5 minutes. This allows the alcohol to evaporate.

Incorporate the onions, mushrooms and meat back into the Le Creuset, add your herbs and season to taste. Put the lid on the pan and let it cook for roughly 3 hours on a very low stove. If you are using the oven, I would suggest about 130-150°.

Towards the end of the cooking process prepare either your ramekins or pie dish with puff pastry. With melted butter brush the base and sides of your dish. Cut your sheet of pastry to the desired shape to cover the base and sides of your dish. Whilst the meat is still hot, ladle it into the dishes filling to the top. Place the pastry lid on each pie and pinch the sides to seal. You can cut out shapes to decorate your pies but this is of course optional. Brush the lid of the pastry with butter.

In your oven that has been preheated to 190°, place the pie’s in and let them cook for about 30 minutes or till they have turned a nice golden brown.

 

Porterhouse from The Meat Club
Porterhouse from The Meat Club

 

Steak Pie - The Meat Club 2

 

Steak Pie - The Meat Club 3

 

I hope you love this recipe and do jump onto The Meat Club’s website to order and also to find some delicious recipes!

https://www.themeatclub.com.sg/ourPacks/own-Pack

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How to make the perfect Bolognese with Zoodles and Mince from The Meat Club

Bolognese With Zoodles TMC

Bolognese severed with Zucchini Zoodles 

Bolognese is a staple in most families, and once you have it mastered everyone will pine over it. This is a recipe that my Nonna taught me, so be assured it’s one of the best! Nonna’s don’t mess around when it comes to pasta sauce!!

When making Bolognese I always say, use the best quality produce you can find. That goes for the meat and the tomatoes. I love the 100% beef mince from The Meat Club, it’s so lean and tender, so that’s what I’ve used. Another tip, always and I mean always make sure you buy Italian tinned tomatoes, trust me there is a difference. I use Cirio, there are so many on the market so you can use which ever your local supermarket stocks.

Bolognese is best when it’s slow cooked, so I use my Le Creuset to make the sauce. It’s a nice heavy based saucepan which is exactly what you need for slow cooking.

Here is my recipe that I trust you will love.

Bolognese with Zoodles

Servings:  4

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

For the Bolognese:

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 medium carrot’s, finely chopped

2 celery stalk’s, finely chopped

3 cloves garlic sliced

500g The Meat Club lean mince beef

4 x 400g tins of Italian tomatoes (blended)

½ cup of dry red wine

3 tbsp tomato paste

Handful of fresh basil

Salt

For the Zoodles

4 zucchini (roughly 1 per person)

3 clove garlic crushed

60g Parmesan cheese, grated

Preparation

  1. To make the sauce, heat your Le Creuset  with nothing in it, once it’s hot add the beef mince and let it cook till all the water has come out of the meat.
  2. Remove the meat from the pan and set aside. Add the olive oil to the pan, once it’s heated add the garlic, carrot’s and celery and fry gently for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the mince meat and stir with a wooden spoon to break them up into smaller chunks. Add the wine and bubble for a few minutes to allow the alcohol to evaporate. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste, and fresh basil. Leave to simmer for 2 hours. Season to taste with salt (pepper optional).
  4. To make the zucchini noodles. Spiralize your zucchini and set aside on paper towel and sprinkle with salt. Leave for about 5 minutes, then with your hands squeeze the excess water out. Heat a fry pan with a drizzle of olive oil, add the crushed garlic and then the zucchini, sautéed for 2 minutes or till tender. Serve and top with bolognese sauce and freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Bolognese 1

Frying the Lean mince beef in a Le Creuset

Bolognese 2

Simmering the carrots and celery

Bolognese 3

The tomatoes added to the meat, celery and carrots. 

Bolognese 4

The sauce after it has been simmering for 2 hours. 

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Sausage Rolls with Beef from The Meat Club

TMC Sausage Rolls 1

Sausage rolls are always great at parties and to have in the freezer for those friends who drop in at the last minute. They are great for both kids and adults, and perfect to send in school lunch boxes and a great weekend lunch for the family!

Traditionally sausage rolls are made with sausage meat, but we have developed a recipe using 100% Australian lean beef mince from The Meat Club. When ordering from the Meat Club, your meat will arrive fresh so it’s perfect to prepare meals that can then be frozen and this is ideal for these sausage rolls.

Servings: makes 40 mini sausage rolls

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

 

Ingredients

500g The Meat Club lean mince (1 pack)

1 cup (70g) breadcrumbs

1 egg, plus 1 extra lightly beaten egg

¾ cup zucchini, finely grated

¾ cup carrot, finely grated

1/2 onion, grated

1 1/2 tsp mixed dried herbs (I used an Italian mix)

4 sheets frozen puff pastry, just thawed

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Preparation

Preheat oven to 200°C and line 2 baking trays with baking paper.

Take a large bowl, add breadcrumbs, beef and unbeaten egg and using your hands, mix until well combined. Grate the zucchini, carrot and onion. Squeeze all excess water out of the zucchini, and add to the bowl, add herbs and season with salt and pepper. Mix again with your hands till well combine.

Place 1 pastry sheet on a floured surface and halve. Spoon 1/2 a cup of the mixture along the centre of each piece and shape it like a long thin sausage. Fold 1 edge of pastry over and tuck in beside filling, then fold over other side to make a roll, pressing down lightly to seal. I brushed in insider of the pastry with water to ensure it would seal.

Repeat with remaining pastry and filling. Place in the fridge to cool for 30 minutes, this will make the cutting easier.

Cut the rolls into bite size pieces. You should get 5 pieces from every roll. Remove from the fridge and brush with beaten egg, sprinkle with sesame seeds (optional).

Bake for 25-30 minutes until the rolls are lightly browned and cooked through. Serve with sauce on the side.

TMC Sausage Rolls 2

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Weetbix Sultana Balls, a great snack

weetbix sultana balls

 

With the school holidays upon us again, I thought I would post this simple recipe for nut-free Weetbix Sultana Balls. These are a great portable snack, perfect for car trips or days when you are out and about. There are a few versions of these Weetbix Sultana Balls floating around the internet and I have taken bits and bobs from different recipes to create my own version which my kids love (and actually, so do I!!)

Weetbix Sultana Balls

Makes 22

Ingreidents

4 Weetbix

1/2 cup sultanas

3 tbsp. coconut plus, coconut for coating

2 tbsp. cocoa

2 tbsp. honey

2 – 3 tbsp. condensed milk

Instructions

Combine the weetbix, sultanas, coconut and cocoa in a food processor and process until the weetbix and sultanas and finely chopped. Add the honey and condensed milk and process until the mixture comes together.

Take 2 tsp’s of mixture and use damp hands to roll into a ball. Roll them in coconut and transfer to a container. Repeat until all the mixture is rolled into balls. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for 7 days (if they last that long!).

Notes

I tested this recipe with coconut oil instead of condensed milk. It didn’t work for me as the mixture did not come together enough to roll into balls. The condensed milk really acts as the ‘glue’ that holds it all together. If you buy a tin of condensed milk, you will have a lot leftover. I freeze my condensed milk in 3 tablespoon batches and use it the next time I make this recipe!

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Healthy Coconut Chicken

healthy coconut chicken

The wonderful Lisa Clayton from U-Fit posted a recipe for healthy coconut chicken on Instagram a while back. I saved it and have been meaning to try it. Finally got around to it and loved it so much, we ate it 2 nights in a row! It’s as good as eating little chicken schnitzel bites, but better for you! My 7 year old also loved them and she loved getting involved in making them which was great! Pictured below is the meal I made for my daughter and then the meal I made for my husband and I.  Super simple, super tasty and super light!

Healthy Coconut Chicken

Ingredients

300g of chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces

2 1/2 tsp of fresh chopped rosemary

1 – 2 tsp finely grated lemon rind*

1/4 cup plain flour

1/2 cup freshly shaved or desiccated coconut*

1 egg

1 1/2 tbsp. coconut oil

Instructions

Crack the egg into a bowl and whisk with a spoon.

Place the plain flour in a bowl.

Place the coconut, rosemary and lemon rind in a bowl and mix to combine.

Take each piece of chicken, dip in the flour, then the egg, then the coconut mixture, making sure each piece is well coated.

Heat half of the coconut oil in a large fry pan, over medium – high heat. Take half of the chicken pieces and fry in the coconut oil for 3 minutes each side, or until lightly brown and cooked through. Remove from the pan and place on a plate lined with paper towel. Repeat with the second batch of chicken.

To Serve

healthy coconut chicken

Serve tossed through a salad with baby spinach leaves, red and yellow peppers, snowpeas, cucumber slices and finely sliced red onion. Dress the salad with a glug of extra virgin olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice.

If your kids won’t eat it as a salad, serve with cut up vegetables and homemade garlic bread on the side!

healthy coconut chicken

Notes

  1. For less of a lemon taste, go with 1 tsp of lemon rind. For more of a lemon taste, go with 2 or more tsp’s of lemon rind.
  2. I used desiccated coconut for this recipe that I bought a Cold Storage because that was all that was available. Elissa tells me that there is a stall right near Mr Chia’s Vegetables at Tekka wet market that sells freshly shaved coconut. I think that would be super for this dish and I will be giving that a go next time I make it!

J xo

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Easy Sausage Rolls – Use Sidecar Sausages To Make Sausage Rolls in 5 Minutes!

sidecar sausages

The key to a  really tasty sausage roll is sausage filling. I would bet my last dollar that the last really tasty sausage roll you bought was made with sausage filling. Now I love a good sausage roll, but when I am making them at home for my kids, I tend to avoid sausage filling because it’s generally got stuff that is not so healthy for you (hence why it tastes so good!). But Sidecar Sausages has changed all that for me! We know that Sidecar Sausages contain no preservatives, additives, gluten, artificial colours, artificial flavours or extenders, so I’m happy to give these sausages to my kids. What I have recently learnt is, if you ask, the guys at Sidecars Sausages will sell you the sausage filling they use to create their yummy sausages. So it comes to you in a 500g container, just like if you had ordered 500g of mince. You can then use the sausage filling to make homemade sausage rolls! The filling already containers all the flavour and seasoning you need to create to die for sausage rolls, you don’t need to add a thing! You just scoop out the filling, wrap it in pastry and bake it, so unbelievably easy!

The recipe below uses the Italian sausage filling which is mild enough for kids but still packed full of flavour. I will be trying this out with some of Sidecar’s more grown up flavours, to create adult sausage rolls which would be great to serve with before dinner drinks or at a drinks party. I particularly think the Thai Chicken filling with a really delicious sweet chilli dipping sauce would be sensational. Watch this space, I will share the recipe as soon as I make them! And for a beautiful way to display your sausage rolls, click here to order your own personalised chopping board from Gifts Less Ordinary.

Easy Sausage Rolls with Sidecar Sausages

Makes 30 mini sausage rolls

Ingredients

500g Sidecar Sausage Italian sausage filling

3 sheets frozen puff pastry, just thawed

1 lightly beaten egg

sesame seeds

Salt and pepper to taste (optional)

Method

Preheat oven to 200°C and line 2 baking trays with baking paper.

Take the sausage filling and add salt and pepper if using.

Place 1 pastry sheet on a floured surface and halve. Spoon 1/2 a cup of the mixture along the centre of each piece and shape it like a long thin sausage. Fold 1 edge of pastry over and tuck in beside filling, then fold over other side to make a roll, pressing down lightly to seal. Repeat with remaining pastry and filling. Cut the rolls into bite size pieces. You should get 5 pieces from every roll. Place on baking sheets, cover and chill for 30 minutes. Remove from the fridge and brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the rolls are lightly browned and cooked through. Serve with sauce on the side.

To order Sidecar Sausages or find out where you can buy them, click on the link here.

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Nut Free Coconut, Date and Chia Bars

A great nut free snack to send to school is this nutritious Nut Free Coconut, Date and Chia Bars

Packing school and work lunches can get very monotonous and somewhat difficult when avoiding certain food, so i’m always on the hunt for different things that are nut free. I’m obsessed with dates, so for me this a great snack to have at home. I’m the type of person that always has to have healthy snacks stored in my fridge, so when i’m racing out the door and usually starving, I can pick up something that’s good for me and not a chocolate bar.

These Nut Free Coconut, Date and Chia Bars are very easy to make and will keep well in your fridge or freezer for weeks. This recipe does say medjool dates, but you can easily substitute for any type of date.

 

Nut Free Coconut, Date and Chia Bars

Nut Free Coconut, Date and Chia Bars

Ingredients:

13 medjool dates, pitted

2 cups shredded coconut

3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

 

Instructions:

It’s as simple as putting all the ingredients into a blender and blending until it forms a fine crumb and sticks together when pressed.

Line a square or rectangular tray with baking paper, spoon the mixture into the tray and smooth it out on top. Place it in the freezer for roughly 1 hour or until firm.

Remove from the freezer and cut into bars, whatever size and shape you like.

The bars are best stored in the freezer, particularly if you are living in a hot climate and you are packing them for school or work lunches.

 

I hope you enjoy this healthy nut free treat! E x

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Roasted Chicken with Garlic and Capsicum’s

Roasted Chicken and Capsicums

 

Roasted chicken is our favourite, and when it involves loads of garlic it’s going to taste even better. If you are a lover of capsicum’s (or peppers), you will love this dish, the capsicum’s cooks down to a nice soft texture and the skin just falls off. This is a great recipe for a one pot dinner, it’s quick to prepare and once it’s in the oven you are done, sit back and wait for those flavours to infuse the roasted chicken.

 

Roasted Chicken

Ingredients:

1 whole chicken cut into 8 (no skin)

3 large capsicum cut into stripes

10 cloves garlic unpeeled

3 bay leaves

3 sprigs rosemary (roughly 2 tablespoons)

5 tablespoons black olives

5 tablespoons olive oil

 

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Wash and cut the capsicums by halving them first, then cut each half into 4 long stripes. In a large baking dish, put your cut capsicums on the bottom of the dish and add the chicken pieces, garlic, bay leaves, rosemary, olives and olive oil. Season with salt and paper to taste and mix thoroughly with your hands.

Cover the dish with a lid or foil, bake for 1 1/2 hours, or until the chicken is cooked through.

Remove from the oven, uncover and leave to rest for about 10 minutes. Serve warm with rice or couscous on the side and some crusty bread would be perfect.

 

I buy my hormone free chicken from Mr Wee in Singapore. Contact phone +65 9139 2189

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Protein Balls with Apricot, Nuts and Cocoa

Protein Balls with Apricots

 

Protein Balls are a staple in my fridge, as i’m always in need of a healthy snack on the run. If your a reader of our blog you would have noticed I’ve made protein balls before, but this recipe is a little different as i’ve added some fruit for sweetness. This recipe calls for dried apricots, which is one of my favourite ingredients when baking.

Protein balls are the easiest thing to put together, all you need is a super powerful food processor / blender and you are set to go. This is the perfect recipe for you to try if you think you’re not an expert cook, it’s not cooking – it’s just pressing a button to whiz all the ingredients together.

 

Protein balls

Ingredients:

100g cashews, lightly toasted

100g almonds, lightly toasted

2 tablespoons pepitas seeds

2 tablespoons sunflower seeds

170g medjool dates, pitted

100g soft dried apricots

2 tablespoons tahini 

2 tablespoons coconut oil

2 tbsp raw cacao powder or cocoa powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons honey

100g desiccated coconut for coating or as much as needed

 

Instructions:

Combine the cashews, almonds and seeds in a food processor and whiz until fine crumbs. Do not over who otherwise it will form a paste.

Add the dates and apricots and whiz until smooth.

Add the tahini, coconut oil, cacao powder, cinnamon and honey, whiz for two minutes or until the mixture forms into a ball.

Put the mixture into a bowl, cover with cling film and leave in the fridge for at least 1 hour, this makes it easier when rolling into balls.

With a teaspoon or 2 teaspoon measure, take mixture and with wet hands roll into balls. Roll in coconut, an store in an airtight container in the fridge. They will keep in the fridge for at least two weeks.

 

Where to Source

Nuts are pretty expensive in Singapore, but after much searching i’ve found the best quality and priced nuts are at Mustafa. It’s definitely worth a visit. For more details about Mustafa click here. I also buy my dates and coconut oil at Mustafa.

 

Enjoy your “pick me up” snack!

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