I’m not an enthusiastic cook by any stretch of the imagination. Years of chicken nuggets, spaghetti Bolognese and cheesy chips have sapped my desire for culinary experimentation. I’m happy to watch Jamie Oliver do his thing, but do I want to copy him? Hell no.
On a good day, I can make a decent roast dinner, but on a bad day, pasta with a jar of pesto sauce is about the limit of my can’t-be-bothered dinner menu.
The following dish is one of my favourites. It’s easy to cook, is ready in around 25 minutes, and best of all, it is low-fat (if that kind of thing bothers you). In addition, it is gluten-free.
I don’t eat gluten, so I look for recipes that are GF. I’m not coeliac, but I am intolerant and have an auto-immune disorder, so reducing gut inflammation is a priority. Avoiding known allergens such as gluten reduces by gut problems. I don’t have caffeine and try to avoid eating too much chocolate for the same reason.
The first time I made this dish, my kids loved it. Try it and you’ll love it too – trust me!
- Pack of turkey mince
- 1 x tin of chopped tomatoes
- 1 x tin of kidney beans in chilli sauce (Tesco and Asda sell tins)
- Courgette (optional)
- Grated cheese
- Bag of corn nachos
Fry the turkey mince until cooked through. Add the chopped mushrooms, peppers, and courgettes. Cook until soft.
Add the tins of chopped tomatoes and red kidney beans in chilli sauce.
Simmer for 20 minutes. Season to taste.
Add a layer of nachos on a plate. Scoop the chilli mince mix on top of the nachos and sprinkle with grated cheese.
Adapting the recipe for fussy teens
This recipe can be adapted for super picky vegetarian teenagers. Substitute Quorn mince for turkey. And if your child has become a vegan, don’t give them any cheese – or use vegan alternatives.
To be honest, if your teen is a veggie or vegan, you should do what I did – suggest they cook their own meals. I got mightily sick of cooking two or more separate meals every night. Kids are way too fussy for their own good. Learning to be self-sufficient is a useful life skill that will stand them in good stead when they fledge the nest.
Try it; if they are not committed to their cause, it won’t be long before they are eating burgers with the rest of the family!