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May 23, 2011

Everyone has a convenience meal that they have learned at their mother’s knee and keep for those occasions when making items from scratch is just too difficult.

This is why we are having a special “Convenience” section for recipes that include such items as packet soup.  We don’t want to be cooking with packet soup a lot of the time as it contains too much salt and other problem ingredients.  But once in a while – it’s fine.  Here is that old favourite Chow Mein.

If you want a recipe for cooking Chow Mein from scratch.  Here it is.

500 g of minced beef

1 pkt chicken noodle soup (look for the brand with the lowest sodium)

1/2 small cabbage (sliced finely)

1 pkt dried green beans

1/2 cup rice

1 large onion (chopped)

3 cups water

1/2 teaspoon curry powder

1 tbspn oil


1.  Fry the onions and the curry powder in a large frypan in the oil until the  onions are transparent looking.  Then add the mince and slightly increase the heat.  Cook until the mince is browned.  (You will probably need to keep breaking up the mince with a wooden spoon.)

2.  Add the cabbage, the rice, the beans and the soup with the water.  Simmer (cook with small amount of bubbles coming to the top) until the rice and vegetables are cooked.  This will be about 20 to 25 minutes.  Towards the end of the cooking time a lot of the liquid will be evaporated so keep stirring it to make sure it doesn’t stick on the bottom.  If it gets too dry add a little more water.

Healthy Tip:  You can add carrots chopped into 1 cm cubes when you add the rest of the vegetables if you like.

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