Tacos with a Twist
440 g can pineapple pieces in juice, drained and juice reserved
1 long red chilli, seeded and finely chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander leaves and extra for garnish
1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 small brown onion, finely chopped
500 g pork mince
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 cup tomato sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon lime juice
8 mini gluten free corn tortillas or 8 lettuce leaf cups or 4 gluten free taco shells
Finely dice pineapple. Combine pineapple, chilli and coriander in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
In a large frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until softened.
Add garlic. Cook until fragrant.
Add the pork mince and cook for 5 – 10 minutes until cooked through.
Add sugar, tomato sauce, soy sauce and pineapple juice and cook for 5 minutes or until mixture has thickened. Season with salt and pepper.
Remove from heat and stir in lime juice.
Warm tortillas or tacos or separate lettuce leaf cups.
Assemble: pork mince, pineapple salsa and garnish with coriander.
(November 2015 : super food ideas)
Variety IS the spice of life.
Being on a gluten free diet reduces the range of foods available to you and often food looses its colour and appeal. In an effort to keep my son interested in food I try to look at alternative ways to present meals. There are only so many times a month you can eat nachos and corn tortillas. As well, taco shells have a habit of breaking with the first mouthful.
As my teenager and his brother really enjoy Mexican food, these novel taco trays expand the options for Mexican mince meals.
They are available in the Independent Supermarkets but unfortunately not in tropical North Queensland.
I buy them online from Sunnybrook Health Store . You will find them under the meals category, then taco category.
Mince is so versatile, I find it worthwhile to have 500g – 1kg in my fridge most weeks.
The other good thing about mince, is that most recipes are easy for teenagers to make.
When the call goes up, “Mum, I’m hungry”, I can reply, “make up a pot of taco mince or meatballs or..”.
Also if you are stuck for meal ideas during a busy week, then mince has almost a thousand uses.
Italian: pasta bake, lasagne, spaghetti bolognese
Mexican: tacos, nachos, quessadillas
Asian: San Choy Bau, Spicy Fried Mince Pork, Thai Rissoles
English: Shepherd’s Pie, Meatballs, Meatloaf, Savoury Mince, Rissoles, Burgers
If you are stuck for a mince recipe then go to http://www.taste.com.au/ search mince and you are sure to find inspiration.