Sunday Comfort Food

On a Sunday night, I always feel a little bit more motivated to do something a little extra special for dinner, to set us up for the busy week ahead.  I am not talking about haute cuisine here, more the food that makes you feel nourished and comforted.  This dish is best started early, so that it cools down for little hands and mouths and can I reassure you, that it is quite simple and easy to make.

I tend to serve this in ramekins for my son, which is a generous serve and in larger ones, for adult portions with a side of greens, brocoli or salad – whatever is at hand.


  • 500g of low-fat beef mince
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of cummin
  • 1 teaspoon of coriander
  • 2 tablespoon of fresh oregano finely chopped (you can substitute fresh for 1 tablespoon of dried)
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 carrot diced
  • 7 -10 green beans chopped small
  • 1 zucchini diced
  • 1 bottle of Italian Passatta or 10-15 tomatoes blended and slow cooked for 1 hour with a pinch of salt (prior to adding to mix)
  • 8 waxy potatoes, chopped into round slices and boiled
  • Soy cheese for grating

How to:

  • Place olive oil into a large pot and stir fry onion and garlic until translucent, add spices, salt, beef mince and stir well to make sure there are no clumps and brown.  Add Passata, herbs and chopped vegetables and stir in well, place lid on pot and simmer for an hour or so.
  • Once potatoes are cooked, drain them well.
  • Grate Soy Cheese.


Place cooked beef mixture into a bottom of the ramekins and add a layer of the cooked potatoes, another layer of beef mix and fan out potatoes on top of the ramekins, add grated soy cheese to garnish the top.  Grill on high for 5 minutes or bake on high for 10 – just until the soy cheese goes crispy and golden.


Serve with your favourite greens (I say this with a grin, my son doesn’t like any greens unless they are incognito!) and enjoy; this will serve a family of four and if you are lucky there will be some left over for your lunch the next day.

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2 comments on “Sunday Comfort Food

  1. Janelle (Gluten Freely Frugal)
    March 27, 2012 at 2:34 am #

    This looks delicious. Thanks so much for sharing on Allergy-Free Wednesday. Hope you’ll join us again this week with another great recipe!

  2. intrepidallergymum
    March 27, 2012 at 7:50 am #

    Hi Janelle
    Thank you for the opportunity! I have a few more recipes up my sleeve, so I will be back!

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