I had a lot of fun coming up with this recipe. Growing up, I can remember occasionally eating something in the States called Hamburger Helper. It’s a really cheap and easy boxed meal that you just add some minced meat to and have dinner. I wanted to recreate this dish, but without any of the salt or additives. My son loves cheese, so I thought it would be a hit, but I also wanted to add in some vegetables in my version. It went down a treat and would be great for toddlers or the entire family! (My husband and I thought it was delicious.)
Makes at least 18 ice cubes. Double the recipe to feed 2 adults and 2 children.
250g mince beef (or mince meat of your choice)
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1/2 yellow pepper, diced
1 small carrot, diced
1 clove of garlice, minced
1/2 cup no-salt chicken stock (I use this)
1 cup milk
3/4 cup macaroni noodles
1 tspn paprika
1 tbspn cornflour
3/4 cup cheddar cheese
For 6 months +
Brown beef, garlic, and vegetables and drain off fat. Return to pot.
Add milk, broth, and macaroni to pot, then stir in cornstarch and paprika.
Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer and cover for the required cook time of your noodles.
Remove from heat, then stir in cheese.
For toddlers, you can serve now. For babies, add everything to blender and blend to the required smoothness for your little one.
Sometimes after freezing, this can thicken up. In that case, add a little water while you reheat to smoothen out.