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  • Michelle

Kai Sai Ming

This is a dish that always, always reminds me of my Mum (hi Mum), as it was one of her staples when we were growing up, and why would it not be? Frugal, nutritious, delicious, one pot cooking should have a place in every family’s meal rotation.

I have healthified it up a bit and exchanged the rice for quinoa, but it is still just a wonderful family meal.


500g lean beef mince

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 small brown onion, chopped,

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1 teaspoon ground turmeric

3/4 cup quinoa

2 cups shredded cabbage

1/2 a cauliflower cut into florets

2 sticks celery, sliced

1 litre of beef stock

1/2 cup sliced cornicon pickles

handful of shredded greens

salt to taste

In a large frying pan, brown the meat in the olive oil, stir in the onion and garlic and the spices, stir until fragrant.

Add the stock, cabbage, quinoa, cauliflower and celery, simmer until the quinoa is quite translucent and all of the liquid is gone, if the quinoa is not quite cooked, add a little water, turn off the heat, stir in the fresh greens and the pickles, season to taste, serve.

A delicious and nutritious meal for four with very few dishes, what more can you ask?

Just a little side note, this is a really good recipe for using up ends of veg. That half a green capsicum or handful of green beans, some frozen peas from the freezer, I try to keep everything white or green, but other than that I just use whatever I have.


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