Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Healthy meat patties and couscous with seasoned yogurt - Recipe

One of the more healthier recipes I like to use often is my meat patties with couscous. It is easy to do as I often do many patties in advance and have them in the freezer. I fry them but also bake them in the oven for a healthier option. Serving it with fluffy couscous, big tangy salad and minty yoghurt makes it a fresh and light dinner option for any summer day or any other day of the year really.

500 g minced beef meat
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp dried parsley
1 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 small onion finally chopped
1/2 cup bread crumbs
salt and pepper to taste

1 cup Bulgur cooked according to instructions on package
1 chicken stock cube
handful vermicelli noddles
2 tbsp vegetable oil 
salt and pepper to taste

Salad: Lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, radishes and paprika
Seasoned with a salad seasoning mix from Knorr, salt and pepper
1 onion chopped, seasoned with  sumac

Yoghurt sauce: 1 cup greek yoghurt, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp dried herbs mix, 1 tsp parsley, salt and pepper to taste


1. Mix all the ingredients for the patties in a bowl and let it rest for 10 mins in a fridge.

2. form the patties round in different sizes if you like and put them in an oven dish. Bake in the oven for 30 min - 1 hour in 200 degrees, time varies depending how well done you like. I like mine well done.

3. While the patties are in the oven, cook the bulgur according to the instructions on the package. I basically heat up 2-3 tbsp vegetable oil in a pan. Lightly brown the vermicelli noddle in the oil and then add the washed bulgur and the chicken stock. Season with salt and pepper and add 1 cup water initially and let it come to a boil. Then turn down to let it simmer and add 1/4 cup water if needed.

4. While that is being cooked do the yoghurt sauce. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and put it in the fridge to let it rest and the flavours get enhanced.

5. Chop the salad in the size you desire. Season with Knorr Dressing mix which is an excellent salad spice mix according to me and one that I use regularly in my salads. The copped onion gets seasoned with sumac, a red tangy spice that adds great flavour to this dish.

6. Once everything is cooked and baked serve it in a wide plate with some salad, onion mix and a dollop of yoghurt sauce.


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