I was given a challenge from BritMums, to cook my little family a healthy red meat dinner!
Before I begin, a small disclaimer if you will*
*I am not a chef. I’m not even a very good cook. I mainly just give making dinners a good attempt and hope for the best!
One of my main issues with cooking is that the children are always around, so I don’t find time to make new dishes-however, I do like to give them the best food-food that is healthy and tasty.
One of the healthiest (and tastiest) foods, is in fact, red meat. Experts actually recommend including it in a child’s diet from weaning onwards-something we’ve been doing with bolognese/shepherds pie etc, from weaning age with both of our children.
Red meat provides a range of important nutrients that are often found to be low in toddlers and children-including B vitamins, selenium, potassium, zinc and iron.
Unfortunately, recently, some misleading information has been given with regards to red meat-so the Meat Advisory Panel, an independent group of health and nutrition experts, decided to partner up with BritMums to promote the nutritional benefits in children’s diets.
Dr Emma Derbyshire, a public health nutritionist, and Mother herself, says: “Including a small portion of red meat in the diet a few times a week after weaning, can help to bridge nutrient gaps, and so help to maintain good health through childhood and beyond.”
Alongside a healthy balanced diet-red meat is really important for your child’s nutrition.
Although we have red meat in our diet, the amount we eat really isn’t enough, so to be given a challenge by BritMums to introduce red meat further into our dinners, I was really excited-it almost forced me into thinking of another type of red meat meal!
I decided to make Chinese Beef with Egg Fried Rice, Duck Spring Rolls, and Prawn Crackers*
*Another disclaimer-I didn’t make the Duck Spring Rolls or Prawn Crackers-they came in a lovely box/bag ready for me to cook/pour into a bowl.
Ingredients (to serve 2 adults and 2 children).
4 tablespoons sunflower oil
400g beef rump steak, thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic, chopped finely
2 inches peeled ginger, thinly sliced
4 stalks spring onions, chopped
For the Marinade:
2 teaspoons cornflour
2 teaspoons dark soy sauce
2 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons Chinese rice wine
For the Sauce:
4 teaspoons oyster sauce
5 tablespoons dark soy sauce
6 dashes black pepper
1 teaspoon sunflower oil
2 tablespoons granulated sugar or to taste
Salt to taste
- Make up the Marinade using the ingredients listed in the Marinade section.
Marinate the beef slices with the Marinade for a minimum of 30 minutes (no maximum-I left mine in the fridge for the entire afternoon).
- Make up the sauce using the ingredients listed in the sauce section.
Cover once made and leave to one side.
- Heat up a frying pan with 2 tablespoons of oil and fry the marinated beef until it is half-done.
- Take out and set aside.
Heat up the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil and fry the garlic and ginger until aromatic. Add the beef back into the pan and then the sauce.
- Continue to fry until the beef slices are almost done, then add the spring onions.
- Do a few quick stirs. dish out and serve hot.
I definitely work better in the kitchen, when I have a video to guide me-so I made one for you all!
The Children’s Verdict
As is important with every single meal-I needed the kids opinion on their red meat dinner-and as you can see in the above video, the appreciative nods and noises definitely told me that they were enjoying it.
Kyes (7) Verdict
I loved Mummy’s dinner-I wanted Chinese for ages and Mummy made it for me!
The beef meat was really yummy but I didn’t like the spring onions, but Mummy said I could move them to one side and eat just the meat and rice.
I loved the dinner and want to eat it again soon, not with the spring onions though!
Olivia-May’s (3) Verdict
I didn’t like the spring onions, but the beef was yummy and I love beef now!
So there we have it! I’ll quite clearly leave the spring onions out of theirs next time-bless them! I was actually pleasantly surprised that they both enjoyed (and ate) it!
I’ll definitely make this again for all of us-especially considering the health benefits of red meat in our diet!
*This post is an entry for the BritMums #HealthyRedMeat, sponsored by the Meat Advisory Panel.