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BritMums-Healthy Red Meat-Cooking Challenge

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

Method

  1. Make up the Marinade using the ingredients listed in the Marinade section.
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      Marinating the Beef

    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).

  3. Make up the sauce using the ingredients listed in the sauce section.
    Cover once made and leave to one side.
  4. Heat up a frying pan with 2 tablespoons of oil and fry the marinated beef until it is half-done.
  5. Take out and set aside.
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    Chopping the Ginger and Garlic

    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.

  7. Continue to fry until the beef slices are almost done, then add the spring onions.
  8. 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
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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

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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!

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*This post is an entry for the BritMums #HealthyRedMeat, sponsored by the Meat Advisory Panel.

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