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One Pot Savoury Mince Recipe


I had some Heart Smart Beef Mince in the fridge, that was destined to become meatballs…but the thought of rolling them all made my lazy side say meh. So instead I looked around for a savoury mince recipe to cook in the slow cooker, and pinched a few ingredients from this one and that…by the time I got around to cooking it I didn’t have enough time for the slow cooker, just cooked it on the stove top in my favourite casserole dish and it turned out quite yummy.

Here’s the recipe I came up with…

One Pot Savoury Mince Recipe

Makes 3 decent Serves

Suitable for Cruise PV

(sorry about the bad pic…iPhone)


1/2 tsp Oil

500g Heart Smart Beef Mince

1 stick Celery, finely chopped

1 small Onion, finely chopped

1 small Green Capsicum, finely chopped

1 clove Garlic, finely chopped

1 tbsp Soy Sauce

1 tbsp White Vinegar

1 tsp Sweetener

1 tsp Dijon Mustard

1/2 tsp Chilli Powder

1 cup Beef Stock

2 tbsp Tomato Paste

Freshly Cracked Black Pepper

1. Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed pan. Add the beef mince and brown.

2. Empty the beef into a strainer and get most of the excess oil out of the pan.

3. Into the same pan, add the garlic, onion, capsicum and celery. Cook vegetables until softened.

4. Return beef mince to the pan and add all other ingredients.

5. Simmer covered over the lowest heat, stirring occasionally.


  • I let mine cook for about 15 minutes once all the ingredients were in. Just double check that the liquid has not run out…if it looks like it might, add a little bit more. Or, if it looks like there’s too much, leave the lid off and turn the heat up a touch to let it evaporate.
  • As always with a dish like this, use what is already in your cupboard in terms of condiments. Don’t have soy sauce? Use worcestershire instead (I just really need to buy some)
  • You could very well cook this in the slow cooker from step 4 onwards…just pop it on in the morning and leave it on Auto for 6-7 hours.

I would love to know if you give any of my recipes a try….leave me a comment and let me know how they turn out for you 🙂



Dukan Caramelised Onion and Balsamic Relish Recipe


This is really yummy to serve with meat. It’s not an exact science recipe, so feel free to adjust the quantities to your taste.
I served this at a dinner party and it went down very well with the guests 🙂

Dukan Caramelised Onion and Balsamic Relish Recipe

Makes 4 Servings

Suitable for Cruise PP & PV

Olive Oil Spray

2 Onions, thinly sliced into half rings

2 cloves of Garlic, crushed

2 tsp Dijon Mustard

3-4 tbsp Sweetener

1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar

1. Lightly spray a pan with Olive Oil and wipe away excess. Gently fry Onions and Garlic until Onion becomes translucent, keep a lid on the pan during this time. You might like to add a little water to the pan to help the onions along…I did 🙂 You should do this for at least 10-15 minutes.

2. Add in Mustard, Sweetener and Balsamic Vinegar and cook uncovered over a low heat for a further 10 or so minutes, until liquid reduces, stirring occasionally.

3. Serve with meat.



Dukan Sausage Casserole Recipe


Here in Australia we are able to buy kangaroo sausages (from Woolworths). Kangaroo is an extremely lean meat! It is rather strange eating our Coat of Arms though!

If you do not live in Australia, you may be able to organise with your butcher to make some extra lean sausages for you as Charlotte (in Scotland) does.

Dukan Sausage Casserole Recipe

Makes 4 decent Serves

Suitable for Cruise PV

1 tray of 5 Kangaroo Sausages (they are a little larger than normal ones)
4 pieces of Rindless Bacon, diced…the good part only (this ingredient is optional)
1 Brown Onions, thinly sliced
1 large Red Capsicum, diced
4 cloves of Garlic, crushed
1 tin Salt Reduced Tomatoes
2 Fresh Tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup Beef Stock
Freshly Cracked Black Pepper
2 tsp Dried Thyme or 2 tbsp Fresh Thyme
1 sachet Tomato Paste (2 tbsp)
1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce or 1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
2 tsp Sweetener
2 tbsp Corn Flour – mixed with a little water before adding to casserole

1. Lightly spray a heavy bottomed pan with Olive Oil, wipe excess away. Fry Sausages until they are cooked through. Remove them from the pan and cut them thickly.

2. In the same pan fry the Bacon, Onion, Capsicum, and Garlic until the Onion becomes translucent.

3. Return the cut Sausages to the pan and also add the Tinned and Fresh Tomatoes, Tomato Paste, Beef Stock, Pepper Worcestershire Sauce, Sweetener and Dried Thyme (if using).

4. Allow to simmer on low for 10-15 minutes. Towards the end, add the Fresh Thyme (if using).

5. Pour the cornflour/water over the top. Continually stir until the casserole has thickened.



Cottage Pie Recipe


Great comfort food for a PV day. Very rich.

I made the filling tonight, and we had a big bowl of that for dinner. I put some aside to make mini cottage pies in ramekins tomorrow 🙂

You will want to try and cook the filling and topping simultaneously……otherwise you will be in the kitchen for too long!

Cottage Pie = Beef Mince
Shepherd’s Pie = Lamb Mice
You can make it either way 🙂

Cottage Pie Recipe

Makes 4 large Serves

Suitable for Cruise PV Phase

Filling Ingredients:

  • Olive Oil Spray
  • 500g Beef Mince
  • 1/2 Onion finely diced
  • 2 large cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tbsp Corn Flour
  • 2 tsp Chicken Stock Powder dissolved in 1 1/2 cups Hot Water
  • 2 Tomatoes, Diced
  • 150g tub Tomato Paste
  • Freshly Cracked Black Pepper

Topping Ingredients:

  • 1 head of Cauliflower
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • Freshly Cracked Black Pepper
  • 1-2 tbsp Extra Light Philadelphia Cream Cheese

1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

2. Lightly spray a frying pan with Olive Oil Spray and wipe away excess with paper towel. Brown Beef Mince until crumbly.

3. Remove mince from frying pan, getting rid of any excess fat.

4. In the same pan, fry the garlic and onion. When soft, return beef to pan.

5. Sprinkle over Corn Flour and cook, stirring, for a few minutes.

6. Add to the pan the Diced Tomatoes, Tomato Paste, Stock & Water, Black Pepper. Stir to combine.

7. Allow to simmer on a low heat for at least 10 minutes or until thickened.


1. Cut the Cauliflower into florets and rinse. Cook Cauliflower in a saucepan of water for approximately 20 minutes or until you can insert a knife into a floret without resistance.

2. While the Cauliflower is cooking, very finely chop the garlic.

3. Drain the water from the pan and return the Cauliflower over a very low heat for a few moments, stirring, to evaporate some extra water.

4. Turn off the heat and begin to mash the Cauliflower. Add the other ingredients, Extra Light Cream Cheese (however much you want), Pepper and Garlic.

5. When you have reached a point where you don’t think you can mash it anymore, you can leave it at this point. I prefer to have it perfectly smooth, so I had a go at it with my barmix (hand blender).


1. Place the filling mixture into one large baking dish, or small ramekins (it would at least fill 8 ramekins)

2. Top with the Cauliflower Puree.

3. Bake in the oven until top slightly browns and dish is hot.


I threw this recipe together tonight, and have recorded exactly what I did. This tasted soooo good that I feel it was not as healthy as I could have made it. So some things I would change for next time….

  • Only use 1 tsp of Chicken Stock Powder…to reduce salt.
  • I didn’t have a tin of tomatoes in the cupboard!! (can you believe it??) So I used the 2 fresh tomatoes and the tub of tomato paste. The tomato paste was quite high in carbs though (9.2g/100g….I figured you don’t actually eat that much though, so it might be a Tolerated Food)
  • Next time I would use a tin of tomatoes with 1 sachet of tomato paste (I think the sachets are 2 or 3 tbsp?) Still would add in the fresh tomatoes though, they added a very nice dynamic.
  • Next time I would add mushrooms, or other veggies as well….we love mushrooms.


(p.s. Sorry about the ginormous post!)

Parfait Recipe


I love colour and I love food…so why not combine them both! Believe it or not, while I was on holidays I thought of making this in a dream!

My version has only one colour, but you could go crazy and make a whole rainbow if you wanted to 🙂 I do love rainbows

Parfait Recipe

Serves 4

Suitable for Attack and Cruise Phases


Nestle ForMe Vanilla Flavoured Yoghurt

Diet Jelly, flavour of your choice, I used Raspberry

1 tsp Gelatine

1. Add the Gelatine to the Diet Jelly crystals.

2. Make Jelly according to packet.

3. Pour into a flat dish/container and allow to set.

4. Once jelly is set, cut it into cubes.

5. Choose some really fun glasses and layer Jelly cubes with Vanilla Yoghurt.


  • I chose to add the extra gelatine to make the jelly cubes a bit more manageable
  • The taller thinner glasses turned out much better presentation wise.
  • I made mine during the day and popped them in the fridge to have later that night.


Beef Bolognese Recipe


This is a great recipe if you are feeling like some comfort food. We shared this between us (we were very hungry) and it filled us up a little too much! It would more reasonably serve 3-4 people, depending on how hungry you are.

Beef Bolognese Recipe

Serves 2-4

Suitable for Cruise Phase (PV)

500g Lean Beef Mince

1 Onion, finely chopped

1 Clove Garlic, finely chopped

5 Mushrooms, chopped

1 tin Diced Tomatoes

1 tbsp Dijon Mustard

1 tsp Oregano

1 tsp Basil

Freshly Cracked Black Pepper

1/4 cup Water

2 tsp Chicken Stock Powder (optional)

1. Spray a frying pan with Olive Oil and wipe the excess away with paper towel.

2. Soften the Garlic and Onions in the frypan.

3. Add mince and brown, breaking up into small lumps.

4. Add Mushrooms and cook for a couple of minutes until they begin to soften.

5. Add in the tin of Tomatoes, Water, Dijon Mustard, Oregano, Basil, Pepper and Chicken Stock Powder.

6. Allow to simmer slowly for 15 or so minutes, stirring occasionally, until a bit of the liquid has been evaporated.

  • Feel free to add in extra veggies that you like…this is just what I had in the fridge.
  • This would freeze really well if you wanted to make some ahead of time to have and have it on a PV day.



Stuffed Peppers Recipe


Otherwise known as Capsicums (here in Aus), I found some baby red ones at Costco and they were calling my name. As I had been thinking about making this recipe for a while before starting Dukan, I knew this is what I would be making with them. So I had a think about how to Dukanify the recipe, and here it is….. Watch out! You will be making this over and over again, it was sooooo good!

Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Serves 3-4

Suitable for Cruise Phase (PV)

1 large Onion

2 cloves Garlic

Olive Oil Spray

1 tin Tomatoes

2 tsp Soy Sauce

2 tsp Chicken Stock Powder

1/4 cup Water

10 baby red Capsicums

500g Beef Mince

2 tsp Cayenne Pepper

Freshly cracked Black Pepper

2 tbsp Oat Bran

1 Egg

2 BabyBel Light Cheeses

1. Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

2. Finely chop the Onion and Garlic.

3. Spray a non-stick frying pan with Olive Oil, wipe excess away.

4. Saute Onions and Garlic until translucent. Remove half of the mixture to a large mixing bowl. Leave remaining half in frying pan.

5. Add to frying pan the tin of Tomatoes, Soy Sauce, Chicken Stock and Water. Allow to simmer until some of the liquid has evaporated.

6. Pour the Tomato mixture into the base of a baking dish.

7. Wash and cut the tops off the capsicums. Only cut a very thin layer off if you are using baby Capsicums. Using a teaspoon, remove the membrane and seeds inside the capsicum. If there are some seeds stuck a quick rinse will do the trick.

8. In the bowl with the Onions, add the Mince, Cayenne Pepper, Pepper, Egg and Oat Bran.

9. Give it a really good mix with your hand to get all of the ingredients combined.

10. Using a teaspoon, fill the Capsicums with the mixture and firmly pack it in.

11. Place the Capsicums in the baking dish on the Tomatoes.

12. Cover each Stuffed Capsicum with a thin slice of BabyBel Cheese.

13. Cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes.

14. Remove foil and bake for 15 minutes longer. The dish is ready when the Capsicums are cooked.

  • I had some mince mixture left over, so I made some Rissoles for my dinner tomorrow night.
  • You could easily use regular sized Capsicums, just cut them in half from top to bottom and prepare everything else the same. You might not have mince left over if you use the larger Capsicums.
  • We got two dinners (of 3 Capsicums) and two lunches (of 2 Capsicums) out of this recipe.
  • In my version I used Soy Sauce and Chicken Stock Powder….because that’s what I had in the cupboard. I am not one to race out and buy another ingredient unless it is vital. You could use Worcestershire Sauce and Beef Stock Powder and I’m sure you would have just as delicious results, maybe even more so! Nah, I take that back, this dinner Rocked!