Minced beef with courgettes and hummus is one of my Greek inspired dishes and a real comfort food staple in this house. Any variation of mince is considered standard fare here in Scotland, we are brought up on mince and tatties after-all, but this dish raises the humble mince to new levels.
As I’ve said before in other posts, the Mediterranean diet is packed with vegetables and pulses with the use of meat being limited. This recipe for minced beef with courgettes and hummus ticks the boxes perfectly. The meat is just part of the recipe, it is not dominating the plate which is usually the problem with our ‘normal’ western diet where we have a great slab of meat and the veggies play a rather limited part being just a side to the star of the plate.
Here we have the mince cooked with courgettes and served on a pillow of rich hummus then nestled on on a bed of spinach. This is a meal in itself. You don’t need to add any more carbs to your plate, so resist the temptation to add potatoes and just enjoy this healthy Greek style feast on a plate.
- 500g minced beef
- 2tbsp olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- ¼ tsp dried chilli flakes
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 courgette cut into rounds
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh mint
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
- 2 handfuls spinach
- 4 tbsp hummus
- 4 tbsp Greek yogurt
- Lemon wedges to serve
- Fry the mince in 1 tbsp oil till browned and set aside
- Add remaining oil to pan and sauté the garlic for 2 mins
- Add courgettes and fry till golden on both sides, about 5 mins
- Add the mince back to the pan with herbs, spices and seasoning and cook for 5 mins
- Add spinach for further 2 mins
- Mix the hummus and yogurt together in small bowl
- Place the spinach on the plates and then spoon on the hummus/yogurt mix before topping with the mince mixture
- Sprinkle with more herbs (serves 2)