• Serves 4
  • Makes 4 meals
  • 45 minutes
  • Difficulty Easy
  • 4 Ingredients


Why waste time over a stove when you can cook once and have gourmet leftovers for the rest of the week?

Ingredients (serves 4 | makes 4 meals )

  • 2 kg beef mince
  • 2 400g 4-bean mix or chickpeas or similar
  • 2 cups finely chopped vegetables
  • 2 jars tomato pasta sauce


  1. Brown mince, stir in the rest of the ingredients and cook until heated through. Congratulations, the hard work is done! You can use this for the next 4 meals! (Make a double batch if you have a large family)
  2. Meal One - serve with cooked spaghetti and garlic bread for Spaghetti Bolognaise.
  3. Meal Two - use as a base for nachos, fajitas, enchilidas, tacos and burritos. Add extra spices (a packet of mexican seasoning works well) and top with cheese.
  4. Meal Three: make a pie. Thicken the sauce with a paste of cornflour and water. Place mixture into a dish, cut a piece of puff pastry to fit. Brush pastry with egg and milk and place in the oven for 10 minutes until the pastry browns and rises.
  5. Meal Four: stuffed capsicum. Add dried basil and chilli, boil some rice and mix together with the sauce. Stuff into the top of capsicums and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until ready.

  • Loving this as can make some meals ahead and do not have to worry about weekend meals or work lunches.


  • Great idea. This would be delicious on toast.


  • a very clever idea!


  • Wow this seems really simple yet tasty!


  • Yum, looks amazing!! Thanks for sharing.


  • A great recipe base that is so versatile. Love the idea of making on big dish and serving it in a few different ways.


  • What a great idea and a timesaver! Im already thinking of other ways i could use this mix as a base :)
    Thanks for sharing.


  • Love all the four recipes listed! Thank-you.


  • what a superstar you are Tam.. Thanks for sharing this idea – I love it…. Another option is baked spuds topped with this delicious mix xxx


  • Love this idea, what a time saver!


  • I’ll try this out with a few meals :)


  • Great idea!!!


  • it s really nice good


  • Great general mix to add to and change up as you needed


  • Fantastic. I really need one of those Phillips all in one cookers


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