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Three reasons to love mince

Mince is a loved family favourite for children and adults alike. Here are our top 3 reasons why mince gets a big thumbs up from us at recipes.co.nz.


Mince is a type of meat that you can’t go wrong with. You can make burger patties, meatballs, spaghetti Bolognese, koftas, meatloaf, cottage pie – the meal possibilities are endless. It can take on many different flavours (think Mexican and Morrocan flavours) and freezes well.


Mince can be a cheap way to feed the family. The price can vary depending on the quality of mince, with regular mince being cheaper and premium being a bit more. If you can opt for Quality Mark mince you know your mince is of a high standard and has minimal fat (look for the Quality Mark sticker or ask your butcher). However, if you are on a tight budget regular mince can do the trick and you can drain the fat once you’ve cooked it. You can also buy regular mince in bulk and portion it out for different meals.

Nutritional Powerhouse

One of the most underrated benefits of mince is its nutrition profile. The nutrients in mince (protein, zinc, iron, potassium phosphorus, vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12) are key in supporting optimal health and wellbeing and pack a nutritional punch.

If you are looking for versatile, cheap, and nutritious mince inspo this week, try these delicious recipes. Do you think you can make a mince meal that costs less than $3 per serve? Scroll down to find out!

Mince Fried Rice

$1.86 per serve

This beef fried rice is a one-pot meal that is both affordable and delicious. This recipe is super versatile, so if you don’t have some of the vegetables use what you have leftover in the fridge. If you're looking to add a little more to the recipe, add a tablespoon of finely chopped raw ginger with the garlic.

Magic Mince

$2.55 per serve

Versatile, quick and, delicious, mince is a Kiwi favourite. Easy to whip up for a variety of different meals, this is a recipe to always keep on hand. It's great when served alongside baked or mashed potatoes, rice, or pasta. You can also use the mince mixture to whip up mince and cheese pies!

Budget-friendly Cottage Pie

$2.02 per serve

This cottage pie recipe is made with Kiwi families in mind. Budget-friendly and delicious - it’s guaranteed to please! The Pie can be frozen and used within 3 months for an easy go-to meal. We like to serve this pie alongside green peas or frozen vegetables, and if you're looking to make the mince go further, try adding a can of rinsed beans or lentils to the mix.

Posted by Katrina Dixon

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