FEED THE FAM FOR R50! Two Fab Recipes: Pork Mince with Hidden Veggies (Pasta Sauce and Rainbow Meatballs) [Gluten free, Grain free, Paleo]

Budget and family friendly pork mince recipes that are sure to please even the fussiest palate!

One 500g pack of pork mince and a few extra veggies yet, 2 meals.  Now I quite like the sound of that! My kids do eat well, and enjoy some veggies but courgettes (baby marrow) are not included in that list! So since I had some that needed to be used up, I decided to ‘hide’ them and these two are none the wiser. 

If you break down the costs, you’ll see just how doable this whole healthy eating thing really can be. Remember, im looking at the MAIN, actual ingredients used, not entire packs, or oil/spices etc. I paid R39.99 for 500g of pork mince (at Woolworths). So let’s just make that R40 because life is too short really! So, R20 per meal goes to the pork mince. I used 2 carrots in total – roughly worked out to around 40c per carrot, so that’s a grand total of 80c for both meals gone on carrots. Then, 3 small courgettes – I happened to have organic ones and it works out to about R1.50 each, so that’s R4.50 in total spent on courgettes. Well, that’s a TOTAL for both meals of R45.30 so far… The added bits to each recipe will bring that total up (3/4 cup tomato passatta, 1/2 an onion, seasoning) but not by too much at all. So is it within R50 per meal? ABSOLUTELY!! You’ve got enough per meal to add your side dishes and still be within budget. 

Let’s start with the meatballs. I call them Rainbow Meatballs because they’re speckled with colour and just look pretty 🙂

Recipe for Rainbow Pork MeatbLls with Hidden Veggies

Yield: 14-16 small meatballs 

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 10-15 minutes 

What you need

250g pork mince 

1/4 small onion

2 carrots

3 small courgettes (baby marrow)

(You will only use half of this veggie mix for the meatballs)

1 egg

1 tspn tomato paste 

Salt and pepper

1/2 tspn of each ground cumin, mustard powder, ground all spice 

What you need to do

1. Place veggies into food processor and blitz until very finely chopped.  

2. Empty out into a mixing bowl. Add mince and the rest of the ingredients to the veggies, and mix well. 


3. Form into meatballs, and fry until cooked. Done! 

Serve with your choice of accompaniment – veggies, salad, pasta, rice, potatoes, with a dip and wedges … It’s up to you! I’m going to use them in lunchboxes 😉 


So, you’ve used half the pack of mince and half the veggies so it’s time to make the pasta sauce. I use the same frying pan in which I fried the meatballs so there’s less washing up! 

Recipe for budget friendly Pork Mince Pasta Sauce with Hidden veggies

Yield: 2 cups of sauce 

Prep time: 5 minutes 

Cooking time: 20 minutes

What you need

250g pork mince 

1/4 onion, sliced 

Other half of blitzed veggie mix as above 

3/4 cup tomato passatta (or 3 chopped tomatoes and 2 tblspns tomato paste)

1/2 tspn dried herbs 

Salt and pepper to taste 

What you need to do

1. In the same frying pan in which you fried the meatballs, add onion. Fry until slightly softened. 

2. Add mince and veggie mix, and mix well. 

3. Add seasoning and tomatoes, and lower the heat. Cover the pan and allow to cook for 15 minutes or so. Done! 

Serve with rice/pasta (or alternatives to these) or in wraps, with nachos… However you choose! 


This is a great way to bulk up one pack of mince and make it a very family and budget friendly meal – times 2! 


Serve mince sauce with salad, sugar snap peas, and exotic tomato mix – YUM!


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