Kid-friendly Pork and Apple Bake [Gluten free, Grain free, LCHF, Primal]

Getting kids to see that eating healthily is still ever-so-yummy! A classic combination of pork and apple is sure to please them, and the budget friendly recipe is sure to please you!

Pork mince is not something I used regularly before but it has become easily available now and is a great alternative. I had decided to make some pork mince pasta sauce for the kiddies today, but then thought perhaps I should get them to try something a bit different and ditch the pasta. I had one small apple left in my fruit basket so thought now what!?

As usual, I just started throwing things into a pot and seeing where it took me. Halfway through cooking the pork, I remembered a beef mince recipe that I had previously made and loved so decided to adapt this and just roll with it. With a spicy meal on the go for the grown ups, I kept this one 100% kid-friendly. You could make it spicy to suit your taste though by adding about 1 tspn of cayenne pepper into it. 

Recipe for Pork and Apple Bake

Yield: 4-6 servings (20cm x 20cm square dish)

Prep time: 15 minutes (incl cooking mince)

Baking time: 20-30 minutes

What you need 

500g pork mince

1/2 large onion, chopped

2 bay leaves

1 tspn smoked paprika 

1/2 tspn ground cumin

1/3 cup grated apple (1 small apple, cored and grated without skin) 

1 grated tomato (or 1/3 cup tomato purée)

Salt and pepper to taste

For the topping

250ml milk

2/3 cup grated cheese (mozzarella or cheddar) 

What you need to do

1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Heat oil in a pot over high heat and fry onions until translucent. Add bay leaves and mince and fry until it changes colour.

2. Add spices, mix and fry for a few minutes.  

3. Add grated apple and tomato, and mix well. Allow to cook until most of the liquid has reduced. 

4. Grease baking dish and add mince mix to the dish.  

5. Whisk milk and egg in a separate bowl/jug and season with a pinch of salt.  

6. Pour milk mixture over the mince and top with grated cheese. 

7. Bake for approximately 20-30 minutes (until set). Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.  Done! 

This is best served warm with a crunchy salad or some warm veggies. Enjoy! 

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