Beef koftas, roast pepper couscous and a red cabbage & carrot salad

This is my ‘go to’ meal when I want something healthy, quick and tasty in the evening. There is something amazingly comforting about beef and chillies as a combination and you don’t get much healthier than red cabbage and carrot! This meal also goes great with a large glass of chilled white wine, preferably Chablis.


  • 800g of Tesco premium beef mince (£2.80)
  • 3 large carrots (35p)
  • 500g (4) Tesco market value peppers (91p)
  • 1 large red onion (20p)
  • 1 lemon (30p)
  • 1 medium red cabbage (51p)
  • 500g of Tesco couscous (61p)

The cupboard staples…

Garlic, cumin, dried chilli flakes, sugar, olive oil, salt, black pepper, white wine vinegar and 3 cloves of garlic

Total cost

If you already have the cupboard staples, then according to, this trolley was cheapest at Tesco where it came to £5.68 - that's £1.42 per head!


  • Pre-heat the oven to 220C and place 4 peppers, cut in half with seeds removed, rubbed with a little olive oil and seasoning in the oven for 20 minutes.
  • Now soak 4 wooden skewers (metal skewers obviously a bit less hassle if you have them) so they don’t burn when you grill the koftas. Grab a large bowl and add to it the mince, 3 cloves of crushed garlic, 2 teaspoons of dried chilli flakes, 2 teaspoons of cumin and salt and pepper. Mix really well and then shape on to four skewers. Place in the fridge to firm up for 20 minutes.
  • Now for the salad. Very finely chop half a red cabbage and grate the carrots (you could finely slice if you prefer), mix in a bowl along with a pinch of sugar, a few twists of black pepper, 4 tablespoons of olive oil and 3 tablespoons of white wine vinegar. Easy. Place in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.
  • For the couscous; place 300g in a bowl along with some seasoning and 300ml of boiling water. Give it a good stir and cover with cling film. Leave for 5 minutes and the couscous is ready. Take the peppers from the oven, roughly chop and add to the couscous along with a very finely chopped red onion, the juice of one lemon and a good glug of olive oil. Stir well and set to one side. It’s done.
  • Finally the koftas. Turn the grill up to a high heat and grill on each side for about five minutes. You’re looking for nice browned edges. Now just enjoy - happy eating!


  1. شركة تنظيف خزانات بالمدينة المنورة وشقق بالمدينة المنورة شركة غسيل خزانات ومكافحة حشرات بالمدينة المنورة ونقل عفش بالمدينة المنورة مؤسسة صفوة المدينة
    شركة تنظيف خزانات بالمدينة المنورة
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بالمدينة المنورة مؤسسة صفوة المدينة انها الاولى فى مكافحة ورش الحشرات بالمدينة المنورة رش البق رش الصراصير مكافحة النمل الابيض بالمدينة المنورة
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بالمدينة المنورة


  2. ان اردت نقل عفش منزلك بالدمام ابيات الشرقية من اهم شركات نقل العفش بالدمام والخبر والجبيل والقطيف والاحساء
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