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Orla Walsh has provided us with some of her favourite ‘fakeaway’ recipe ideas for you to recreate at home. Not only are they a healthier alternative to takeaways, but they’re also packed full of nutritious Irish meat and dairy ingredients to ensure you and your family are getting a varied and balanced diet full of family favourites.

Lean beef is an excellent source of protein, zinc, niacin, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 – which helps to reduce tiredness and fatigue and promotes healthy skin and hair. Red meat is also a good source of iron. When it comes to nutrition gaps, iron deficiency is a cause for concern amongst all age groups in Ireland. 41% of Irish women are at risk of iron deficiency and almost a quarter of one-year-olds, and 10% of two – three-year-olds (10% and 11%) are estimated to have inadequate iron intakes. Iron is especially crucial in a growing body. A toddler requires nearly four times the amount of iron per kg of their body weight compared to an adult. Iodine is considered one of the ‘forgotten nutrients – critical for thyroid function, metabolism and brain development in an unborn child.

Ingredients for Burgers

1 packet of Quality Assured lean mince
2 tbsp tomato puree
2 tsp smoked paprika
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
2 eggs (these act as a binding agent – chia seeds or breadcrumbs will work just as well)
1 scallion
1 handful fresh coriander


To make burgers –

  • Mix your packet of mince beef with tomato puree, the paprika, 2 cloves of garlic, 2 eggs, scallions and fresh coriander. Press into burger shapes and grill.
  • Served with a spinach salad to provide an extra iron boost!

Topping Options to enhance the taste and help you achieve the ultimate balanced ‘fakeaway’ meal.

Dairy foods, including cheese, provide a unique matrix of essential vitamins and minerals, including calcium, protein, potassium, phosphorus, iodine and vitamins B2, B5 and B12.

Grated Cheddar
Lettuce (Iceberg Lettuce is ideal for a bun-less burger)
Homemade Mayonnaise