Lunch With Continental Meals

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Did your Mother make Continental meals for you when you were growing up?  Mine did and our family lapped them up, when we had barbeques Mum always made rissoles and was widely praised for them.  Guess what?  Her secret ingredient was Continental French Onion Soup.  Using Continental packet mixes in ways other than the recipe on the pack is something that never occurred to me.  That is until I was invited to a Cooking Masterclass by Continental with their Head Chef Julieanne Lever.

Continental Meals Packet Mix

The Masterclass was held in a fabulous venue called Studio Raw Materials in Footscray, a converted warehouse with a state of the art demonstration kitchen and dining room.   Julieanne talked about the ingredients inside a Continental meals packet, free of artificial colours and flavours and added msg so no nasties.  Julieanne recounted her visit to an accredited Continental tomato farm where she saw the tomatoes picked at optimum ripeness and processed straight away ie dehydrated and ground for inclusion in the Continental meals packet.  She then demonstrated some dishes, a marinade made with a Chilli Con Carne packet mix for these beef ribs below and the mince for the Mexican Tortilla Stacks.  The beef ribs became South American Beef Ribs With Chimichurri, the meat fell off the bone, so delicious.  This marinade was also used for steak.
continental meals packet mix
It was our turn to cook, the call went out “who wants to make the Mexican Tortilla Stack”  I love Mexican food and any dish with lime so volunteered along with Kimberley from Scout Writes to cook this as a pair.  We made them with the Mexican Tortilla Stack packet mix and used white  and purple corn flour tortillas.  They were so tasty and would be perfect for a Friday night dinner for the family, you could get the kids involved stacking the tortillas with the meat sauce and grated cheese, super easy and tasty.
continental meals packet mixes
continental meals packet mix
continental meals packet mix
Steak marinated with Chilli Con Carne packet mix, worcestershire sauce and olive oil.
continental meals packet mix
continental meals packet mix
continental meals packet mix
continental meals packet mix
The table set for lunch with all the dishes made, they were Chow Mein Recipe Base:  Japanese Gyoza and San Choy Bow, Mexican Tortilla Stack Base:  Mexican Tortilla Stacks with Mexican Salsa Verde with Tomatillo,  Chilli Con Carne Recipe Base:  South American Beef Ribs With Chimichurri, Beef and Mushroom Rice:  Mexican Rice.  There was also a fresh and crunchy Mexican Slaw made with red cabbage and carrots.
continental meals packet mix
continental meals packet mix
Lunch was a modern menu of great dishes made with Continental meal packets, below is a recipe for the Mexican Tortilla Stack with Mexican Salsa Verde with Tomatillo one of my favourite dishes on the day.  If you’d like the recipe for any of the other dishes, mention it in the comments below and I can send it to you.
Mexican Tortilla Stack
Prep Time:  10 minutes
Cooking Time:  35 minutes
2 tsp oil
500g lean mince beef
1 packet Continental Mexican Tortilla Stack recipe base
400g can diced tomatoes
60ml water
1/2 cup corn kernels
6 flour tortillas
1 cup grated reduced fat tasty cheese
Sour cream to serve
Mexican Salsa Verde With Tomatillo
2 tomatillo or green tomatoes
4 cherry tomatoes
1/2 onion diced
1 garlic clove
1 1/2  limes, zest and juice
3 sprigs coriander
3 sprigs parsley leaves
1 long red chilli
salt and sugar to taste
1.  For Mexican Salsa Verde, blend all ingredients together and season to taste.
2.  Pre heat oven to 180 degrees.  Heat oil in a frying pan and brown beef.
3.  Add recipe base, tomatoes, water and corn and stir until thickened.  Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes
4.  Place one tortilla on a lined baking tray, cover with a fifth of the mince and sprinkle with a little cheese.  Repeat layers, finishing with a tortilla and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
5.  Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown.  Allow to stand for 5 minutes before slicing.  Serve with Mexican salsa verde.
continental packet mixes
Catherine x


  1. Kylie

    I have to confess I always keep a few packets of Continental’s French Onion soup mix stashed away in my pantry. It is my secret ingredient in a potato gratin! And a great addition to a hamburger or pattie as your Mum used. Im not actually a packet person at all but you have me convinced to try the tortilla stack! What a lovely and fun day out and the venue looks gorgeous! Thanks for sharing Catherine xx

  2. anastasia

    oh what a fun outing – gorgeous photos and looks like a great time was had by all!!! I need to try some of these – some days you just need that extra help in the kitchen – the Chow Mein one sounds great!

    1. Catherine

      I agree Anastasia, sometimes you just need to get dinner on the table and these Continental packets are brilliant for that. I had some cabbage I had to use up so made the Chow Mein recipe last week and the family really enjoyed it.

  3. Amanda @ Gourmanda

    You know how these packet mixes are often viewed as being for lazy cooks? I have to confess, sometimes I’m even lazier than that and just go for frozen meals, a la Lean Cuisine and Weight Watchers (to be fair, it’s also because I’m on a diet so sometimes that’s just an easier option).

    I really should try just using these sometimes for a quick and easy meal – the tortilla stack looks yum!

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