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December 21, 2016

Summer is here, bringing us the opportunity to head outdoors and enjoy picnic lunches and dinners galore. Di Kaino, wife of Kiwi rugby star Jerome Kaino, shares one of her favourite healthy picnic recipes – summer salsa with pork mince in lettuce cups.

Picnic dinners can be healthy and delicious for the whole family and it certainly is now time to get thinking about some quick and easy recipes for rustling up that delicious picnic so you can enjoy more time in the great outdoors. 

“We all have our own favourite ways of eating this,” says Di, who has three children, Milan, Kobe and Grayson, with husband Jerome.

The Kaino tribe enjoying some family fun in the great outdoors. 

“Jerome likes his with hot chilli sauce, Kobe and I will eat it with the yoghurt and hoisin whereas Milan just likes the mince in the lettuce leaves.

“Whichever way you choose, it’s great to enjoy a meal all together.”  Whip this up in just 15 minutes and you’re good to head out into nature and spend some quality time with those who matter.

Summer Salsa Pork Mince in lettuce cups

Prep Time: 15 minutes


I Tbsp oil
500g Pork Mince or (chicken Mince)
2 cloves crushed Garlic
2 Tbsp fresh grated Ginger
1 Tsp Fish Sauce
1 Tsp Sesame Oil
1 Tsp Soya sauce
1 Lettuce (rinse leaves)

Summer Salsa

2 Mangos cubed
1 Avocado cubed
1 small Red Onion finely chopped
Fresh Mint, handful
1 fresh Lemon juiced
10 Cherry tomatoes chopped into halves

Topping sauce

Hoisin Sauce
Greek Yoghurt
Hot Chilli sauce if you’re brave 


Heat oil in fry pan over medium heat, add garlic and ginger cook for 2 mins. Add Pork Mince and fry until it just starts to brown make sure there are no clumps of mince, add fish sauce, sesame oil and soya sauce stir through, cook for a further 5 minutes.

Cube mangos, avocado and cherry tomatoes, add in onion, roughly chopped mint and squeeze in the juice from one lemon.

To Serve:
Spoon mince mixture into lettuce leave, top off with salsa add on top teaspoon of Greek yoghurt and hoisin sauce or if you like it hot like Jerome add on some hot chilli sauce.

Life with a family of young children means stains, luckily, SARD Wonder Complete Action is trusted to remove tough stains – including tomato sauce.


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