Healthy | Pasta

A healthier Twist to Spaghetti Bolognese

By on November 10, 2014

 

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Unlike my previous Spaghetti bolognese recipe I’ve swapped a few ingredients for an updated and slightly healthier version. I think this recipe is great as part of a healthy balanced diet.. as I can’t just live off my greens alone lol.

So for this recipe I used wholemeal organic spaghetti as a replacement for normal white spaghetti (tastes very much the same). I’ve also used the same fresh ingredients with just little tweaks here and there like less salt, oil and processed seasoning.

For the mince, rather than using my usual supermarket mince I headed to my local halal/butchers meat shop. This is great for fresh mince that has less fat, even better… price! As you can get quality meat a cheaper and more reasonable price.  If not opt for your supermarkets organic mince beef for better quality.After all it’s the little details like this that makes the difference in how healthy we can make our cooking.

Most of the ingredients I purchased for this recipe was under £10 yes I said it! It’s even enough to feed a  family or friends of 4 with maybe a little left over….

What you’ll need:

-Wok or medium sized pan/pot – (I’m using a Tefal Wok that I got for £20 at Wilko)

– Blender/Food processor (I’m using kenwood but you can get good value blenders on Amazon)

– Knife & Chopping board. (Both wilkonsons)

Key ingredients for under £10:

Tesco Chopped onions x 1 (16p) or a pack for £1

Garlic Cloves chopped x 3 (75p 1 pack, local superstore)

Handful Tesco Fresh basil leaves (70p)

Scotch bonnet x 1 (alternative Tesco mixed chilli 60p)

Organic mince meat/ Mince turkey 500g (£4 for 750g)

1 pack of Organic wholemeal Spaghetti £1

Tomato paste x 1 Tablespoon 45p

5 fresh Tomatoes (Serving of 4) 75p

Seasonings for flavour:

Jumbo Beef stock x  1 Teaspoon / Or Salt and Pepper

Schwartz Celery Salt x 1/2 Teaspoon

Dunn’s Curry Powder 1 teaspoon (optional)

Red bell pepper (optional)

Napolina Extra Virgin Olive Oil x 1 Tablespoon:)

 

Those are all the ingredients I use for this recipe along with places I got them from! *quick tip if you want reasonably priced and quality meat/ products on a budget have a look at your local and independent supermarket stores as they tend to have good deals and products at a cheaper price. Anyway hope you find this useful don’t for get to leave comments and thoughts on this recipe. You can also follow me on

 

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Lunch | Pasta

Spaghetti with mussels in white wine and garlic sauce.

By on November 27, 2013
I recently made this dish and thought to share the recipe with you. I haven’t made many seafood dishes in the past, but I knew I wanted to be more adventurous and try it out. It turned out really well. This is a great recipe for lunch or dinner time and great if you want something quick, easy and tasty.

Cooking time: 20 mins

To cook from Scratch You’ll need:
1 tbsp Olive Oil
2 Pounds of live mussels
1/2 Cup of white wine
2 Scallions, finely chopped
1 1/2 Garlic, finely chopped
1 Tsp Tomato puree
1/2 teaspoon of salt
Mixed Herb ( Parsley, Basil, Coriander)
3 Tbsp of butter.
Spaghetti
Quick tips:
–  Boil your Spaghetti in a pot and add a knob of butter or olive oil to stop from sticking together.
–  I learned: when it get’s to the Mussels make sure the mussels shells aren’t cracked or open as they are probably dead because they need to be alive before you cook.
– If you’re getting the already made pack from your local supermarket you wouldn’t need to do this. Just pour it into a pan and cook for 5-10 minutes adding your seasoning as you wish.
Dip the mussels into a bowl and rinse under water washing and removing any extra bits.
Preparation:
Heat oil in the pan, add butter followed by garlic, salt, pepper, puree and mixed herbs then cook for 5 minutes. Add mussels and  your 1/2 cup of white wine then stir. Cover and let it cook for the next 10 minutes until the mussels open. Add your boiled spaghetti and mix together, then sprinkle with parsley and serve.
Enjoy x

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