Recipe: Yellow Courgette and Savoy Pasta

So, this is possibly one of the easiest recipes you’ll find on the site, and it’s really quick too! If you can’t find yellow courgettes (zucchini), green will work just as well, or you can substitute the courgette for any of your favourite spirlalized vegetables (or just use actual spaghetti)!

Yellow courgette

Ingredients (services 1 large meal or two side portions)
2 cups x yellow courgette – spiralized, or use a julienne peeler
1 cup x savoy cabbage – shredded
Pinch of chlli flakes or 1/2 fresh red chili
30g Boursin or roule cheese
10g Applewood smoked cheddar (or your favourite hard cheese)
Tablespoon of stock – just to add flavour to the cabbage

Method

  1. Heat a non-stick frying pan on a high heat and add the cabbage and the stock, cook until just tender
    Savoy cabbage
  2. Once tender, add the courgette spaghetti and the chili flakes, turn the heat down and cook gently until the courgette is JUST tender.spirlaized zucchini
  3. Add the Boursin to the pan in chunks and stir to melt the cheese and create a sauce that coats the vegetables
    Top Tip – if there’s too much stock left in the pan, drain some before adding the Boursin, you don’t want it to be too runny!
  4. Remove the vegetables from the pan into a pasta bowl, and finely grate the hard cheese over the top, enjoy whilst it’s still hot!Yelow courgette and savoy spaghettiYelow courgette and savoy spaghetti

I enjoyed my meal after the Manchester 10k last weekend, with some water and a glass of white wine.

post-run meal

I loved it so much I made it again last night, topped with a fried egg, sunny side up! You could also serve this as a side dish with some grilled chicken, which I think I’ll do next!

Let me know if you make the recipe!
xoxo

Eats of the Week

Now I have to admit, some of these Eats didn’t actually happen this week, but I found pictures on my phone so thought I’d share them all with you!

  1. Baked Paella
    Please don’t lynch me for my non-traditional take on paella, but this meal gives you all the garlicky, salty, spicy flavour of paella, and the texture, without the hassle of standing over a pan for hours. I shared the recipe back in 2013!

    20160428_204624 baked paella

  2. Dinner at The Ivy Chelsea Garden for my birthday
    I know, I know, my birthday was back in April, but I visited my sister in London a couple of weeks after and we treated ourselves to dinner at the Ivy Chelsea Garden. She’d just bought a new flat so it was a dual celebration. That meant, dual puddings!
    We had the chocolate bombe which was a chocolate globe covering heavenly combination of milk foam, honeycomb, ice cream and sauce
    Chocolate bombe
    We also had the Strawberry Shortcake Sundae – Poached strawberries, vanilla ice cream, shortcake, crème Chantilly and baked meringue
    strawberry shortcake sundae
    They were so, so good.
    For our main course, we’d had a selection of starters, side dishes and a fish main. Whatever you do, if you visit the restaurant, get a basket of the courgette fries!
  3. Courgette Spaghetti (again)
    I don’t think there’s a week goes by that I don’t have some take on my courgette spaghetti recipe!
    courgette spaghetti
  4. Pasta Bake
    I really wanted the comforting carb load of a pasta bake, without all of the calories and unhealthy fats, so I made a green pasta bake. I’ll share the recipe this weekend. To say it had a bout 1/4 of the cheese I would normally put in, it still tasted satisfying and stodgy! Just what I wanted.
    Pasta Bake

Hang on everyone, it’s nearly Friday!

If you try any of these recipes let me know in the comments!
xoxo

Pizza Bianco = tomato no no!

I don’t like tomatoes! Whole, canned, puree or sauce, as much as I try to like them, I can’t. So eating pizza for me has always been a bit of an experiment. When dining out, I’ll ask for a garlic bread topped with cheese, and then pick toppings that are available on the traditional pizzas.

Usually, this is either a combination of spinach and pancetta or chicken with spicy peppers. Pizza Express started doing a béchamel base, so I’ll go with their Pollo Forza with béchamel instead of a tomato base.

So when it comes to having pizza at home, I’ve started to experiment with different toppings and I think I’ve cracked it! The perfect pizza for a green veg loving, tomato hating wierdo like me!

Now you might want a napkin because you’re about to start drooling, just look at this beauty….

Pizza Bianco

A garlic and herb base, topped with a Boursin and shredded Brussel sprout ‘sauce’ with crispy pancetta, courgette, mozzarella and chilli flakes.

You’re welcome!

Recipe – Serves 1 as a main meal, or two as a smaller portion

  • 1 x garlic bread base – choose your favourite, but make sure it isn’t frozen and the cooking time should be around 15 minutes or less
  • 5 x brussels sprouts, shredded (if you don’t like sprouts, you can leave them out of the recipe, but they truly add a nutty crunchy texture)
  • 30g x Boursin or roule
  • ½ x small courgette, sliced into VERY thin rounds
  • 3 x pancetta rashers
  • 1 x pinch of chilli flakes, or you can use fresh red chilli

Shredded Brussels SproutsSliced Courgette

Method

  1. Pre-heat your oven to the temp stated on the garlic base packet
  2. Place your garlic bread onto a baking tray or pizza tray
  3. Mix the Boursin and brussels sprouts in a microwavable bowl, and heat on full power for 30 seconds, just to soften the cheese
  4. Spread the cheesy sprout mixture evenly onto the garlic bread
    Pizza Bianco
  5. Add the courgette slices in an even layer over the sauce
    Pizza Bianco
  6. Cut the pancetta into 1-inch pieces and top these over the courgettes
  7. Sprinkle your chilli lightly over all the other ingredients
  8. Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes, until the bread is piping hot all the way through and the pancetta and courgette have started to sizzle and crisped around the edges
  9. Take it out the oven and cut the garlic bread into 6 pieces
  10. Eat the hell out of that bad boy!

Pizza Bianco

Let’s get posh – this wine goes exceptionally well with a crisp white wine like a Riesling. If you’re feeling flush, treat yourself to a Sancerre!

What’s your favourite pizza? Have you tried making cauliflower crust?
xoxo

Saturday Summary: Oops I did it again…

I forgot my Friday Round-Up again! So in penance, I’ve created the Saturday Summary category, for those times I miss the fr-u but hopefully it won’t be too regularly!

So here goes…

Whilst my exercise has been on point this past week, my eating has been more 60/40 than 80/20 in terms of balance vs excess.
I’m talking a plethora of vegetable crisps (not so healthy, who knew?), chocolate chip shortbread and M&S millionaires bites.

My tea tonight was a delicious spiralized courgette, shredded Brussels sprouts and fusilli lungho with chilli flakes, roule and topped with crispy parma ham – OMG Sublime!
If I remember, I’ll post a recipe soon!

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You’re lucky you got this picture, I’d already dug in!

Accompanied by a fantastically crisp sancerre from M&S in a HUGE wine glass!

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Not pictured – sone sweet butterkist popcorn and galaxy minstrels.

I bought new trainers for Zumba and they’re really comfortable and stylish. The adidas supercloud.

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Sending big love to everyone xoxo

New Spiralizer

I decided to bite the bullet and purchase a spiralizer instead of using my trusty julienne peeler for my 2016 spiralizer recipes.

I knew that I didn’t want to spend loads and the product had to be light and easy to pack away when it isn’t in use.

In the end I opted for a spiralizer from Lakeland at £14.99. The product arrived a couple if days after I placed the online order and so far I’ve got mixed feelings, maybe I should have gone for the official inspiralizer?!?

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You can do all the usual foods (courgette, sweet potato, apple etc.) and my first recipe was courgette spaghetti, using a similar recipe to my standard courgette spaghetti recipe.

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My main issue with the machine I bought is that the size needs to be a certain width in order to reach the slicer, and I’m not sure if some vegetables will be thick enough, only experimentation will tell!

I’m gong to try carrot and see if the size will be a problem, I’ll keep you posted!
Xoxo

Too much of a good thing…

Too much of a good thing can be wonderful – Mae West

Oh Mae, you made a lot of sense, but too much of a good thing on this occasion (over-eating) has left me feeling bloated, sluggish and with a poor body image.

It’s no secret that I love roule cheese (Boursin or Tesco) and have discovered that asparagus and courgette wrapped in roule covered pancetta is possibly the most delicious thing on the planet! So I’ve eaten a lot of it, and a lot of everything else too!

(Last night’s dinner was asparagus and broccoli tips wrapped in boursin and pancetta, small jacket potato with applewood smoked cheddar and a crusty roll with alioli)

tea marks and spencer alioli asparagus boursin pancetta

Combine that with not working out as much as I would have liked to, drinking less water and more wine over the weekend, and I’m not feeling great today.

So I’ve written a shopping list, made sure it’s full of whole foods with limited refined sugar and carbs, high in lean protein (there’s no cheese in sight:-() and still full of flavour so I won’t get bored or in the ‘diet’ mindset.

I think I need a new exercise challenge as well, so I’m going to have a look for some local 10kms that I can aim to beat my fresh PB.

Cheers to ANOTHER fresh start!
xoxo

Good for the soul, not for the waistband!

Food for the body is not enough, there must be food for the soul. – Dorothy Day

Happy Monday everyone! Today I’ve got some foody photos to share with you, apologies about the picture quality, they were all taken on my phone with shaky hands! I also want to talk about food for the soul. Those go-to comfort food dishes that you choose when you need nourishing. For me, that’s pasta cooked in salty water, with peas and cheese, lots of CHEESE!

And that’s exactly what I cooked last night.

comfort food pasta cheese peas

Macaroni pasta cooked in Knorr chicken stock concentrate (I didn’t have any cooking salt in the house), frozen Birds Eye peas, a knob of Tesco garlic roule and some Ichester applewood smoked cheddar. This definitely won’t have helped my clothes fit any better (hello, water retention!) but as I was cooking it, and then eating it, a sense of peace and contentment washed over me.

Comfot food pasta cheese peas

So what else I have been eating lately?

Spicy pulled pork with asparagus, roast peppers and roast courgettes!

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Another amazing Fahita bowl, with char-grilled peppers and corn!

fahita bowl

Let me tell you about this amazing food! When we were in Majorca last year, we went to a tapas restaurant where I had Medjool dates wrapped in bacon. I’ve tried this a couple of times at home and always love it! So on Saturday night, I had 4 MASSIVE Medjool dates and wrapped them in pancetta. To accompany the dates, I sliced some courgettes, spread some roule cheese on them and then wrapped them in pancetta too! To cook them, I just place them in the oven at about 160 Celsius for around 20 minutes, or until the pancetta is crispy and the courgettes are wilting.

This feast was to. die. for.

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And some Cadbury Hero chocolates, because, chocolate!

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So this definitely wasn’t healthy food, but I enjoyed eating it immensely and never let myself really pig out over the weekend, even though I went to a party with tables full of delicious homemade cake!

What’s your favourite comfort food?
xoxo