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Vegetable Spaghetti Bolognaise)

People have this week been asking if I am a vegetarian. The answer is No. However if I lived on my own I probably would be. I’m one of those people who apparently “looks like a vegetarian”. Nope, I’ve no idea what that means either, but I get told it. I’m going to assume it means I look healthy. Once, even in a supermarket at a tasting session they refused to give me the meat option as they assumed I was vegetarian. 

What we do eat at home is less meat and more plant based meals. Why? 

Firstly because I love vegetarian food and although I do eat meat I’m just not a huge fan on it on a nightly basis.

Secondly because it is healthy to eat more plant based protein and foods. We don’t have a limited supply of meat in our world and there are such a range of options that taste yummy so let’s be creative. 

Thirdly because we like to buy free range meat, which is tastier, appeases my ethics, but more expensive. Lentils are cheaper!

So this week I accidently came up with this smasher of a recipe. Miss K asked for pasta for tea and the J boy agreed saying “past mumma”. Who can refuse the cuteness? We had been away so the veggie rack was a bit bare – carrots and a pepper, onions and garlic, but the garden had a huge courgette. The rest is history. 

I was hoping for leftovers as I made loads but the family ate the leftovers on it’s own without pasta. A good sign.

Dietitian UK: Vegetable Spaghetti  Bolognaise

Vegetable Spaghetti Bolognaise
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376 calories
55 g
0 g
16 g
11 g
2 g
1002 g
156 g
31 g
0 g
12 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1002g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 376
Calories from Fat 142
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g
25%
Saturated Fat 2g
12%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 156mg
6%
Total Carbohydrates 55g
18%
Dietary Fiber 15g
60%
Sugars 31g
Protein 11g
Vitamin A
623%
Vitamin C
520%
Calcium
17%
Iron
23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 tbsp olive oil or chilli oil
  2. 1 medium onion diced
  3. 2 cloves garlic crushed
  4. 2 large carrots peeled and grated
  5. 1 large courgette grated
  6. 1 red pepper chopped
  7. 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  8. 100ml water
  9. 1 small chilli, chopped
  10. 1 tbsp tomato puree
  11. 1 tsp paprika
  12. Chives or mixed herbs
Instructions
  1. Sweat the onion and garlic in the oil.
  2. Then add the grated veggies and cook for a few minutes.
  3. Add the pepper and chopped tomatoes and water. Bring to a simmer.
  4. Now pop in the chilli, tomato puree, paprika and herbs.
  5. Simmer for 20-30 minutes until thick and saucy.
  6. Serve with spaghetti and parmesan.
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calories
376
fat
16g
protein
11g
carbs
55g
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Dietitian UK https://www.dietitianuk.co.uk/

Bacon and Kale Pasta

It’s a new year and I’m trying out new meals. This is one recipe idea I’ve had scribbled down in my ideas book for ages, but I’ve not had the guts to try it out on the family. Now my lot are good at trying new things and generally I’m pretty lucky as they eat most things. But I wasn’t convinced that they would see this as a hit. Pasta, yes, bacon, yes… but kale and red cabbage too? I went for it as we had all the right ingredients just waiting to be used up.

However I was very pleased I went with it. It was an all round hit. Everyone had seconds. Maybe I should grow kale this year. 

Dietitian UK: Bacon and Kale Pasta 

Miss K:  “Mummy I love it, love it”.

Toddler boy: banging his bowl asking for more – admittedly he wanted the pasta more than the kale.

This is a fresh tasting, zingy pasta dish, with crunch from the kale and a hit of saltiness from the bacon and the cheese. 

Bacon and Kale Pasta
Serves 4
A fresh, zingy, crunchy pasta dish packed full of antioxidants and vitamins K, A and C.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
390 calories
66 g
13 g
8 g
17 g
2 g
286 g
347 g
7 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
286g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 390
Calories from Fat 68
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
12%
Saturated Fat 2g
10%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 13mg
4%
Sodium 347mg
14%
Total Carbohydrates 66g
22%
Dietary Fiber 6g
26%
Sugars 7g
Protein 17g
Vitamin A
250%
Vitamin C
271%
Calcium
17%
Iron
18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 tsp rapeseed oil
  2. 6 rashers of back bacon
  3. 1 onion diced
  4. 300g mixed kale and red cabbage chopped
  5. 1 garlic clove crushed
  6. 1 tsp dried rosemary
  7. 1 chilli finely chopped (optional) we added this after to the adults dishes
  8. 1 lemon, juiced
  9. 250g pasta (gluten free if required)
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a pan, add the chopped bacon and cook for a few minutes along with the onion.
  2. Now turn down the heat and add the kale, along with a splash of water if needed.
  3. Cook gently for 10 minutes, meanwhile cook the pasta.
  4. Add the garlic, rosemary and optional chilli to the kale.
  5. Strain the cooked pasta, adding a spoon of the water to the kale.
  6. Mix the pasta into the kale and add the lemon juice.
  7. Serve topped with grated hard cheese.
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calories
390
fat
8g
protein
17g
carbs
66g
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Dietitian UK https://www.dietitianuk.co.uk/