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Tuesday 19 January 2016

Porcini and green lentil Bolognese with courgetti

Now, I enjoy eating meat, but I know there are readers who do not. In fact a friend of mine makes it a rule to go 'meatless' one evening each week! We each have to choose our eating choices, habits etc and which recipes we include in our meal plans.

This blog does offer a wide variety of recipe ideas, for your consideration, and by doing this it should be pointed out that not all may be suitable for YOU. If you may have any food likes / dislikes, allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account.

If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter ...  

Now, having said that, 'folks' say this is a very tasty dish, and I hope you may give it a try soon!

It's a veggie Bolognese and has heaps of flavour from the porcini mushrooms – it works out at 5.8grams of carbohydrate per serving. So if you are living the LCHF lifestyle this could fit nicely into your meal plans! What do you think ...

Serves Four
2 medium courgettes
40 g porcini mushrooms
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 leek, finely sliced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 x 400g tin chopped plum tomatoes
1 tbsp reduced salt soy sauce
1 tsp dried thyme
250 g chestnut mushrooms, chopped
250 g cooked green lentils, drained and rinsed
A big handful of parsley leaves, chopped

1. Make the courgetti with the courgettes. You can do this with a spiraliser or a vegetable peeler to make long ribbons, then roll up and slice cross-sectionally. Set aside.
2. Soak the porcini mushrooms in just enough hot water to cover, until soft. Drain and chop, but reserve the soaking liquid.
3. Heat olive oil in a non-stick pan over a medium heat and saute the onions and leek for around 6-8 minutes or until soft. Add the garlic, tinned tomatoes, soy sauce, thyme, chestnut mushrooms and porcini mushrooms and mix through.
4. Add the lentils and cook on a medium-to-low heat for the next 15-20 minutes, adding splashes of porcini liqueur. The mixture should be softened and should thicken over time, without being watery. When ready, stir through the parsley and spoon over the courgetti. 

Tip: If you prefer, blanch the courgetti in boiling water for 1-2 minutes to soften slightly.

See original recipe idea here

All the best Jan


Jo said...

I must admit that it's rare we have an evening meal without meat. I could quite happily go without meat on some occasions but Mick's a meat lover and would ask where the rest of his dinner was if there was no meat on his plate.

Lowcarb team member said...

Hi Jo ... thanks for your comment. I think there are many who would whole-heartily agree with Mick.
Although it is sometimes nice to ring the changes ...

Hope your week is going well

All the best Jan

Anonymous said...

Before we had the children we did occasionally eat more vegetarian. But now I always include meat, fish or poultry with vegetables. It does look a very nice recipe though.



Lowcarb team member said...

Hi Jane ... thanks for your comment.
Glad you liked the look of this recipe - it's always good to share different ideas and suggestions. I think it is good to encourage children to eat a wide variety of whole fresh foods, and we certainly encourage that. Of course when you have children in the family it really is you, as the parent, who is making the food choices and encouraging children to eat healthily.

Hope your week is going well,

All the best Jan

Rue said...

Hi Jan :)

I like to skip meat a few times a week, but I'm definitely not a vegetarian. It's just easier, in a way, when I'm cooking for only one those times. This looks good! Thank you :)

I hope you're enjoying the New Year so far.


Lowcarb team member said...

Hi Rue ... thanks for your comment.
Yes, this is tasty dish, hope you may try it soon.

My New Year has started well, thank you ... although it's quite chilly at the moment!
Enjoy the week of your week

All the best Jan