One of the most used things in my kitchen is a vegetable sharpener.

I mean you could call it a spiralizer but to me it looks like a pencil sharpener. But, you use it on courgette/carrot/sweet-potato, not crayons.

Recently I bought a meat hamper from Campbell’s. It was stuffed with sausages, black pudding, haggis and bacon. Due to buying it through Wowcher it cost me only £10. I told myself I would revert from my tried and tested bangers n’ mash and make something different. This is my Tomatoey Courgette Spaghetti and Vegetable Medley.

Tomato and Herby Sausage Courgetti Spaghetti

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Serves 4 hangry people 

400g of sausages (I used Campbell’s haggis sausages but a good herby sausage will do.)

A couple of spritzs of low Cal cooking spray

400g of Chestnut mushrooms cut into slices

1 tbsp of Paprika

2 Birdseye chilies chopped finely (adjust to your taste.)

Salt and Pepper 

600g of courgette

280g of sweetcorn

700g of chopped tomatoes (with basil/garlic/chilli.)

Step One

Take the sausages out of their casings and roughly chop. Fry in a small pan with the low Cal cooking spray till browned. Add the mushrooms and cover the pan with a lid to create moisture. Cook for a minute. Add the paprika, chillies, and a sprinkle of salt and cracked black pepper. (Lots of it.) Cook for another minute.

 

Step Two

Spiralise the courgettes. Just pop them in the end and then twist until you get pasta like ribbons. If you don’t have a spiralizer, use a potato peeler (works just as well.) Set aside ready for cooking.

Step Three

 

Add the sweetcorn to the pan and cook for a minute then tip in the chopped tomatoes and heat until bubbly hot. Then add the courgette spirals and toss in the mixture. Cook for a two minutes. You don’t want them to go too soft but you don’t want them crunchy.

Step Four

Take off the heat and pile high in gorgeous bowls.

Tomato and Herby Sausage Courgetti Spaghetti

Tomato and Herby Sausage Courgetti Spaghetti

Numbers if you’re bothered!

This works out to around 500 cals a portion (depending on the sausages. But this is the perfect dinner that’s filling but not full of carbohydrates. Using the courgette instead of pasta allows you eat a lot more (which is always good non?)

Recommended Reading

I recommend reading Angela Carter’s book of dark fairy-tales. I saw a gorgeous copy featured on Katy’s blog and it reminded me it’s been forever since I dived into that rollercoaster of a book! PERFECT MATCH. 

I love a good carbonara.

But since my weight-loss mission it’s been off the table. It’s not that I restrict foods, it’s just I want to find ways to make them healthier. I’ve been using courgette to create healthier recipes and it took a while to perfect but I think I got it spot on.

With all my recipes I try to then out multiple times. This took around three goes because courgettes let out a lot of water. Due to my idleness I try to cut out as many steps as possible and I didn’t want to have to drain the courgettes. So, this is the easiest way I’ve found to make this scrummy Cheats Courgetti Spaghetti Carbonara.

Cheats Courgetti Spaghetti Carbonara

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Serves two hangry people

2 egg yolks

200g of chestnut mushrooms

1 clove of garlic (crushed.)

200g of bacon (I’m using Campbell’s from their breakfast box.)

400g of courgette (spiralized into strips)

25g of low fat cream cheese (to add creaminess.)

Step One

Cut up the mushrooms and bacon into similar sized pieces. Pop into a large frying pan and heat over a medium heat until golden.  Stir in the garlic and fry for another minute. Add courgettes and fry for 5 minutes until softened.

Step Two

In a cup whisk the egg yolks and add a little water. Season well now. Stir the mixture through the courgette  and cook for a minute. Just before it’s ready stir through the cream cheese for extra creaminess.

Step Three

Serve immediately. If you have you can sprinkle with parmesan and herbs for extra pzazz.

Numbers (if you’re bothered.)

This works out to about 350 calories if you add everything in (bar the parmesan.) It’s also really good if you’re trying to cut out refined carbs or attempting a low cal diet.

Recommended Reading

This is quite a light but filling dish and I think it deserves a book that’s the same. I think I’ll suggest The Post Office by Charles Bukowski. It’s the perfect mix of humour, self-hatred, and reckless living. The writing is deep and filling but Henry is a very shallow character. He barely gives a crap but lives life to the full. Perfect.

Cheats Courgetti Spaghetti Carbonara

Cheats Courgetti Spaghetti Carbonara