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

Porridge. Not something I thought would feature on the blog. It just turns out; it’s so damn adaptable. The recipe today was one I created when I needed a sugar fix. I don’t have a particularly sweet tooth. But, mornings can be tough and I needed chocolate.

Porridge is a bit of a super food for me. It contains an array of vitamins such as Iron and Vitamin B. It’s also (relatively) high in protein and having it with milk means C A L C I U M. Bones are important.

My delicious recipe for Chocolate Porridge

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40g porridge oats

150(ish) mls milk or water

22g Options Hot Chocolate Sachet (Use any you’ve got rolling around in the cupboard.)

Spoonful of Jam for topping 

Step One

Pop the chocolate powder into the milk and stir well. It might be a little lumpy but stir as well as you can. Pop the porridge, oats and milk in the pan and put on a low heat. Stir regularly until it reaches the desired thickness. I like it quite thick.

Step Two

Spoon into a bowl and top with the fruit of your choosing. Oh and a sprinkle of chocolate. I like raspberries for a bit of contrast but anything will work. You could toast apple in the oven until caramalised and sprinkle with cinnamon. Or, orange segments lightly cooked. Terry’s chocolate orange feel.

Step Three

Quick note – you could make this with any type of milk. I’m using semi-skimmed because we have that in the fridge. But almond works really well. I would however suggest a type of milk over water. It makes it a little more creamy. Annnd I like a big bowl of porridge because I’m always hungry. You can cut down the oats/milk depending on belly size.

My delicious recipe for Chocolate Porridge

Numbers (if you’re bothered.)

This breakfast is around 350 cals which is a really good portion for breakfast. I find this keeps me going a good four hours. I’m trying to cut down snacking so the G I A N T bowl really helps.

Recommended Reading

I recommend the book Micro-serfs by Douglas Coupland. I like the idea that computer geek-heads still take care of their diets. Bit of cheeky chocolate porridge is probably good for the ole brain cells too. Take note.