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Quick Courgetti Chilli Pomodoro

Things change when you have little ones in the house, I find myself eating a kiddy portion of food at 5.30 pm to encourage her to eat at the table and of course to make sure she eats well.
Most evenings I will eat later in the evening with Mr ND, but last night I didn’t feel like it but by 9.00 pm I was ravenous!

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I made this very quick and rich Tomato sauce with Courgetti from ingredients to hand in around 25 minutes. it was surprisingly light but also filling.  I used 2 garlic cloves because I love garlic, it always enhances a tomato based sauce and has amazing medicinal qualities, anti-viral and antibiotic.  I like to use red onions which are more nutrient dense than the white version.

spiraliser

Courgetti is simply a Courgette (Zucchini) made into spaghetti to replace the pasta element in a dish using a Spiraliser.  I found mine here and have used it constantly since I bought it a few months ago, it’s great fun for children too to spiralise a carrot and such like to eat raw.

Quick Chilli Pomodoro Sauce

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Serves 1 generously for a main meal or 2 entrees

Can be frozen.

Ingredients

1 medium red onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
6 cherry tomatoes, quartered
or 3 large plum tomatoes more finely chopped
around 125ml Passata
1 tablespoon tomato puree
pinch or 2 of Chilli Flakes
dash of red wine (optional)
sprinkling of Oregano and Basil
Black Pepper

1 medium Courgette (Zucchini) spiralised or grated

Method

Fry the red onion for a 2-3 minutes, then add the garlic for another couple of minutes.

Add the tomatoes, Passata and tomato purée and cook on a fairly high heat (without letting it catch).  Splosh in a dash of red wine if using and Oregano, Basil and Black Pepper to your taste and continue to cook, simmering for around 10 minutes until the tomatoes are broken down (around 10 minutes).

No blending of the sauce required, I always leave the skins on the tomatoes and seeds in.  I found an interesting article here that said “Each part – skin, fruit wall, pith and that jelly-like stuff around the seeds – plays a different part in producing that tomato flavour.  By removing the skin and seed pulp you get a drier, more refined tomato sauce and you alter the sweet/acid balance of the flavour. Personally, I don’t mind a bit of skin in a sauce” I agree!

Courgetti – I prefer not to eat my mine completely raw, I boiled some water and laid the Courgetti in the boiled water for a couple of minutes or so whilst the Tomato sauce was cooking.  Drain the Courgetti and serve the tomato sauce on top, finish with a dusting of grated parmesan if you like.

This simple, easy to put together, chunky, rich tomato sauce has a high antioxidant content, including a rich concentration of lycopene found in tomatoes.  When tomatoes are eaten with healthier fats, like olive oil, it increases the absorption of phyto-nutrients.

courgetti Collage

No bells or whistles, just nutritious and delicious!

Health Info:

Courgettes – Good source of vitamin A, B1, B3, Phosphorus and Copper.  Very good source of Dietary Fibre, Vitamins B2, B6, C, K, Folic Acid, Magnesium, Potassium and Manganese.

 

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Warming Paprika Chicken

This is a very easy mid week meal to put together, the Paprika and the Cayenne Pepper (which you can ramp up or down depending on your love of heat!) give the dish that lovely warming feeling, perfect for the damp, chilly weather.  Serve with plenty of crusty bread to mop up those saucy flavours!

Warming Paprika Chicken

Prep Time:  20 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour
Serves 3-4

Chicken Paprika Collage

Ingredients

6 medium sized chicken thighs
1 tablespoon Paprika
2 medium sized white onions, sliced
1 tablespoon plain flour
Cayenne Pepper (I used around ½ tsp)
400g tin of chopped tomatoes
200ml Chicken stock (I used Maggi Stock Pot)
1 large red pepper, deseeded and cut into strips
sea salt and ground black pepper

To finish:
100ml soured cream (or to your taste)

Method

Fry the chicken thighs in olive oil until golden brown, transfer to a plate and then gently fry the onions in the same oil in the pan until softened.  

Add the flour, Paprika and Cayenne Pepper and cook out until the oil and juices have been absorbed.  Add the chopped tomatoes and chicken stock and bring up to a simmer.  Season with sea salt and black pepper.

Place the chicken thighs into a casserole pan/dish and cover with the tomato, onion, spice mix.  Put the lid on and bake for around 30 minutes.

Add the chopped red pepper at this stage and bake for another 30 minutes.

To finish add the soured cream and lightly stir in.  

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 I have to say it’s not the prettiest dish to photograph but it really does taste delicious! 

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