Spaghetti Bolognese with Butternut Noodles

As you may know, I’m on a little bit of a(n unsuccessful) health kick. I’ve been exercising more and trying to eat better so that I can actually feel more confident when I look in the mirror.

 
After a month of no wine (plenty of gin and tonics, though), less chocolate and sugary snacks and many Weight Watchers ready meals, I’m feeling a tiny bit healthier. But I want to make a change to the meals I cook too. I LOVE carbs so cutting down on pasta and potatoes is proving to be a struggle.

 
As I was browsing my local M&S salad and veg section for some health kick inspiration, I caught my eyes on the butternut noodles.ย I’ve always like the idea of spiralised veg as a dupe for spaghetti ever since it became a craze but have never gave it a go until tonight.

 

I thought I’d keep it simple and do my take on a spaghetti bolognese.

I used:

  • 400g lean mince
  • Red, green and yellow peppers, half of each
  • 4 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4 mushrooms, chopped
  • 400g passata
  • Teaspoon of Lazy Chilli flakes
  • Teaspoon of Lazy Garlic
  • 2 veg Oxo cubes
  • 1 beef Oxo cube
  • Sprinkle of Moroccan spice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 packs of butternut noodles
  • Grated cheese, to top

 

Once the mince has browned with the garlic and chilli (if you are a lazy chef like me, I seriously suggest you check out the Lazy range! It’s available at most supermarkets!), I throw in the veg and crumble one of the veg oxo cubes. After I’ve given that a stir, I add in the passata. I mix in the other veg oxo cube and the beef oxo cube in a mug with some boiled water – just as if it were a cup of tea – and throw that in the pan after about 3-5 minutes and let it boil down a little. I then add the pasta to the sauce when it’s done and top with a bit of grated cheese (I refuse to give up the cheese).

 
This was the first time I had swapped pasta for a veg substitute and, I must say, it was fairly successful. Though the slight crunch at first was a bit strange, I sharply got used to it and enjoyed my meal.

 
The butternut noodles were tasty and tricked me into thinking I was getting those naughty carbs when I wasnt! I think the trick is what you eat with these noodles, as I don’t think it would’ve tasted as well if they had been paired with a sauce without a tomato base.

 
Think the courgette spaghetti is the next one on my list to try! Who knows, I might even invest in my own veggie spaghetti maker.ย If you have any tasty recipes I can pair with veg spaghetti, let me know! ๐Ÿ™‚

‘Rustic’ Cheese Scones

After a morning of doing HIIT via a YouTube instructor – I literally couldn’t be bothered with the gym today – I felt like today was a day to do a spot of baking.

I just wanted to do something small which required minimal effort so what better than cheese scones!

Scouring an abundance of websites for a recipe that was straight forward and didn’t add extras such as a ‘fine English mustard’ or some kind of smoked meat, I opted for a simple BBC recipe (link at the end of post)

They’re quite delicious, but not that cheesy. I may have needed to use a stronger cheese to be fair, or maybe just add more to the recipe as I thought it seemed a low quantity. 

I must admit I didn’t follow the recipe exactly to factor in the issue of being unable to find the cheese grater so I ended up finely chopping the cheese – I prefer to say I used a ‘rustic’ method, just to make it sound better. Also, I decided to cut the scones into triangles with a knife rather than use the round cutter as suggested.. Rustic.

Next time I make these I’m definitely going to make them a bit more cheesy but as I said before, they are still delicious.
Hope everyone has had a happy Tuesday x

(Cheese scone recipe: www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/cheesescones_1287)

Hurry Up, Little Miss King!

Yesterday was my cousin’s girlfriend’s baby shower – it’s a mouthful, I know. I got to spend my afternoon gushing over the next Miss King to entire the family while surrounded by adorable baby clothes and playing ‘baby bingo’.

The baby shower took place at her mum’s house (or mam, if you’re from the north east) so the dress code was just casual. I just ended up wearing a plain black top tucked into some jeans but I dressed it up a little with some rose gold jewellery.

And of course I had to throw on my pink coat to match the baby girl theme – also, excuse my horrifically dirty mirror and whatever face it is that I’m making.

After seeing all those cute pink clothes and fluffy blankets, I can’t wait to meet the next little Miss King!

Me and the mammy to be, Laura. 

Hello 2017ย 

IT’S THE NEW YEAR…. And I’m about a week late posting about it thanks to welcoming 2017 with a week of flu.
In 2016 I decided to leave university after my first year having realised it wasn’t quite for me, I fell in love, bagged myself a sales job at British fashion label, Crew Clothing Company and visited New York City. So, as years go, my 2016 wasn’t a disaster but I’m determined to make 2017 a better year.

This year, I’m laying out five goals to achieve:

  • Finally learn to drive (or at least start my lessons)
  • Get fit and lose weight – clichรฉ, I know, but it is about time I put that gym membership to good use
  • Travel more
  • Remember to actually blog the things I do with my life – even if it is something as simple as baking brownies
  • Develop and define my style

Cheers to 2017!! x