If you have been following along with my most recent posts Sick of being sick: My journey with anxiety and Sick of being sick: My journey with anxiety part II then you will know that I have been struggling a lot with anxiety and I bet right now you are thinking “what the hell does zucchini have anything to do with anxiety?” Well, I’ll tell you. Healthy body = healthy mind. So, today I decided to start eating healthy and getting my life on track and on a better path to a healthy life. Tonight, Gilly’s mum and I cooked together, and for those who know me, I can’t cook at all so this was a very fun and new experience for me. And, what we cooked was zucchini noodles with Bolognese and olives and it was super yummy so I want to share our recipe with you.
Serves: 2-3 people
Cooking time: About 30 minutes
1/2 to 1 Zucchini
1 kg Mince meat
1 jar Bolognese (we used the Italian herbs)
1 cup Olives
Step 1: Grab a pot and drizzle some olive oil into it. Put it on high heat and wait for a minute before putting the mince meat into the pan. Break up the mince into small pieces and stir intermittently for about 10 minutes. Next, fill a deep pan with water, only to about the halfway mark and add a pinch of salt. Let it sit to boil on high heat.
Step 2: While you are intermittently stirring the mince, use the thickest blade on a spiraliser to spiralize the zucchini. This can be done prior to starting the mince. Your zucchini should look a little like this.
Step 3: Once you have spiralized the zucchini, put it to the side. Keep stirring the mince until most of it is brown, making sure to turn over the pieces as you go. Turn down the pot to medium heat. Once the mince is mostly brown, pour the full jar of Bolognese over the mince and continue to stir. Add a pinch of salt and cover the pot to cook for about 5 to 10 minutes. Tip: to get more out of the jar of Bolognese, fill the jar with a little water and then shake the jar before pouring the contents into the mince pot.
Step 4: Once the pan is brought to a boil, put the zucchini in it to cook. Be careful not to overcook the zucchini as this is more to heat it up rather than fully cook it. Cook for about 5 minutes.
Step 5: Turn down both the pan and pot to a low temperature, add the olives to the mince pot, stir until mixed evenly and cover. After 5 minutes or so, drain the zucchini and then place back on the cooker for 3-5 more minutes.
Step 6: You are now ready to serve. Tip: When dishing up, fill the bowl about halfway with zucchini and then add the mince on top before mixing together.
Do you have a similar recipe or have you tried this one? Show me in the comments!