Healthy eating meals that the whole family can enjoy are not a fantasy and you can improve their health as well as your own (and help your pregnancy weight loss) by making just a few small changes.
A family favourite in many peoples’ house is spaghetti bolognaise and traditionally most people use beef mince to make this dish.
Beef mince can be high in saturated fat and if you buy the cheaper kind of beef mince versus the more expensive lean 5 start versions then the saturated fat content can be quite high – and although we are not saying to ban saturated fat many health professional’s opinions is that we should watch our intake – plus it is not great for weight loss.
But by swapping the beef mince to a turkey or chicken mince you can significantly reduce the fat content and automatically lighten the calorie load on the meal. Or using a lean beef mince is great too.
Then if you add in lots of veggies you have straight away got a much healthier and nutrient packed dinner.
Make it even better by swapping from white processed spaghetti or pasta to a wholemeal pasta – or my particular favourite soba noodles.
Soba noodles are found in the Asian food aisle of the supermarket and taste just like spaghetti, are high in fibre and vitamins and only take 6-7 mins to cook! See our recipe below for a healthy version of spag bol and give it a go with your family.
- 2/3 of a pack of soba noodles or use wholemeal spaghetti
- 1 x chopped red onion
- 4 x cloves of crushed garlic
- 1 500g pack of turkey or chicken mince
- 1 x bunch of coriander – chopped up
- 1 x red/orange/yellow/green capsicum
- 2 x large handfuls of green beans
- You can also add in more veggies or swap the above ones with whatever you have in the fridge
- 1 x jar of tomato/pasta sauce – or make your own using 2 x tinned tomatoes, 2 x tbsp. of tomato paste, salt, pepper, 1 x garlic clove and some basil.
- Small handful of shaved parmesan
Put the water onto boil and when boiling add in your soba noodles to cook. Then in a large pan cook lightly cook the onion, garlic and chicken mince then add in the tomato sauce and other chopped veggies. Simmer for 5-10 minutes.
Add in the coriander right at the end (we used coriander as an alternative to basil and it was delicious). Then dish up and sprinkle over some shaved parmesan when you serve.
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