Butternut Spaghetti with Bacon and Herbs

I am, like most people, a little obsessed with spiralised veggies at the moment.  I guess it is the fact that, by simply changing the shape of a veggie, it makes it a little more versatile and ‘fun’ to work (and play) with 🙂  And who doesn’t like pasta-shaped stuff!  😉

This is a super quick meal – honestly, it took about 10 minutes to prepare!

175g lean bacon (I used Eskort Weigh-Less Smoked bacon), cut into strips

5ml lemon infused olive oil (or plain olive oil with a dash of lemon juice if you don’t have infused olive oil)

200g Butternut Spaghetti (super excited about this new product from Woolies!  But again, if you can’t get hold of it, make your own spiralised veggies.  Spiralisers are widely available, I got a very cool one from Clicks, for R99.  You can even use coarsely grated butternut)

20g chinese style noodles (we often make trips to Cyrildene, Johannesburg’s China Town.  Very affordable produce and a very exotic and interesting range of products available.  It is a treat!  If you feel nervous to venture out on your own, join the Chef Ishvara’s group on Facebook – it is called “African Secrets – cultural walks in the inner city of Joburg” and he offers insightful and very interesting tours to the various cultural hotspots in Johannesburg. A true treat!  Look out for his Cyrildene and Fordsburg tours)  Okay, and after all that – you can use angelhair pasta as well!  LOL!

Robertsons Masterblends – Garlic and Rosemary seasoning

Salt and Pepper to taste

Fresh basil to serve

Fry bacon strips in pan coated with non-stick spray – add a few mls of boiling water to prevent from sticking – it will take about 4 minutes.  In the meantime, place the butternut spaghetti in the microwave (can just microwave it in the bag or with a little bit of water) for 2 minutes.  Also cook the pasta in boiling water – the pasta is very thin, so it takes only 5 minutes to cook.  Add a generous sprinkling of Garlic and Rosemary seasoning to the bacon strips.  Stir in drained pasta and butternut strips and season with salt, pepper and infused olive oil.  Fry at high heat for 1 minute (we don’t want the butternut and pasta to get soggy and overcooked)

Serve with fresh basil

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Voila!  10 minute meal!  And it is yummy!

PS:  You can make this a vegetarian option by replacing the bacon with feta.  Cook butternut and pasta as above, mix together, season and serve with basil 🙂

2 Prot, 1 Fat, 2 Veg, 1 CC

Warm Potato and Bacon Salad

Warm Potato and Bacon Salad

Serves 2, per person 2CC, 1 Veg, 1 Fat, 1 Prot

400g sliced baby potatoes, cooked

100g blanched green beans

100g onion, sliced

200g WL/lean bacon, sliced in strips

5ml olive oil

45ml WL reduced oil dressing, mixed with 100ml plain yogurt

Salt and Black pepper

 

Fry onion in olive oil until soft (add a few drops of water if needed), add bacon and green beans and fry for a few minutes until bacon is cooked. Stir in baby potatoes and mix well. Season with salt and a generous twist of black pepper. Serve warm and drizzle with dressing (can be left out).

Mexican Casserole

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5ml olive oil

20g red onion, chopped

75g WL bacon, cut into strips

80g red pepper, chopped

200g corn kernels

100g WL pasta sauce

1/4 teaspoon Woolies Chicken Fajita spice (or a sprinkle of cumin, smoked paprika and cayenne pepper)

Chillies and garlic to taste

Salt and Pepper to Taste

Fresh coriander to serve

Fry onions in olive oil, add red pepper and bacon and fry for a few minutes.  Add spices, chillies and garlic.  Stir in corn kernels and fry for 2 minutes.  Stir in pasta sauce and transfer to oven proof dish and bake in oven for 20 minutes for 180C.

Serve with fresh coriander (was too hungry, forgot to add!  LOL!)

For vegetarian option.  Omit bacon and use low fat cheese to sprinkle over before baking in the oven.

 

WL serves 1

1 Protein, 2 CC, 3 Veg, 1 Fat