Thursday, 2 October 2014

Courgetti - taking the 5:2 world by storm

Courgetti - or coodles, as The Londoner calls them - is taking the world by storm. Or, probably more accurately, it's impressing anyone on the 5:2 diet as a tasty alternative to pasta that has very few calories. It's a winner. 

(Admittedly, that might not be the case if you don't like courgette. But then, who doesn't like courgette?)

Today was a fast day, and I had 300 calories to play with for dinner. This ended up not even being close - a mere 205 calories. Now, you can't complain at that. 

To recreate it, you'll need (for one person):

1 courgette (40 cals)
1 small onion (6 cals)
1 slice bacon (65 cals)
1 garlic clove (4 cals)
1 tsp olive oil (40 cals)
1/2 can tinned tomatoes (50 cals)

Start by frying your onion and garlic in the olive oil. When translucent, add the bacon and fry for a couple of minutes to colour.

Add the tinned tomatoes and season. Bring to a simmer.

While the tomato sauce is cooking, prepare your 'courgetti'. For this, simply wash your courgette and then use a julienne peeler or spiralizer to create the ribbons. I use this one for the job. You'll be left with a whole heap of courgetti:

When the tomato sauce is cooked, add the courgette and heat through. Don't be tempted to over cook it - it won't take long, especially if you're like me and like it to have some bite (or be al' dente if it was pasta). 

Absolutely delicious, and a real fast day winner. On a non-fast day, I might add pesto and cheese. Yum. Either way, it's so good it definitely won't be restricted to fast days. Try it!

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