Wednesday, August 10, 2016

VEGETARIAN SPAGHETTI MINCE RECIPE

Dear gorgeous person, you!

You may have watched my video on youtube where I showed you how I put this amazing meal together. I promised I would leave you a step by step guidance of exactly what and how much of the ingredients I used, so here it is...


INGREDIENTS

Any white spaghetti (I used a Sainsbury's store brand)
Quorn meat-free mince
Tomato puree
Chopped tomatoes (fresh or in a pack)
Spring onions - chopped
Red peppers - chopped
Chilli powder
Curry powder
Ginger
Maggi cubes x2
Garlic salt
Tumeric
Paprika
Spinach - half a family size bag (mine was from Sainsbury's)
Fry light oil spray (optional)

COOKING THE MEAT-FREE MINCE

1. Heat a wok or non-stick frying pan on a low-medium heat. You could use your fry light spray if you're worried about your food being too dry, although this is optional. I didn't use mine because if the heat is low enough, it cooks very slowly and evenly, rather than just burning, which makes it very dry.

2. Add your mince to the pan and gently stir for three minutes, then add your spring onions and red peppers. Gently stir for a further two minutes. Again, at this point, you may choose to add your fry light oil or not. I didn't feel the need to.

3. Add your chopped tomatoes. I used one in a pack for convenience.

4. Add all your spices and leave to simmer for about ten to fifteen minutes on a slightly higher heat. You may be aware - I don't measure my spices, instead, I go by the taste. That's why in the video, you can see me deciding to put one more maggi cube in after I tasted it. Even if you're a novice cook, I would encourage you to spice by taste, rather than according to someone else's recipe as you might like a little less chilli but a bit more salt or perhaps a lot of spice but a little less chilli. Everyone is different. Having said that, just today, I have ordered some measuring spoons and cups from Amazon because I want to be able to tell you exactly how much of what I put into my food - simply as a guide.


5. After 10-15 minutes, when it should be all cooked, taste to see if you need to add any more spices. If not, then simply add your already washed spinach. This will only need a further one minute to wilt down. You don't want the spinach to disappear which will happen if you cook it for much longer. You want to be able to see and taste it.

6. For the spaghetti, simply add to boiling water and give it 10-12 minutes. I like mine soft but not overly soft. I want to be able to 'suck' it without it being too mushy. I'm not sure you can technically say 'suck spaghetti' - can you? LOL. Oh and by the way, I never put salt in my rice or spaghetti because I only have a small amount compared to the sauce and as you can imagine, the spice from the sauce totally overpowers the spaghetti so it's perfect for me!


This meal was amazing. My only disappointment is that it wasn't totally vegan as I genuinely thought I was buying vegan mince however it turned out it had some egg products in it. Nevertheless, it was beyond tasty and I not only ate it for dinner with some spaghetti, I also had it for breakfast the next day with some bread - a bit like beans on toast but a more healthier version. YUM!

Have you made something like this before? Was it vegetarian or with actual mince meat? If you haven't, do you think you might try this recipe? Please let me know in the comments below if you actually do and perhaps paste a picture and tag me on Instagram or Twitter. Also would you like to see some more recipes like this? Please do let me know in the comments below!

Lots of love,
J xo xo


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