Helen's Home Cooking
At Boditone we are not fans of the latest fad diets, such as low carb, high protein, no sugar, low fat, or any of the others that are currently fashionable to follow. Do any of them really work long-term? With so much conflicting information it's hard to know, especially when the guidelines of what we should and shouldn't eat are constantly changing. Not only is it confusing choosing which type of diet is right for you, it can also be hard to maintain when you are trying to feed not just yourself but maybe also a family.
We believe that most things in moderation are o.k and that the best way to a healthier body is portion control, cutting out processed food when you can and to move more.
To help you incorporate some more home cooked healthy(ish) meals into your life, we have enlisted the help of our friend Helen Hill. One of life's intuitive cooks, Helen has a flare for cooking that shows in each dish she makes. Where most of us will stick religiously to a recipe, Helen has the ability to adapt her cooking to use whatever she finds in the cupboard. Being a real foodie has lead Helen to enroll on every type of cookery course imaginable, she currently favours the Hairy Bikers Good Eating recipes to feed the family. If you're lucky enough to count yourself as one of Helen's friends, you would gladly accept an invite to her home, where you will always be guaranteed a warm welcome and a slice of homemade cake. Unfortunately Helens's efforts are not always appreciated by her Hubbie, who much to her disgust is happy with a packet of pork scratchings or dry roasted peanuts. Helen's recipes a bit like herself are mainly good for you, with a bit of naughtiness chucked in now and again, just for the sheer pleasure of it.
A Family Favourite Withought A Jar In Sight.
Spaghetti bologonese is a recipe that everyone should learn to cook. You can create a sauce that can be adapted slightly for other dishes such as lasagne, cottage pie or even a chilli, double up when you are cooking and freeze the sauce for use in other dishes at a later date. This is one of Helen's own home made spaghetti bologonese recipes, super easy to make but still full of flavour without relying on the use of any processed sauces.
2 x shallots, finely chopped, you can use an onion instead
1 x stick of celery, finely chopped
1 x large clove crushed garlic
1 x chopped large carrot
250g chopped mushrooms
1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
300ml beef stock
1tbsp Worcester sauce
2tbsp tomatoe puree
1tsp mixed dried herbs
500g extra lean mince beef
This will make enough for four large portions
In a large saucepan, fry the shallots, garlic, mushrooms, carrot and celery in either a little olive oil or fry light spray, for a few minutes until soft.
Add the mince to the pan and cook until browned.
Add the chopped tomatoes, beef stock, herbs, Worcester sauce, tomatoe purée, season to taste with salt and pepper.
Bring to the boil, then simmer for 15-20 minutes, until stock is reduced and the sauce is thickened.
In the meantime, cook the spaghetti as per instructions.
Divide spaghetti between four bowls, pile on the spaghetti bologonese sauce, sprinkle with Parmesan and serve with a green side salad.
To make this an even healthier option, you can use courgette as an alternative to spaghetti.