If you like your food green and spooky, this is the post for you.
Just so we’re clear, I love carbs and carbs are great. And with these meals you can definitely supplement on the carb front / justify having a massive portion of dessert (if you’re someone who needs a reason for dessert, that is). These two recipes come out of pinterest curiosity, and courgettes being on offer in Lidl this week. And then there’s a wee bonus idea for using up the leftover courgette scraps, particularly for the first one where it’s harder to use them in the dish.
spinach and sweet potato courgette ravioli
3 cups marinara sauce
1 large (750g-1kg) sweet potato, peeled, boiled and mashed
1 large onion, diced
2 cloves garlic
2 cups spinach
Shredded basil to taste
Sprinkling of saffron (optional)
- Sauté the onion in some oil until softened. Add the garlic and then the spinach and herb/spice – cook until wilted then turn off heat. Stir in the mashed sweet potato and season to taste.
- Using a vegetable peeler, slice the courgettes as below. Lay out in a cross shape and plop about 2 tbsp of the vegetable mixture inside. Fold over like you’re using the bundling method to pack clothes for a holiday. You should get about 8 parcels.
- Place in a roasting tin, pour over the sauce, top with cheese, and bake for 30-45 minutes at 180oC.
lazy very green courgette spaghetti
Sprinkling of chilli flakes
spinach / another salad to use as a bed
- As above, use a peeler to peel long, thin slices of courgette.
- Gently heat the oil and fry the courgette and garlic to soften. Add in the pesto, creamy ingredient, chilli flakes, and peas. Stir to coat and season to taste.
- Pile into a dish and top with lemon and parmesan.
spiced courgette pancakes
1 cup plain/ wholewheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp mixed spice
2 tsp butter, melted
1 large egg
2 tbsp brown sugar
3/4 cup milk
1 cup grated courgette
Maple syrup to serve
- Mix the dry ingredients together and make a well in the centre.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, butter, sugar, and milk.
- Pour wet into dry and beat together, then fold in the courgette.
- Heat a pan over medium heat and coat lightly with oil spray.
- Drop by 1/4 cup into the pan and cook on one side until bubbling, then turn over and cook for another couple of minutes.
- Serve with maple syrup.