Now and then I love a good spaghetti bolognese and using zucchini instead of pasta lowers the carbohydrates significantly and adds extra vitamins and minerals. Occasional red meat is a great source of phosphorus, zinc, iron, protein, magnesium, selenium, and B vitamins. Studies have also indicated that women who eat lower than the recommended amount of red meat are correlated with a higher incidence of depression and anxiety.
- Zucchini strips, I used 2 large zucchini's
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 2 onions, finely chopped
- 2 sticks of celery, finely chopped
- 2 carrots, grated
- 2 slices good quality bacon trimmed of fat (this can be left out if desired)
- 500g lean good quality beef mince
- 3 cans chopped tomatoes or passata
- Fresh chopped oregano
- 2 bay leaves
- Salt and Pepper
- Olive oil
- Heat some olive oil in a large saucepan. Add celery, bacon, carrot, onion and garlic and saute' until softened.
- Add mince and cook until brown and cooked.
- Add tomato and all herbs and spices.
- Turn down the heat and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Lightly saute' zucchini in a pan until softened.
- Serve with some parmesan cheese on top if desired.