7 Ways to make Spaghetti Bolognese Healthier (plus my favourite vego bolognese sauce recipe)

It’s a staple in most Australian households and it’s the one dish that most people know how to make. Recipes can range from a simple 3 ingredient (bottle of sauce + mince + pasta) rendition or include over 20 ingredients (fresh tomatoes, different proteins and heaps of top secret herbs). It’s the go-to weeknight family meal and for many people it would also be a food of comfort but is it good for you? Well yes and no. You can make this dish as healthy or as unhealthy as you like. A giant bowl of pasta with a meaty sauce made using budget mince and topped with cheese is not going to be a very balanced meal (unless you’re carbing up for a sports event!) and will likely make you feel a bit bloated and sluggish after. While a small bowl of whole meal pasta with sauce containing heaps of veg plus a good portion of salad will give you all you need to keep your body working well.

Here I give 7 ways to make everyone’s  favourite go-to dish better for you

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Summer Vegetable Ratatouille

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASummer is my favourite season, it has a lot to do with the 3 months of warmth and sunshine but also because the veggie garden is so abundant during this season. Zucchini, patty pan squash, basil and tomatoes all thrive in our veggie patch and often we have so much we give it away. Even if you don’t have the room for a vegetable plot or a friendly neighbour you can still make the most of summer’s lovely seasonal produce with cheaper prices in the green grocers. This Summer veg hot pot is perfect for using the best produce summer has to offer and also is the perfect make ahead meal to take for lunch to uni/school or work. …

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Healthier satay sauce with veggie skewers

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If theres one thing they do well in Bali (besides beaches, cocktails and sun obviously) its satay sauce, anyone who has tried the traditional dish Gado Gado will know what I mean. Sometimes satay sauce can be a bit oily (and full of sugar!) so I wanted to make my own peanut satay sauce with just a little less fat and without the sugar while trying to keep the rich flavour. I think I came close.

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Cauliflower and Zucchini soup with chickpea croutons

In winter I love to make up a massive batch of soup to keep in the fridge to eat throughout the week. They are so easy to make, just put in a pot and let simmer away. I love soups to have heaps of veggies in them as well as a bit of spice with things like ginger for added immunity, this one doesn’t disappoint.

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