So here we have my twist on Jamie Olivers’s second recipe ‘to save your life’ – a Classic Tomato Spaghetti. It’s tough to mess with a classic but the Naturopath in me is screaming ‘add protein and vegetables’ to make this simple staple, nutritionally complete!
So that’s exactly what I did and not only is this one nourishing meal, it’s also absolutely delicious and really very quick and simple to make. It can also be made ahead and reheated to serve.
Turkey is a vitamin and mineral rich source of protein. It is a rich source of tryptophan which is a precursor of the neurotransmitter serotonin, our feel-good hormone. It’s also a great source of vitamin B12, which makes it a great option for those who suffer from anxiety and mood disorders. I like to cook with it occasionally to add a little nutritional variety to my families diet. The assortment of vegetables included in the meatballs and sauce contributes lots of plant-based fibre and nutrition.
You can serve this dish the traditional way, with whole wheat or gluten-free spaghetti. Or for even more nutritional bang for your buck, serve it with zoodles (courgettes/zucchini spiralized) or quinoa. Whatever your preference, these are SO delicious!
Serves approx. 6 (in our house it serves 2 adults, 2 kids with leftovers for 2 the next day)
1 bunch of fresh basil
1 onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, finely sliced
1 kg ripe tomatoes, or 2 x 400g tins of chopped tomatoes
1 tablespoon red wine or balsamic vinegar
Olive oil to cook in
Turkey and Sage Meatballs
1 small rasher short cut bacon, finely diced
1 red onion, finely diced
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 cup baby spinach, finely chopped
1 large carrot, grated
500g turkey mince
½ cup almond meal (substitute with breadcrumbs for nut-free)
1 free-range or organic egg
2 tablespoons of chopped fresh sage or 1 tablespoon dried sage
Good pinch sea salt and ground black pepper
Start with the tomato sauce:
Prepare the meatballs:
Enjoy and I’d love to hear how you liked it. Post a comment below!
Check out all 10 twists on Jamie’s Classic Tomato Spaghetti HERE.
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