Healthy bolognese with zoodles is a meal that we always gravitate towards. Our family traditions have changed over the years, but when we get together this is what we like to eat.
We love to eat it with pasta or without. We try to make zoodles from different types of vegetables when we are taking a break from pasta. Zoodles are super fun to make when you have a spiralizer. I mostly use zucchini, but your own imagination and preference can lead you to other vegetables. Just make sure to note if they are free, not counted veggies or counted veggies. Parmesan cheese is what we love to eat with it but we are also happy to use strong cheddar cheese if that’s all that we have.
As this is a family favorite, experiments are allowed to happen. We’ve successfully also used fennel seeds, chili powder, or flakes with rosemary. This is a delicious change from the traditional Italian flavors. Give them a try and let me know if you like them too.
I sometimes like to have healthy bolognese when we are trying to lose a bit of weight. Adapting the recipe to the quantities that I need in Step 1 of the family meal planner makes it possible to still enjoy this now. It’s really fun to do this as it helps me learn how recipes are created. Food fascinates me and I love learning new tips and tricks as I go.
Trial and error is part of the experimentation and sometimes I prefer the changes and will keep to that. It is pretty much stuck in my mind which ingredients I must count and which ingredients are free.
Use these to bulk out the recipe. They are mushrooms, celery, garlic all the herbs, and spices. The pasta then can be made from zucchini and it is especially fun to do this with a spiralizer. It really does depend on which vegetable I have to how I will adapt the recipe. Just check the list of ingredients and let your imagination and creative juices flow.
counted healthy bolognese ingredients
The meat, carrots, onion, and tomato paste all have to be measured and counted. Keeping to a meal plan, dieting, and trying to count and measure everything can be super tiresome. This is where many people give up and say that diets do not work.
I agree, to a point. For me, a diet is to lose weight and a diet is also to nourish our bodies and they work hand in hand and are not necessarily two different things. That is why I love healthy bolognese with zoodles, with the added fats or without.
don’t overthink the process
This is not the place to overthink this either because, in my humble opinion, this is not where weight is put on. Not for me at least. It is the sugary treats that are so easy to wolf down and then are soon forgotten. There is a place for treats in this plan, just not every day. That is the lesson to learn and to be thankful for as your health and energy return.
This recipe produces large portions of delicious healthy bolognese sauce. It is for four people. When you stir this through the spiralized zucchini, you will have a plate of food that will not leave you hungry.
Remember, there are a lot of vegetables in the healthy bolognese with zoodles recipe so it will be healthy and you can enjoy your portion and then you will not be raiding the fridge later on.
taste is super important
When you decide to adjust a recipe and you leave out the fats, often the taste is lost. Remember that with a bolognese recipe you can do things not to lose the delicious flavor.
Cooking the meat, celery, and onions together with the herbs (and spices) for the correct amount of time before adding in the other vegetable will make all the difference. Cook these together till it seems like they are about to burn. Stop there! Do not burn the sauce.
This is when you can add in the carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and/or tomato paste. Give it all a good stir. Season it to taste and then put it in the oven for an hour.
It will be delicious.
Whether you follow this plan that I love or use it as a guideline, don’t let losing weight trip you up. Get to know food, get to know ingredients. Read, learn and experiment.
This is one of many recipes that I’ve adapted using the principles from the eating plan. It’s taken me a long time to get to this place where food does not stress me out or leave me lacking the energy I need to get through the day.
I’ve learned to be honest with myself and I’ve learned how to deal with eating at home and on the go. I no longer stress out if I gain a kilogram or two because I know that I can get back to where I want to be by just following the eating plan.
healthy bolognese zoodle variations
There are many variations to a Bolognese recipe and that is why it is a family favorite in many homes. What is your favorite way to prepare this meal? Share those in the comments.
Many of our favorite dishes are often thought of as being unhealthy. I love food and what I like to do is to have a good attempt at either adding ingredients to a recipe or adding side dishes to make and recipe healthy and balanced. On rare occasions, some ingredients also need to be removed but what I love about food is that real food replacements can always be found.
I’m up for that challenge, how about you?
It is also not always possible to bring the balance needed in one meal but it is possible to bring in the balance and healthy options throughout the day or week.
Healthy Bolognese with Zoodles
- pot with lid
- box grater
- chopping board
- 500 g ground beef
- 2 cups diced onions
- 4 cups grated carrots
- 1 t dried basil
- 1 T dried parsley
- 2 cups tomato sauce
- 4 sticks finely chopped celery
- 1 T worstershire sauce
- 1 t beef stock powder
- 1 t salt
- Turn on the oven to 180 degrees C.
- Add the ground beef to the pan on the stovetop. Cook it until very well browned.
- Add in the chopped onions and the herbs.
- Cook till onions are translucent.
- The mixture should be well cooked through. This will allow the flavor to develop.
- Add in all other ingredients.
- Stir till well mixed together.
- Place the lid on the pot. Remove it from the stove top.
- Place it in a heated oven
- Leave in oven for one hour.
- Add to zoodles.
- Grate over Parmesan cheese. OPTIONAL