Goodness it’s cold here in the UK, we even had snow at the weekend. It’s so hard, I find, to keep up with any kind of January ‘healthy eating regime’ when all you want to do is curl up with a blanket and eat mounds of warm comfort food. So, I’ve devised a plan, which is to batch-cook big pots of my favourite savoury comfort food, starting with this beef ragù. I have employed a few tricks to try and strip out the calories by using an olive oil spray, super lean organic minced beef and then adding in plenty of vegetables such as carrots, celery, onions, tomatoes, Puy lentils and fresh spinach.
This dish is a meal in itself, so no spaghetti or pasta needed. If you’re really missing something, try courgette spaghetti, or ‘courgetti’ with this or even some brown Basmati rice. I promise, that when the need for comfort food strikes, this dish will tick all the right boxes. It may not be the way your Italian Nonna makes it, but it’s certainly a great way to pack in some extra vegetables and keep the cold weather comfort food cravings satisfied.
My recipe makes enough for 12 servings, so there’s plenty to go around and you can portion some up for lunch throughout the week, too.
You can use cooked green lentils in place of Puy Lentils in this recipe.
Slimming World = Free on Extra Easy
Weight Watchers = 5 SmartPointsTM per 200g portion
Other cold weather recipe posts you may like:
Skinny Carbonara from Jamie’s Book Everyday Superfood
Easy Chicken Recipes by Ren for the Good Food Channel
How are you keeping warm and well-fed?