Easy mid week meal: Bacon spaghetti with pine nuts & parsley

It’s that time of the week. When you’re lacking inspiration, energy & the will to do anything much! Funny how that is! So today in my pursuit to keep up with healthy eating mantra but making it easy I came up with this meal.
You can change up a few ingredients if you so wish to suit your taste buds or to use whatever you have in your pantry.

Ingredients:
– Spaghetti (I used half a packet)
– bacon, cut into pieces (that was in my freezer)
– tin of evaporated milk (to keep it healthyish)
– fresh parsley
– crusher garlic
– green capsicum
– pine nuts
– pepper to taste

Method:
– Boil spaghetti as per packet instructions or until el dente, drain & set aside
– In a saucepan or pot roast the pine nuts until lightly brown shaking the pan so the nuts don’t burn, set aside.
– In the same pan fry the bacon with some crushed garlic
– Add the chopped green capsicum & cool until capsicum slightly softened and bacon browned
– add evaporated milk
– stir in parsley (I use a lot because I love parsley)
– add pepper to taste (you can add salt but I think the bacon makes it salty already)
Top with roasted pine nuts & more parsley
Can be served with side salad.

Enjoy! Let me know if you try the recipe by tagging me or posting pics on my blog.

Lameese X

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Spicy meatballs in tomato chutney with flatbread & carrot salad

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It started to rain fiercely in QLD today & brought on the need for some comfort food. I was inspired by homemadewithmess with her delish looking spicy meat ball pizza. So I decided to make spicy meat balls in a tomato based sauce with paratha’s and carrot salad. Recipe below.
If you do try out this recipe please post pics or tag me @ lameesea.wordpress.com or on instagram @ lameeses. I would love to see your version of this recipe.

Ingredients:
For the meat balls
* You can use any mince meat you like.
* 1/2 white or red onion, chopped finely
* 1-2 red chillis depending how hot you’d like it. I like to leave the seeds in as I love a bit of heat.
* 2 cloves crushed garlic
* a bunch of coriander leaves or parsley, whichever you’d prefer (or both as I did)
* 1/4 cup bread crumbs
* 1 egg

Method:
Add all spices and bread crumbs to the mince in a mixing bowl. Combine all ingredients, cover & set in fridge for 20-30 minutes. Remove from fridge after lapsed time and with your hands make small to medium meat balls and fry in oil or butter (I prefer ghee as you only need a tiny amount.) till browned. Cover and set aside.

For the tomato chutney:
* 1/2 white or red onion
* 1 garlic clove chopped
* coriander or parsley leaves for garnishing
* 1-2 tins of chopped Italian tomatoes with garlic and herb, depending how many people you’re serving. Alternatively you could use fresh tomatoes and add your own spices/herbs.

Method:
Lightly fry the onions, herbs & garlic intil onions soften or ingredients become fragrant. Add in tomatoes, a pinch or two of sugar (to regulate the acidity of the tomatoes) and salt & pepper to taste. Let simmer till tomatoes are cooked through. Add meatballs to tomato chutney and cook for 10 minutes on low. Tada! Dinner is served.

I served this dish with a side of Paratha’s ( flat bread or roti is another name for it) and a side carrot salad. You could serve with rice or pasta if you prefer.

Hope you try this recipe & enjoy!

Have a delishes day!

Lameese X

I Heart Food!

I love my food but dislike deciding on what to cook. Why oh why is that always Mum’s task? Regardless, I aways seem to whip up something tasty on the last minute and yet when the dish is planned it seems very bleh!! It has come to the end of the week and winter has sneekingly crept in. I had run out if inspiration :/ and staring at my pantry was thinking what to create for this chilly evenings dinner. Ingredients I chose were: Pasta, Turkey mince, Egg plant & Basil (a herb I love, love, love). One reason I love winter is Comfort Food. Plus its healthy… score! This is where I got my inspiration from http://www.taste.com.au/ Mum to the rescue! It was a hit. So much so that I’ll be making a bigger batch & freezing it for times when I’m uninspired to cook. Do any of you Mum’s have a signature or go to dish that you’d like to share?Please comment below. Have a glorious day! Lameese X

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