Ostrich bolognaise with cauliflower mash, wilted baby spinach and roast baby tomatoes
Tonight, after nearly three months on this diet, I achieved something I never thought possible: I got K to eat an SCD meal! And not only that, but she ate a whole bunch of things she’d never have agreed to if she’d known 😉
The reason that this is such a massive milestone for me is that when it comes to food, K likes what she likes. She’ll eat fruit and veg… but she prefers meat and potatoes. And while I love nuts and seeds and dates and bananas, she’d rather go hungry than eat them.
Tonight, I made a delicious bolognaise that I served on cauliflower mash. The meal was completely SCD legal (obviously) and apart from two tiny differences between our meals, we ate the exact same thing. Another reason that this is significant is that I cook two different meals every night. Being able to make one meal for both of us – at least some of the time – will be such a big time saver (except now I have to share my delicious food – damn!).
Sneaky me: I snuck tons of veg into the mince and K had no idea. It’s a great tactic for kids too. If you’re still in the early phases of SCD, like me (I consider phase 3 fairly early still), make sure you cook the veg really well. There is no oil in this recipe, very little fat, and it’s packed with nutrients.
Recipe: SCD bolognaise with cauliflower mash, roast baby tomatoes and baby spinach
- 2 carrots, peeled and grated
- 3 baby zucchini, peeled and grated
- 3-4 leeks, white part only, sliced finely
- 1 onion, grated
- 2 heaped tsp minced garlic
- 500g ostrich mince (or venison or extra lean beef mince)
- 1 small jar / 50g tomato paste (make sure it contains only tomatoes)
- Two medium tomatoes, peeled and finely chopped (seeds removed if you are in the early stages)
- 200ml tomato puree (I used bottled, pure tomato puree)
- A good glug of red wine (optional)
- Salt and pepper
- A few handfuls of baby tomatoes (I used baby roma)
- Several handfuls of baby spinach, washed
- 1 medium cauliflower head
- Grated parmesan cheese (optional)
Add the carrot, zucchini, onion, leek and 1 heaped teaspoon of garlic to a pot, add a few drops of hot water, and heat. Stir constantly over high heat for about 10 minutes, adding water as you need to, until veg is cooked and soft.
Bolognaise: The best way to hide veg that kids or girlfriends won’t eat 😉
Add the mince and tomato paste to the pot. Break up the mince with a wooden spoon or fork, and continue to cook on high heat, stirring all the time.
Now you need to disguise all that veg…
Add the wine and stir until reduced. Throw in the chopped tomato, tomato puree and the second teaspoon of garlic, as well as a good pinch of salt and several cracks of black pepper. Stir to incorporate.
One medium tomato contains 40% of your recommended daily vitamin C intake
Reduce heat to low, stir until the pot has simmered down, and then cover and leave to simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. The longer you leave it, the better the flavour – but it smells so good it’s hard wait!
Be patient – it needs to simmer for at least 20 minutes! But you can ‘taste’ for seasoning purposes of course 😉
Meanwhile, place the baby tomatoes into a pot with a little water, and cook on medium heat until the skins have just begin to burst. Set aside.
Keep a close eye on these!
Next, pour some boiling water over the spinach (or leave it raw if you’re able and prefer it) and leave to soften. Then grate the cauliflower into ‘rice’, like this:
Use the smallest holes to grate the cauliflower
I know there’s a much easier way to do it using your the food processor, but I’ve still not figured out how to do much more than blend things and make banana ice cream with mine! Anyway, it’s a great bicep workout 🙂 Grate it all until it looks like this (discarding the thick stems in the middle):
Cook the cauliflower in the microwave, covered, for about 12 minutes. Add a dash of water before cooking if you need to.
Now it’s time to plate! Spread a spoonful of cauliflower mash onto the bottom of each bowl, then scatter the spinach leaves on top. Top with the bolognaise, then place a few cherry tomatoes on top. K also got a sprinkling of parmesan cheese, which is SCD legal, but I can’t eat it because I’m lactose intolerant. And here’s what our meals looked like:
K’s meal: Cauliflower mash, raw baby spinach, ostrich bolognaise and roast baby tomatoes
My meal: Cauliflower mash, ostrich bolognaise, wilted baby spinach, roast baby tomatoes
Oh my gosh guys, it was amazing! And there were NO leftovers (sob).
Here are some things that K said during the meal:
“Oh my gosh this is so good. I don’t know why you’ve been complaining about SCD food.” (luckily this was punctuated with a grin and a wink).
“I love it.”
“Is there more for seconds?”
“What’s the squashy type thing that was in there?”
“I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU MADE ME EAT ZUCCHINI. YOU’RE EVIL.”
“I’m too full for dessert.”
So I did pretty well, and it’s another dish I can add to our weekly rotation. I am SO proud of myself for taking a bunch of ingredients that K would never normally eat, and turning it into something that she actually loved – AND it was SCD legal! BEST. EVER.
Please feel free to share you recipes or links to your blogs – I love finding new SCD recipes and I need all the inspiration I can get!