Saturday, August 02, 2014

Zoodles With Turkey Beet Root Bolognese

I am on my way towards racing weight to be ready to rock'n'roll in Chicago in October :) That does not mean I will quit eating delicious satisfying paleo foods! I thought I might as well share with you a quick recipe I put up together today.

Finished product, I made it little less paleo by adding grated goat cheese on the top. YUM!

Ingredients (2 portions):
  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 2 tsp of fat of your choice (I used beef tallow for the sauce and olive oil for zoodles)
  • 200 g minced turkey
  • 200 g beet roots (pre cooked)
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2-3 tbsp tomato paste (I love the Alnatura brand from DM)
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic
  • basil
  • salt and pepper
Zoodles (Zucchini Noodles)

Obviously I did not invent zoodles, to make them, you can get a julienne peeler (cheaper option, takes less space in your kitchen, but takes more time and is more work to do your zoodles) or a spiral veggie slicer to makes things easier (if you have enough money and space in your kitchen).

Tips for your zoodles:
  1. cut up your zucchinini in zoodles (you want 1 medium zucchini per person)
  2. put the raw zoodles in strainer and salt them through - let sit for 20 minutes
  3. wash the zoodles and dry them thoroughly
  4. pan fry on a bit of fat of your choice or microwave your zoodles

Minced Turkey Bolognese
  1. Melt fat of your choice in a pan.
  2. Add minced turkey until the excess water evaporates and it starts to brown.
  3. Meanwhile cut up your beet root and tomatoes in small cubes to have them ready.
  4. Press in the clove(s) of garlic in the pan and let it roast a little - be careful, not too much, if it browns, it goes bitter :(
  5. Add the fresh tomatoes and roast them a little, then add the beet roots later (as they are pre-cooked).
  6. Add the tomato paste, basil, any favorite spices, salt and pepper to taste.
Voila, bon appetit!

The meal was just 440 kcal and would be 350 if you skip the cheese :)
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Rawcha Restaurant

On a different note, little raw meal review for a relatively new raw restaurant in Prague - Rawcha. We went on Friday with my friend.

Really liked that they have fresh coconut to drink the coconut water - the best natural electrolyte replacement!

They have a set lunch menu Monday to Friday (I think this was the first week they tried it) and unfortunately they do not serve their regular menu during the lunch time :( Maybe I read the website wrong, but I was kind of upset for this as I have already planned what I was gonna have to fuel my training... So for the menu:

Melon soup - delicious!

Zoodles (you see where I got the inspiration to make them again :D), topped with nuts and side of basil-spinach-kale-walnut "pesto". Delicious!

We did not go for the healthy fruit salad that was offered on the menu, but did a shared dessert try out instead :D Mango cake, caramel-chocolate cake and rapsberry "mascarpone" ... all yummy.

I really loved the food, even though I had to get my protein very soon after that, I am sorry, I am an athlete... I don't do legumes, I can get some protein from the nuts, but enough would mean going overboard on calories as there is generally more healthy fat than protein in the nuts. So food was delicious yet for me on easy days or as a light dinner better than lunch after tough training session. The people working there are nice, little too "zen" for me, they could be more service and customer oriented and manage their workflow better. Just saying :) If you have enough time, I definitely recommend this place!

Any exciting meal or restaurant recommendations?

What delicious food have you eaten 

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