Broccoli & Parmesan Pasta

Stirfried broccoli florets in a white wine, garlic and chilli sauce tossed with wholewheat spaghetti and finished with toasted pine nuts and parmesan. This easy recipe is so quick to make and just requires a fresh head of broccoli – the rest you’ll find in your cupboard.

5 mins prep :: 7 mins cook :: 12 mins total :: 2 servings @ 415 calories per serving :: 5 Weightwatchers points per serving

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 50 ml white wine
  • 1/2 red chilli
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Sea salt
  • Parmesan
  • 2 small handfuls of pinenuts
  • 200g dried wholewheat spaghetti pasta

Directions:

  1. Boil a kettle of water and cook the pasta as per pack instructions (about 10 minutes).
  2. Meanwhile, cut the broccoli in to florets; crush the garlic and finely slice the chilli
  3. Heat the olive oil on a medium heat in a large pan, then add the garlic and fry gently for 1 minute to release the flavour. Then add the broccoli florets with the chilli, and salt then stirfry for about 5 minutes.
  4. Once the broccoli starts to colour, add the wine and cook for a further 2-3 minutes as the alcohol cooks off.
  5. When the pasta is ready add the pinenuts to the broccoli until lightly toasted (about 30 seconds), then add the drained spaghetti and toss with a glug of extra virgin olive oil and serve topped with the fresh parmesan.

Foodwitch Factoid:

Stir in a spoonful of green pesto instead of the olive oil at the end for about 100 extra calories per portion and extra flavour. Make extra to reheat for lunch the next day or use any leftovers cold as a tasty snack.

Moroccan Vegetable Stew

Spicy Moroccan vegetables in a delicious sauce with a crazy but oh-so-perfect secret ingredient served with wild rice and fresh flat leaf parsley all for under 400 calories.

5 mins prep :: 25 mins cook :: 30 mins total :: 4 servings :: 380 cals per serving :: Doubler :: Lazy Leftovers

Ingredients:
* 2 sweet potatoes
* 2 courgettes
* 1 onion
* 1 red pepper
* 2 garlic cloves
* 1 inch cube of peeled ginger (approx)
* 400g tin of chickpeas
* 1tsp dried cumin powder
* 1tsp dried curry powder
* 1tsp dried chilli flakes
* 1tsp dried cinnamon
* 1tsp dried coriander leaf
* Big pinch of salt (this is for 4 servings)
* 350ml of vegetable stock
* 1 tbsp olive oil
* 400g tin of tomatoes
* 1 tbsp lemon juice
* 2 tbsp peanut butter
* 2 tbsp fresh flat leaf parsley
* 40g of wild rice & basmati brown rice per person (makes 100g cooked serving per person)

Directions:

1. Boil a kettle of water and cook the wild rice as per pack instructions (about 25 minutes).
2. Meanwhile, crush the garlic; grate the ginger and cut the sweet potatoes, courgettes, onion and red pepper into similar sized pieces (about 1 inch).
3. Heat the olive oil on a medium heat in a large pan, then add the garlic and ginger and fry gently for 1 minute to release the flavour. Then add the sweet potatoes, courgettes, onion, red pepper and salt then stirfry for about 5 minutes.
4. Add the cumin powder, curry powder, chilli flakes, coriander leaf and stirfry for a further minute before adding the tomatoes, lemon juice and stock.
5. Bring to a gentle simmer and keep simmering for about 20 minutes until all the vegetables are cooked. In the final couple of minutes stir in the secret ingredient – peanut butter to warm through and thicken the sauce. Then serve with the rice, scattered with the fresh parsley.

Foodwitch Factoid:
Enjoy leftovers the next day with a pitta bread instead of rice for about the same calories or you can even enjoy it cold for lunch with a green salad to save 150 calories per serving (that’s a mere 230 calories and about 4 portions of veg per serving!).

Teriyaki Red Pepper & Broccoli Stirfry

Strips of red pepper, broccoli florets, red onion, beansprouts and noodles in a spicy, soy sauce, honey and ginger sauce.

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Ready in 10 mins :: 2 servings :: 360 cals per serving :: one-off wonder

Ingredients:

  • 1 red pepper (slices)
  • 1 red onion (wedges)
  • 1 small broccoli (florets)
  • 200g beansprouts
  • 200g egg noodles
  • 1 tbsp peanut oil
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp dry sherry
  • 2 tsp clear honey
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 2 cm ginger (shredded)
  • 1 red chilli (sliced)
  • 1 pinch Chinese Five Spice
  • 1 pinch sea salt

Directions:

  1. Cut the red pepper and red onion into thin strips and the brocolli into small florets all of a similar size.
  2. Boil a kettle of water and use to cook the noodles as per packet instructions (simmer for 4 minutes), then drain.
  3. Prepare the garlic, ginger and chilli, then heat the peanut oil on a high temperature in a large pan or wok.
  4. When the oil is really hot, add half the garlic, ginger and chilli and stirfry for a few seconds before adding the brocolli, red pepper and onion. Stirfry for 2 minutes before adding the beansprouts and strifrying for 1 minute.
  5. Add the remaining garlic, ginger and chilli, with the soy sauce, sherry and honey, adding the cooked/drained noodles and stirfry for a further minute or so until the sauce has reduced and serve.

Foodwitch Factoid

Cook an extra portion to enjoy the next day for lunch or use a saved plastic takeaway container to store in the freezer to create your own healthy ready meal for when you haven’t got time (or the inclination) to cook.

Healthy Vegetarian Recipes Tip

My healthy recipes blog has even more healthy vegetarian recipes.