Right, Ok I hold my hands up and say this isn’t the best looking dish in the world, BUT it is so frigging nice, who cares !. A really low fat, cheap and clean meal that you will not feel crappy after eating and you will say to yourself, well I never ! Courgettes contain very few Calories so are a great mate for a dieter, they also hold a nice stash of Vitamin C, which is a great Immune system boosting !.
This is a typical Turkish meal that is a regular Dinner at the Family table and it became one of my favourites when I lived there. It is often served with a garlic Yogurt, but maybe that would be pushing many British pallets too far !.
I picked up Some lovely minced Lamb in The Co-op for 99p which was a fab saving and put it with 3 large Courgettes for 60p and a large handful of Parsley from the local Asian Supermarket for £1, so this dish came in at a great price of around 49p a serving, based on four. Now if your kids are fussy eaters, FORGET this but if you can try one meal out of all my recipe’s, then let this be the one as it really is a show stopper !
You will need…..
1/4 of a pack of lamb (70g)
good handful of parsley
1 cup of rice ( try & make it brown)
1 tin of tomatoes
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tbsp. cumin
2 chicken stock cubes
1/2 cup tomato puree
5 garlic cloves
1 tbsp. chili flakes ( if you want a tiny kick)
Cut the off the ends of the Courgette and then you will need to slice it up into disks of around 3cm in length.
With a teaspoon, you will need to scrap out the centre of the flesh and leave enough around the outside to layer the courgette wall.
The easiest way to do the filling is by putting it all in a blender and blitzing it. So put the tomatoes, onion, garlic and centres of the courgette and blitz it together, so that you end up with a colourful soup.
I used a whole pack of lamb mince in this part of the recipe, as I carried it over for a base of a Lamb keema curry ( recipe to follow !). To the tomato mix, add the meat, salt, pepper, chilli and cumin and mix together really well, your hands are probably the best tool for this ( Sorry!).
Fill every courgette centre with a handful of the mix and place this in a pan.
As you can see, I have shared a photo with you of the curry base and also the stuffed Courgette. Food really can go along way, and there are so many healthy tricks that can not only bulk it, but also give you an extra source of goodness for a money saving journey.
Now because I the food waste and I hate washing up even more, I used the food processing bowl to make up the stock, swill out the left over foodie bits and also mix in the Tomato puree. I used around 3/4 of a pint of boiling water to dissolve the stock cubes and chucked in some extra garlic cloves for good luck ( not good if your single and looking to date !) Pour the liquid over the stuffed courgettes, cover the pan with a lid and bring to the boil, turn it down to a low heat and leave it bubble for around 15 minutes.
When you try a stuffed Courgette, the outside should be nice and soft and the rice and meat lovely, moist and super tasty.
I love to eat this alone but this is a great dish served with Rice, salad or even mash.
If you love food from the Med, try this Paella for pennies….