A happy accident whilst making myself a SW friendly carbonara led me to come up with this recipe. I added broccoli spears, leeks and a tablespoon of mustard to a carbonara recipe from a friend at group and the taste reminded me of my mum's cauliflower cheese sauce - of course a full fat, high syn, roux-based sauce - so I knew it would work well as an adaptation of the comfort food classic.
I'll apologise in advance for the pictures, but I am no photographer which is especially evident when it comes to food pictures!
Serves 1 as a full meal, 2 as part of a meal
3-4 frozen broccoli florets
3-4 frozen cauliflower florets
Small handful of peas
1 onion, chopped
1 handful of shredded cooked chicken or turkey (optional if serving 1 person as a whole meal)
300ml vegetable stock
1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
1 handful spinach
1 tbsp Quark
30g grated cheddar
Boil broccoli, cauliflower and peas for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, chop and begin to fry onions in Frylight on a medium/high heat. Drain vegetables and set aside. Add shredded cooked meat to the frying pan if using and cook until onions are golden and softened.
Meanwhile, stir mustard into stock.
Add drained vegetables to frying pan, pour over stock and bring to the boil on a high heat, stirring regularly. Add spinach to pan when the stock has reduced by around half.
Mix together eggs and Quark and add seasoning.
Once spinach has wilted down and stock has almost completely reduced, remove the pan from the heat and pour over the egg and Quark mixture.
Add grated cheddar and stir in thoroughly. The residual heat of the vegetables and remaining stock will cook the egg mixture to a creamy, silky consistency.
Again, apologies for the poor photography skills (I'm trying to get better!) but here is the final dish, which I really loved!
This dish would be easily adaptable to your preferred vegetables or whatever is in season.
This recipe is FREE and suitable for an SP menu. However, if you are not using the cheddar as your Healthy Extra A choice, you will need to syn it at 6 for the whole portion (so 3 if you share it!)
If you try it, please leave me a comment and let me know what you thought :-D