HEALTHY COURGETTI MEATBALLS & CHOCOLATE AVOCADO MOUSSE

I am not the healthiest person on the internet. Yes, I'm gluten free - because I have coeliac disease, not because the wellbeing world has brainwashed everyone into thinking it's the best thing for you - and yes, I do actually quite enjoy a lot of veg and healthy food. But, I also frickin adore curry, pizza, cake, pasta, kebabs and basically anything that does the best job at cloggin your arteries and turning your body into a potato.

Like seriously, gimme a Chicken pasanda, bottle glass of wine, 5 episodes of Grey's Anatomy and I am yours. Whether you look like Shrek or not.

However, as I'm getting older - insert all of the hysterical cry face emojis here - and my awareness of health grows stronger, it really is about time that I start caring for my body. But as a massive foody/greedy pig, it's absolutely essential that healthy still means ridiculously tasty (oh, and big portions too, all about those big portions). So something that I've been doing for a long time now is substituting things like spaghetti and rice for vegetable versions. Courgetti, cauliflower rice, homeade houmous and Pesto.. seen it on Pinterest? I've probably recreated it. And my absolute BAE'S heros for recreating these recipes with ease - and not chopping my fingers off in the process - are the Morphy Richards black electric Spiralizer and the Nutri ninja blender from Debenhams.

And like, if I could marry an appliance then this bad boy would have a ring on it right now.

As we're talking about marrying a spiralizer now it's probably time to move on to the recipes...
Courgetti meatballs
Courgetti and Meatballs

Ingredients - 

  • 2 large Courgettes
  • A pack of meatballs (sorry gal pals, I was too lazy - inept - to make my own so purchased some gluten free meatballs from Tesco but I have made some amazing ones by the body coach before if you have more time)
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Tomato paste
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Handful of fresh parsley
  • Shavings of Parmesan 
  • Salt and pepper to season
The Method

Courgetti meatballs
Morphy richards spiralizer
Courgetti meatballs
Spaghetti and meatballs is a classic. I've devoured those little balls of goodness for years now - lols, no you are the child for thinking that's an innuendo - and when I started adopting my "screw my life, gotta start being healthy now" attitude I realised that this dish would be so easy to make healthy with just a few little replacements here and there.

Starting with the courgetti. This is such an easy replacement for spaghetti and whilst it definitely isn't quite as perfect as the carby goodness that is pasta, it does add such a gorgeous crunchy texture and freshness. Using the Morphy Richards black electric spiralizer express from Debenhams, I literally popped a courgette in, twisted the top of the spiralizer and 2 seconds later, gal pal's got herself some courgetti. That's what I absolutely adore about this spiralizer, it genuinely took a minute to figure out how everything goes together and it takes seconds to actually work. Quick, easy, convenient and just works perfectly. I fry this at the very end for only a minute or so to stop it going soggy and keep the crunch.
The meatballs are some that I *ahem* bought from Tesco but you know what, there's no judgement over here- i.e please don't judge me gal pals I'm rushed for time #queenofpoorexcuses - and I actually adore these gluten free meatballs. I gently fry those off until they're well done.

Next up is the meatball/tomato sauce - something that I do make time for because I can make bulk, freeze and use it all week, woop! - and this is the part that makes me feel all "move over nigella"/sassy AF because it just tastes so good (and is also really satisfying to say you've made a sauce from scratch.) I blended up some cooked chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic, some olive oil, parmesan, parsley and black pepper just for a short amount of time so that it still remains quite thick and rustic and then combined the meatballs and sauce to let sizzle.

Lol, sizzle is definitely not the technical term I'm looking for but considering that I have a degree in microwaving, this isn't really a surprise is it?

Once "sizzled" - I think I actually mean reduce. Do I actually mean reduce? - I popped the whole mixture on top of the courgetti and voila, Healthy meatballs done.
And now it's time for dessert...
Avocado banana mousse
Health(ier) but indulgent Dark chocolate mousse
Ingredients - 
  • 2 bananas (I would actually only use 1 and 1/2 for this and gobble the rest)
  • 1 avocado
  • 75g of dark chocolate sauce or chocolate to melt
  • Juice of half an orange
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder

The Method
Chop two bananas, bung into the Nutri ninja...
Avocado banana mousse
Chop one avocado, bung into the nutri ninja...

FYI Bung is a really technical term that all the chefs use 

:/
Avocado banana mousse
Then pour in your chocolate sauce or melt your chocolate to add to the mix, followed by the juice of half of an orange...
Add your cocoa powder and blend that shiz up...

What I friggin adore about the Nutri ninja is that it has more settings than the original nutri bullet - which I also love - making it more versatile and fab for a wider variety of recipes. It's also a lot stronger too meaning that if you're an impatient cook/smoothie maker etc. you will love this because it blends everything in no time!
Once you've blended the mixture into a completely smooth consistency - you don't want any lumps and bumps for this one - whack the ingredients into a ramekin of choice. I was going to say "neatly" put it in but let's be honest, a blind dog could've done a better job presentation wise than me [insert cry laughter/"can't look" emoji here].
Chill for as long as desired but I would say a good hour at least before serving however you like. Raspberries, nuts, whatever tickles your pickle, pop it on top and Instagram until your heart's content!
So that brings this little recipe/"OMG I'm being healthy and it's actually delicious"/"Check out my new tools that make me look like a pro chef" post to an end. I really hope you liked it and found it useful. I am  major foodie so although I want to be healthier, taste definitely can't be compromised and that's exactly what these recipes are about.

I would love to know if you tried these out, or if you've tried the Morphy Richards spiralizer/Nutri Ninja? Also, leave me some delicious recipes/links to some below if you have them, I'm pretty much the Chef next door now ;)


As always, thanks so much for reading!

xx

*This post was kindly sponsored by Debenhams but all love of outrageously tasty food and easy gadgets, my own.


48 comments

  1. These both look so tasty! I'm definitely going to try both of these. Sophie x

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    1. You should definitely try them lovely, so easy but SO tasty!

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  2. The chocolate avocado mousse sounds intriguing but I have eaten a good chocolate avocado brownie recently!

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    1. You honestly can't even taste the avocado but it gives such a lovely texture!

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  3. The chocolate avocado mousse sounds intriguing but I have eaten a good chocolate avocado brownie recently!

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  4. I'm really not a fan of courgettes bu this looks very appetising! Well done Elle! Not to mention the chocolate mousse looks so dreamy! Bet Dan loved this haha! x

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    1. It's so good girl, highly recommend. And yes, Dan, my Dad and my Nan all loved it haha!

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  5. I've tried making courgetti before and it just turns out watery and mushy so I find it's best not to cook it - just add sauce to it x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

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    1. If you cook it for too long it's definitely a mushy mess but I do prefer mine cooked so a quick fry should do the job :)

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  6. Wow, this looks amazing! Yum yum :) xox

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    1. Honestly they're both so lovely, I really fancy the mousse now actually!

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  8. Zoodles are my absolute favourite type of noodles and it gets me super excited to it them. Sadly they are so expensive here in Canada. One of the many things I miss about UK :(
    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Oh no, that's such a shame, maybe if you come back to the UK you can go crazy for them and make it for it haha!

      xx

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  9. These recipes look so good! I would love to try courgetti but I don't have a spiralizer but maybe a slicer could work. Definitely going to try the chocolate mousse!

    Sarah | What Sarah Writes

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    1. I honestly couldn't recommend investing in a spiralizer enough. Not too expensive either considering how much you'll use it.

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  10. I need to try this recipe! I never really thought of putting courgette like that with meatballs but it looks yummy!

    Emmy | EmmysBeautyCave | Bloglovin

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  11. The idea of courgette replacing pasta usually fills me with sadness but the tommie sauce looks delish and tons of parmesan I think would fix things! The avocado mousse is genius isn't it? I was convinced you'd be able to taste the avocado but alas not. Banana sounds like a good addition, will have to try that

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    xx

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    1. Haha I love good old pasta too but for occasional healthy spouts, it's a good alternative! Bloomin love avocado mousse too :)

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  12. mmmm the food looks so good I'm actually so hungry right now I may have try this out and I have a spiralizer with I can use!
    Cera
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    1. It's so good, I'd really recommend trying it out :)

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  13. This looks amazing! Definitely need to try this out. Thank you for sharing this.

    Georgie
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  14. Oh. My. God. My mouth is watering. It looks SO GOOOD. AND IT'S HEALTHY TOO! I would love to make the mousse...though can't promise the amount I eat will be healthy. Hahaha!

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  15. Haha 'the chef next door' you could totally start a feature on your blog called that! I love courgetti so I will 100% be trying the first recipe. The dessert looks great but it freaks me out that it's got avocado in it haha - can you taste it or is it just nice and chocolatey?
    Amy xx
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    1. Haha can you imagine, it would be the most basic things ever! Honestly you don't taste the avocado at all, it's just really creamy.

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  16. Oh my GOSH the chocolate avocado moose looks divine - a great, playful twist on an ordinary mousse. Yum, yum...

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  17. These would help me both with my love of courgetti and chocolate mousse, SO HUNGRY.

    Lauren x
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  18. Yum, yum! Have saved this post to make these! My Mam has so many courgettes at the moment that she doesn't know what to do with so I'll give that courgetti a go! Is the sprializer expensive? xx

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    1. Definitely try them hun, they're so delicious! I've linked the spiralizer lovely :)

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  19. Both dishes look wonderful! My mouth is watering over them! The dessert looks so yummy

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    1. They're honestly SO tasty, couldn't recommend them enough!

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  20. I love zoodles! I havent tried them with meatballs yet but that sounds amazing!! Yum!

    <3 Shannon
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  21. Lovely twist on the classic spaghetti/meatball combination! I have bought a spiralizer a few month ago and have not used it once! I think I have to rectify this issue right away ;-)

    Miriam
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  22. This is such an awesome idea, we love meatballs and replacing the spaghetti with a healthier ingredient is genius! We have to try making this soon!

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