Swap your usual beef mince with turkey to pimp the protein and reduce the saturated fat content of this classic Italian dish. Protein can help maintain lean muscle in the body which even at rest, helps you to burn more calories. Bonus. A great lean dinner option without the heavy starchy carbs.
- 500g lean turkey mince (breast if available)
- 1 tsp coconut oil (sub virgin olive oil)
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 large carrot, chopped
- 3 celery sticks, chopped
- 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
- 1 tbsp tomato purée
- 2 x tins chopped tomato
- 1 ½ cups chicken stock (low-sodium)
- mixed salad leaves and kelp or konjac noodles to serve. If you can’t get your hands on these, mashed pumpkin or cauliflower would work just as well.
- Heat a large non-stick frying pan and cook the turkey mince until browned.
- Add a splash of oil and gently cook the onion, carrot and celery until softened (10 mins).
- Add mushrooms and garlic, cooking for 2 mins, then add tomato purée, and cook for 1 min more, stirring to avoid sticking. Add a splash of water to lubricate if needed.
- Add tomatoes, turkey and stock.
- Simmer for at 25 mins until thickened.
- Serve on a bed of fresh salad leaves and noodles / veg mash of choice.