Mean Beanz, Courgette Pasta and Egg

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Mean Beanz, Courgette Pasta and Egg

I recently received a new kitchen gizmo, purchased at our local SuperValu store. It cost €10. With its simplistic design, will reshape various vegetables into long strips, like spaghetti. A temporary moratorium on bread and pasta consumption within this household, proves it to be a handy device indeed. In this recipe, I used it to create courgette ribbons, adding some salt and pepper, with a hint of fresh lemon juice and dried oregano. Yummy!  It seems to also work well with carrots, and potato, for creating Rosti’s.

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Gourmet beans seem to be on trend at the moment. The Irish food company “Cool Beans” currently have a few great products out and about within this space. Heinz baked beans seemed to have market share on this type of food product for a long time, so its good that the humble bean is getting a face lift. The haricot bean variety are the most popular for mass production.

In the quest to create a healthy breakfast this morning, I created this dish. Using mainly butter beans with some chorizo, onions and smoked paprika, my “Mean Beanz” imparted a glorious smokey flavour. Served with the courgette spaghetti, pickled onions and a fried egg, it was a breakfast fit for a king.

Having recently heard the song “You Don’t Own Me” by Grace, all over the radio, I was really impressed by the song itself, and how it sounded so…vintage! After digging a little deeper, I found out it was actually a cover of the song previously released by Lesley Gore. I much prefer the original now. Todays culinary adventures are soundtracked by…

 

Fry the onion, garlic and chorizo for a few minutes until golden brown. Add in the beans, tomato sauce, mustard, smoked paprika, Worcester sauce, and simmer on a low heat for ten minutes. Finally, stir in the sugar, salt and pepper. If the mixture is too dry, add a little water. This can be consumed straight away, or if you have time, gently simmer for a longer period and a deeper flavour will form.

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped or grated
  • 1 inch piece of chorizo, finely chopped
  • 1 tin of butter beans
  • 1/2 tin of red kidney beans
  • 1 tsp of mustard
  • 400g of passata or other tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp of smoked paprika
  • 1 dash of Worcester sauce
  • 1 tsp of sugar
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 courgette
  • 1 egg
  • A few pickled onions

 

 

 

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