Do you ever have one of those days where you feel like experimenting with food? I do. Not many as many as I would like, but some. Sometimes I remember something we ate somewhere and I try to replicate it, or I just think of a combination of ingredients and I need to see what I can do with them.
This recipe is a product of one of those days and it has made it to the top 5 favourite dishes in my house, which makes me really happy (yay!!). It is usually served on those days where you need the kids to eat quickly before swimming or karate as I know they are going to devour it (big Monkey pretty much inhales it), or before a birthday party when you want to give them something healthy to eat before the sweet fest.
This recipe is fresh, creamy, healthy and full of goodness. I used to make a big pot of sauce expecting left overs that I could freeze, but I know better now – there is never any left. Mr B loves it, even though he is not a courgette fan, and the pot is always wiped clean by him.
PORK IN COURGETTE SAUCE (serves 4)
– olive oil
– handful of sage
– 1 medium onion
– 1 large leek
– 3 courgettes
– 1 lemon
– 3 cloves of garlic
– 300 grs of low-fat cream cheese
– chicken stock
– 400 grs of pork pieces
Place a pot on low heat and pour two spoonfuls of olive oil. Add the finely chopped onion to the oil followed by the finely chopped leek. Leave the mixture on low heat for about 10 minutes until it gets soft and sweet.
After 10 minutes, add the chopped garlic, the chopped sage and the zest of the lemon and stir.
Chop the lemon in half and add one half to the pot.
Add the peeled and chopped courgettes and stir. Season with salt and pepper.
Cover the pot and leave the vegetables to sweat for 15 minutes.
Add enough hot chicken stock to cover the mixture and and let it simmer for further 10 minutes.
When the 10 minutes are up, take the pot of the heat, remove the lemon from the pot and add the cream cheese. Stir so that the cream cheese melts and blend the mixture to a smooth consistency.
Season the pork pieces with salt and pepper, and fry them quickly on a hot pan and add them to the courgette sauce, juices and all. Place the pot on a low heat for about 5 further minutes so the meat, the sauce and all the juices have time to become best friends.
I love serving this with bulgar wheat or quinoa. Delicious and super healthy – the best combination better.
What is your favourite dinner? Did you come up with it?
I like serving this with bulgar wheat or quinoa. So good and yet so healthy! Double yay!