Tip A Wink To Tasty Tuesday

Tasty Tuesday this week brings you a very simple dish I made up from a few left overs and some ingredients I was given by a friend who works in catering.

To be honest it isn’t actually a very expensive dish to prepare and one that is so easy it would be a shame not to tell you about it here…

Today I offer you Shiitake Mushroom and Lean Mince Ragu with Pasta Penne.

Like the sound of it?

Well lets get on!

So what do we need?


  1. 200gms of Lean Pork Mince
  2. 1/2 a Red Onion Chopped
  3. 200gms (Dry Weight) Pasta Penne
  4. 1/4 Red Bell Pepper, 1/4 Orange, 1/4 Yellow. All de-seeded and chopped
  5. 2 small Chilli’s de-seeded and sliced
  6. 2 Cloves Garlic finely chopped
  7. 130gms Shiitake Mushrooms
  8. 500gms of Passata (Strained Tomato)
  9. Salt and Pepper to taste
  10. Parmesan Chees to taste



Firstly brown off the mince. Whilst that is cooking, measure out the 200gms of pasta and add to some water, bring to boil and simmer until pasta is cooked.


Chop and prepare the mixed peppers, onion, garlic and chilli’s


Then roughly cut up the Shiitake mushrooms


Once the mince is browned, drain off any excess fat and add the Passata.


Bing up to temperature and allow to simmer for 5 minutes before adding the pre prepared peppers, onion, garlic and chilli’s


Let that cook for 5 minutes allowing their flavours to mix


Take the cooked pasta and strain it


Then add the Ragu sauce which will be nice and thick by now


Before mixing in well and allowing to gently cook for several more minutes.


Serve in a Bariatric size bowl


And Eh, Voila!

Tasty, cheap and healthy. A little on the carbohydrate side but that is simply from the Penne. Season with salt and pepper to taste, it should be spicy and the peppers should still have the crunch from not being too over-cooked. Serve with some grated Parmesan Cheese for extra flavour.

FOOD DIARY: Sunday 12th July 2015

Qty Measure Food Calories (gr) Protein (gr) Carbs (gr) Fat (gr)
Breakfast  1  Large Lean Sausage  111  12  3  8
 1  Large  Poached Egg  82  7.8  0  5.7
 2  Small  Rasher Smoked Bacon  244  52  0  35
 1  150gms  Spicy Chicken Breast  172  33.4  1.3  3.4
 1  80gms  Wholegrain Rice  101.6  2.24  18.64  1.68
 1  160gms  Salmon In BBQ Sauce  282  25.5  2.7  18.75
 1  80gms  Wholegrain Rice  101.6  2.24  18.64  1.68
Snacks  1  22gms M and S Lentil Crisps  89  3  14.6  1.8
 1  Small  Costa Capuccino  63  5.4  9.5  0.5
 1/2  Small  Costa Chocolate Crunch  164.5  0  21.7  7.8
Totals  1410.7  143.58  90.08  84.31
Water  3  500mls  Fizzy Water  0  0  0  0

So a days eating that felt right and was all fairly healthy (and high in protein) apart from the lentil crisps and the chocolate crunch and you know what, ordinarily I would beat myself up about the extra calories but I won’t even if I was still a lazy chap on the Sunday of this diary.

After all, we need to give ourselves a break every now and then don’t we…. 😉

As yesterday was yet another rest day, there is nothing to report but please do tune in for the screenshots tomorrow because after a three day lay off of exercise, I will be raring to go I am sure….

‘Till tomorrow,

Stay out of the fridge.

6 thoughts on “Tip A Wink To Tasty Tuesday

  1. Osyth says:

    Looks really delicious. For a lower carb version, I guess we could substitute Quinoa? Definitely one for me to try (though Shitake would be pretty much impossible for me to find here … my French friends would think I was swearing, I fear) so I will substitute something local … 🙂

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    • Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet says:

      Bon Chance Mademoiselle!
      I think Quinoa or Bulgar wheat would be equally delicious.
      I did find I needed plenty of salt and pepper along with Parmesan.
      The Shiitake is the very meaty so you could substitute with large chestnut mushroom I suppose, just don’t chop them too finely, rough quarters would be ideal I reckon to give it that filling feeling.
      It was really just an experiment in making something super easy and quick with stuff in the kitchen.
      Like I have shiitake in my kitchen, just “hanging around” waiting to be cooked…!

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      • Osyth says:

        Don’t shatter the illusion – I thought you had a special Shitake compartment in the fridge for just such a mushroom emergency. Thank youfor the tips 🙂

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  2. Aubrie says:

    yuuuuuuuuum! that looks delicious!!! I bet if you really wanted to take carbs completely out, you could use like a spaghetti squash or some other kind of veggie cut into noodles, like zucchini. mmmmm both sound wonderful!!

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