Stuffed marrow – with turkey, spinach and sweet potato stuffing

So after what can only be described as a few weeks of gluttony, I decided to clean up my act food wise. Nothing too over the top, just a few vegetable filled meals to get me back on the right track. Thankfully, I actually love vegetables and decided to see this as a bit of a challenge. I also made friends with a greengrocer, but that’s a story for another day.

This stuffed marrow recipe is really straightforward and filling. It is a little time consuming to make but its well worth it. The sauce is pretty nice, but if you’re unsure you could always try stuffing your marrow with your favourite Bolognese recipe. I actually did a half quantity and froze half my sauce but the recipe below serves 4.

To make this you will need:

2 marrows

4oog mince (I used turkey thigh mince)

1 sweet potato

1 can chopped tomatoes

2 handfuls frozen spinach

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

100mls chicken stock

1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes

Vegetable oil

2 tablespoons plain yogurt (I used soy yogurt and it was fine)

1 onion

2 cloves garlic

 

Preheat your oven to 180°C (my oven seems to be constantly on at this temperature). Boil your kettle. Half your marrows and scoop the insides out with a metal spoon.

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Put onto a large tray and cover with your boiling water and leave to one side while your sauce cooks.

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Peel and chop your onion and crush your garlic. Peel and grate your sweet potato.

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Fry your onion and garlic until soft.

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Add your mince and really work it into the pan, so everything is cooked and no strings of mince form (if you are using quorn I doubt this will post a problem).

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Add your tomatoes, spinach, sweet potato, stock, chilli flakes and paprika. Mix together and allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes.

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The sweet potato should thicken the sauce nicely

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Take off the heat and add the yogurt.

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Add sauce to each half of the marrow. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the marrow goes soft.

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Enjoy! As a variation you could leave out the yogurt and top with cheese, or add in any other vegetable that you fancy.

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