There’s nothing quite like a hearty, homemade Slow Cooker Bolognese, especially when it’s bursting with nutritional goodness. Let’s dive into this delicious recipe, which not only tantalizes the taste buds but is also packed with health benefits.
Featured in our marinara sauce and tomato paste, these red jewels are packed with lycopene, a potent antioxidant. Lycopene fights free radicals that can damage skin cells, leading to premature aging. It also promotes gut health by acting as a prebiotic, feeding the good bacteria in your gut.
This quality meat is a powerhouse of omega-3 fatty acids, which are anti-inflammatory. Reducing inflammation can help combat acne and other skin issues. Moreover, grass-fed beef is rich in zinc, a mineral essential for skin development, inflammation control, and the production of hormones. So, if it’s within your budget, always opt for grass-fed beef to get the most bang for your nutritional buck.
These fungi are more than a tasty addition. Shiitakes are known to boost liver function, aiding in detoxification. A healthy liver is essential for hormonal balance and clear skin.
Avocado oil is a fantastic Vitamin E source for skin health, healing, and anti-aging. Additionally, it supports liver detox processes and promotes good gut health.
This tangy addition aids digestion, promotes a balanced gut microbiome, and helps detoxify the liver.
Gluten-free Pasta: Perfect for those looking for a traditional touch without the gluten. Gluten can sometimes be a culprit in skin issues for some individuals, so opting for gluten-free is a great choice. I love noodles made from organic brown rice, quinoa, cassava or chickpeas/lentils.
Zucchini Noodles: A low-carb, hydrating, and skin-friendly option. Zucchinis are packed with water and Vitamin C, aiding in moisturizing the skin and promoting collagen production. Use a spiralizer to turn zucchini into the perfect “zoodles” for this Slow Cooker Bolognese. See the instructions on how to cook them here.
Cauliflower Mash: This comforting accompaniment is a low-carb alternative to mashed potatoes and benefits liver health. Cauliflower contains compounds that support liver detox processes. I love steaming the cauliflower and adding it to the blender with a splash of full-fat coconut milk, lemon, garlic, sea salt and a little vegan butter (I use Nuts for Cheese or Miyoko’s).
Prepping the Veggies
Finely chop your onion, carrot, and celery. These form the aromatic base known as ‘mirepoix’ in cooking. These veggies and thinly sliced shiitake mushrooms bring a depth of flavour and added nutritional boost to the dish. Shiitakes are known for their immune-boosting properties and high vitamin D content.
In a pan, heat up that avocado oil, a healthier fat choice, and sauté your veggies until they are slightly golden and aromatic. This process helps in releasing the flavours and making them even more delicious. Once done, transfer them to your slow cooker.
Using the same pan, add in your grass-fed beef. Brown it evenly, ensuring every bit is cooked through. Deglazing the pan with apple cider vinegar is a magical step. This process lifts all those yummy caramelized bits from the bottom of the pan, intensifying the flavour of the Slow Cooker Bolognese. Once your beef is ready, toss it into the slow cooker as well.
Slow Cooking Magic
Add in that vibrant marinara sauce, rich tomato paste, aromatic minced garlic, and your assortment of seasonings. The slow cooking process allows the ingredients to meld together beautifully, resulting in a Bolognese sauce that’s rich, flavorful, and deeply satisfying.
This versatile Slow Cooker Bolognese can be served over your favourite gluten-free pasta, zucchini noodles for a low-carb option, or even a creamy cauliflower mash for a comforting touch.