Do you ever get sick of eating the same dinners day in and day out? Sometimes repetition makes the evenings easier, but then again, isn’t variety is the spice of life. I am a creature of habit. On any given weeknight you can likely find me cooking some form of chicken or salmon with roasted veggies and sweet potato. Absolutely delicious – but SNOOZE.
Today – I present to you, the easiest mussel dish. You’ll impress yourself and anyone else you serve it to. Although mussels seem to be a dish reserved for ordering at fancy restaurant, they are actually simple to make and require very few ingredients. This dish will be successful as long as you follow three important pieces of advice: buy fresh mussels, use them the same day you bought them and make sure that they are closed before cooking. If your mussels have opened up a bit- don’t panic, just tap them against the counter and they should start to close. Toss any that remain open after a few minutes.
125 grams of chorizo (I use spicy)
1 leek (well washed and roughly chopped – use only the white and light green parts)
1 jar of spaghetti sauce (try to use sauce with no sugar added)
1 tbsp coconut oil* (or olive oil)
2 cloves of garlic
pinch of pepper
*I use coconut oil because of the higher smoking point and nutritional benefits – for more information visit: Coconut Oil Benefits: When Fat Is Good For You
- In a large pot sauté leeks, garlic and chorizo in coconut oil (or olive oil) on med-high heat until fragrant. This should take approximately 8 – 10 minutes.
- Add mussels, a pinch of pepper and spaghetti sauce. Stir contents well to make sure the mussels are coated in sauce. Cover the pot and reduce heat to medium. Cook for 10 – 15 minutes or until the mussels have opened. Try not to peek at the mussels too many times.
- Remove lid and reduce heat to a simmer and stir. Allow the flavours to combine for at least 5 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy!
I find that this dish is best served in a large bowl and eaten with a spoon. The men in my life prefer to enjoy it over pasta – it is really up to you, but don’t forget to pour yourself a glass of wine to celebrate your cooking accomplishments! Hope you get a chance to try out this simple but delicious recipe!