My family love pesto and I make it all the time. It’s easy to make and it freezes beautifully so I often double up and freeze it. This version is a simple pesto with a load of raw spinach added in for extra veggie goodness. It’s delicious and full of good stuff!
Feta & Leek Chicken
This was a recipe I saw in a recipe kit a few years ago. I remember reading it and not being sure about it. But, I made it, loved it and have made it time and time again since.
It doesn’t get much simpler than this pasta dish but that doesn’t make it any less delicious! It’s full of flavour and goodness and can be so easily adapted to suit what your family likes.
One of the most common questions I get asked is how I get my children to eat veg. And this is definitely one of those ways; adding it to their favourite dishes. Here I‘ve used half vegetables (lightly steamed cauliflower and broccoli) and half pasta as the base with a little cheese sauce on top. This way it’s not heavy, full of good stuff but still so tasty and satisfying. We like our veg chunky but if you’re worried your littles won’t eat it like this, chop up the veg into small pieces. Cauliflower is especially easy to hide in this dish because it’s the same colour and when cooked it’s a similar texture to pasta. I don’t know about your family but mine are always arguing over the crispy bits!
Thai Green Curry Paste
I love making this stuff! My family love it too and it’s so versatile. Cook in a little coconut oil, add coconut milk & veg/ meat/ fish to make a curry; add coconut milk and veg stock to make a soup with whatever noodles you like, add oil to make it a salad dressing ... and for bonus points it freezes beautifully too. This is the basic recipe but play around with it to suit your tastes.
Red Pepper Pesto Pasta
Peppers are a funny one with my children... they both love them raw (yay!) but only the red ones. They don’t like them cooked when the pieces are visible but they love them when blended into a sauce. Sooo ... red pepper pesto is a regular in our home. It’s also delicious as a dip, over grilled chicken or fish, potato salad.... and it freezes beautifully so I often double up and freeze a portion.
Cauliflower & Cashew Curry
This curry combines some of my favourite ingredients and flavours. You can use home made curry paste or a good quality store bought one... making it fast enough for a weekday meal.
Meatballs & Spaghetti
Who doesn’t love meatballs and spaghetti?! My kids really enjoy this meal and when they ask for it I happily make it, but with a few tricks I’ve found a way to make it quick and even easier.
Pea & Prawn Risotto
Risotto is one of those dishes that seems difficult but is actually so easy. The best tips I have for making risotto are:
Prepare your ingredients before you start cooking. This makes it much easier rather than scrambling looking for things whilst you are cooking
Stir continuously, this helps release the starch from the grains and gives the lovely creamy texture we want
Make sure the stock is really tasty, as this is where a lot of the flavour comes from, and is kept hot during cooking