Posts Tagged "10 minute meals"

spezzatino di pollo con piselli (quick chicken and pea stew)

Posted by on Mar 2, 2012 in main meal recipes | 3 comments

spezzatino di pollo con piselli (quick chicken and pea stew)

This quick and healthy recipe comes from a school dinner menu in Naples. I once interviewed the headmistress there about the challenges she faced dealing with kids from warring mafia clans. I doubt they sat together eating this stew at lunch time, but I’m told that it’s one of the most popular school meals. I’ve tested and tweaked the recipe, and I have to say that I’m impressed with how soft the meat is, and how sweet the peas are. I’m also big fan of easy dinners that tick both protein and veg boxes, but don’t make a lot of mess, or create a lot of washing up. This is definitely one of those ‘one pan wonders’. Serve with a jacket potato (no more pans needed). Also goes well with a dollop of mash or scoop of brown rice. Do let me know what you think. 

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frittata di zucchini e ricotta (courgette and ricotta frittata)

Posted by on Feb 1, 2012 in blog posts, main meal recipes | 4 comments

frittata di zucchini e ricotta (courgette and ricotta frittata)

This week I emailed a busy Italian journalist and mum I know in Rome and asked her what she cooks her kids when she’s up against it, with hardly any time to think, let alone plan meals, shop and cook. In case you hadn’t guessed, that’s where I’m at now. Too much going on, and too little time to do it in. But enough about me.  Her suggestion was simple and nutritious with the bonus of hidden vegetables. I had this frittata on the table in under 15 minutes from when I started making it. Daughter loved it, courgettes and all. Not sure she spotted them under the ketchup to be honest! She certainly wasn’t fooled by the lovely glossy cherry tomatoes you see in my photo. “I don’t eat tomatoes Mummy. Not ever.” So I served her tomato-free frittata along with some potato croquettes I remembered to pop in the oven. Leftover frittata can be eaten cold. 

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coppette di pomodoro al tonno (tomato and tuna salad cups)

Posted by on Aug 10, 2011 in main meal recipes | 2 comments

coppette di pomodoro al tonno (tomato and tuna salad cups)

What does an eccentric Italian composer cook his son? To be honest when I first asked him, the answer was … ‘frozen fish fingers’. Really? I asked, did you never cook anything yourself? He thought about it, then chuckled. A gravelly 40-a-day chuckle. ‘Tomato, tuna and egg salad’ he said.  ‘What was in it?’ I wondered. Unneccesary question. On one hand, this single Dad  totally bucks the stereotype of Italians slaving in the kitchen for family meals. On the other, he’s left me with little to work with except tomato, tuna and egg. I guess it’s what you do with it. So I’ve added some mayo, herbs and presentation to spruce it up. This meal was actually a surprise hit for the little person’s supper. She loved scooping the filling out of the tomato cup and spreading it on bread. I added a chopped anchovy and a few capers to the top of mine. Nice starter. Pass the wine. I’d like to stress that no pianos were hurt in this photo. 

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quick ricotta and nutmeg pasta

Posted by on Jul 21, 2011 in main meal recipes | 0 comments

quick ricotta and nutmeg pasta

A super quick life saver of a recipe. From start to finish, it takes 10 minutes. I was given this dish by a Sicilian anti-mafia campaigner, and dad of two. His day job doesn’t leave much time for cooking elaborate meals. So when he’s on duty in the kitchen, this is a speedy favourite. His kids love it, and I’ve been given some chubby thumbs up in my house too. I often cook this on a work day when I pick my daughter up from nursery and get her home to find that she’s still hungry.

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