Posts Tagged "vegetables"

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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pasta di salsiccia, spinaci e finocchio (sausage, spinach and fennel pasta)

Posted by on Jan 10, 2012 in favourites, main meal recipes | 6 comments

pasta di salsiccia, spinaci e finocchio (sausage, spinach and fennel pasta)

A little good quality meat, a lot of vegetables, and a zing of fennel that’ll make your family’s tastebuds sit up and take notice. This quick but delicious pasta dish I learned in Sicily is a revelation and I’m really excited to share it with you.  Sicilian sausages are often flavoured with fennel, but as I couldn’t find any like these in butchers and supermarkets near me, I added fennel seeds instead whilst cooking and the end result tastes just as good. You can add less if you want to introduce the flavour more gently, but my 3 year old loved the taste and only frowned at a stray spinach stalk that escaped the blender.  If you have spinach rebels in the house, then try carrot, courgette or any other veg instead, as long as its softened enough to whizz up.  Let me know what you think! 

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