Our Favourite Italian Recipe – Ragu or Carbonara? {Dolce Vita Bloggers}

We get through so much pasta on a weekly basis in our house. Pesto is our favourite for a quick family meal on a school night but when we have people round for dinner we always do one of the same two recipes.  One is a Classic Ragu Bolognese from The Chiappa Sister's book "Simply Italian" and the other is a Courgette Carbonara from Jamie Oliver's book "Jamie at Home".  I've made these over and over again over the past few years and we never get tired of them so why not have a go and let me know which one you prefer?

Smoked Fish Curry

I always thought I didn't like curry, I thought they were too spicy and I was really unsure of the ingredients but over the past couple of years I developed a taste for them. I especially love fragrant and creamy curries and I still don't like too much heat.  This recipe is inspired by a Gousto box recipe we tried a few weeks ago and Jamie Oliver's comfort food tikka masala. I mixed up the ingredients and it turned out so tasty!

The Best Spaghetti & Meatballs with Spice-N-Tice

I'm really passionate about home cooking and making nutritious meals from scratch but being a super busy working Mum, I also a massive fan of a shortcut if it's done with good quality ingredients and no artificial stuff.  I want to know where things come from and I want my boys to learn about good food.  I  want them to be enthusiastic about food and learn that real cooking doesn't have to take all day and that anyone can do it.  You may know by now that I love comfort food and I think spaghetti and meatballs along with lasagna are Italy's ultimate comfort foods. This recipe is a family favourite that I have reinvented using Spice N Tice's Italian Meatball Marinara Seasoning Kit.

Extra Greens Pesto

We love pasta with pesto in this house. It's our staple, our go-to meal when we want something quick and easy to prepare, my super quick work lunch. The boys love it with tortellini or gnocchi, Matteo loves it with spaghetti.  When I started cutting out gluten and dairy about two years ago I worried that I would't be able to eat pesto anymore and if the dairy free alternatives would be tasteless.  Thankfully there are a few that are really nice, of which Sacla is my favourite and on my shopping list every week.  

Eating for Health as a Family – Guest Post by Tamar N Henry

Ten years ago my first son was born, and immediately I fell in love with wanting to do everything I could to nurture and raise him well. Jul developed normally in so many ways and for the most part he was a happy little guy, but Jul was also suffering. He was unusually and frequently sick, he already had many negative reactions to breast milk and then foods, he was itchy and sensitive, the list goes on. At the time the doctors were stumped as to what was causing Jul to be so poorly and over time it only became worse.