Lentil Ragu – 3 Meal Ideas

This recipe serves two adults and two children as an accompaniment to pasta for one meal with at least three portions left over for other meals. I served this with brown rice spaghetti to make it a gluten-free vegan meal but you can use normal wheat pasta. I used nutritional yeast to give the sauce more flavour, if you don't have this and are not avoiding dairy or dairy intolerant you can stir in some parmesan cheese before serving.

Cooking with Kids – Homemade Pizza

As we only have a small kitchen we don't have room for a lot of gadgets, I literally have room for my kettle and (smoothie) blender that I use every day, add some post, a lunch box, two fruit bowls and some water bottles and it's more than cluttered!  If you're lucky enough to have a bigger kitchen than us and have a bread maker you can do the first bit of this recipe in it, saving some time.

Stuffed Courgettes

We're having a bumper crop of courgettes at the minute thanks to some amazing sunny weather and lots of rain too. I've also had two rather large marrows because I missed them underneath all the huge leaves and didn't go down to the vegetable patch for two days because of the rain.  I came up with this recipe and it worked really well, Oliver asked me as soon as he'd finished when i could make it again so I consider that a win!

Chocolate and Almond Granola

This granola is so simple and quick to make and you can store it for weeks in an airtight container.  You can eat it straight out the jar as a snack, with milk and/or yogurt for breakfast and you could always add in some fresh fruit, cherries would go great.  I like oat milk and Alpro plain soya yogurt with almond or The Coconut Collaborative plain coconut milk yogurt.

Roast dinner with Perfect Yorkshire Puddings

If you were to ask my boys what their favourite foods are their answers would be the perfect mix of English and Italian, just like them!  They love Yorkshire Puddings and Pancakes, Pizza and Pasta.  They absolutely love a roast dinner with gravy.  As an English person it's such a tradition and I have to say it's my favourite meal too.  Unfortunately I don't make a roast very often as I don't make the time to.  Sometimes it seems like a lot of work and I'm not very creative with the chicken leftovers (I tend to stick to the same two recipes - chicken pie or risotto) but when I do it's definitely worth it and there is no fuss from the boys and always clean plates at the end of the meal.  Who doesn't love a Sunday roast?