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.  

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.

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!

My “Chuck it all in” Vegetable Soup

This soup is brilliant for using up veg that you have in the cupboard or fridge that may be starting to go past its best.  It's also great because it means that the kids will have quite a lot of their 'five a day' in one meal and because it's smooth they don't act suspicious about what's in it.  In fact whenever I make it they ever moan and quite often ask for seconds.