Spinach & Ricotta Zucchini Involtinis

Ricotta lovers this one’s for you!

Spinach and Ricotta Zucchini Involtinis

Ricotta is one of my favourite soft cheeses and regularly used in Italian cooking. It’s soft smooth creamy consistency and mild flavour make is a perfect ingredient for pasta fillings, bread toppings, and in both savoury and sweet recipes.

Fresh is definitely best when it comes to buying ricotta, I highly recommend buying from a reputably Italian delis or supermarket that sells it fresh. If buying packaged you can find them cryovac sealed in a strainer for ultimate freshness.

This recipe though timely, is worth the extra effort. If you have made your own pre made sauce that will cut the time significantly. I know I say this a lot but it is true…like a lot of Italian home cooking, basic fresh ingredients cooked right make the most flavoursome meals.

I have opted to use thinly sliced zucchini ribbons to wrap the ricotta mixture in instead of traditional eggplant or pasta for a more nutritious carb free option.

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Baked Haloumi Mushrooms with Roasted Tomatoes, Beans & Basil Pesto

With limited visits to the grocery store these days, testing our skills to create meals with little ingredients we have on hand somedays can be challenging. I had one of those days, with only a couple of veggies in the fridge, some beans in the house and some homemade basil pesto I had made from my garden. Luckily with some Portobellos on hand, I came up with baked mushrooms.

This dish came out a treat so delicious with the basil pesto and the crispy yet soft centred cannellini beans added a lovely texture. Juicy roasted mushrooms and tomatoes, topped with the halloumi cheese which I happened to find but if you have no cheese it’s still perfectly delicious as it is.

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Vitamin C Enriched Broccoli & Spinach Soup

When we think of vitamin C our minds directly think of oranges and yes while they do contain substantial amounts of the vitamin did you also know that 1 cup of broccoli contains around the same amount of vitamin C to 1 cup of orange juice?

There was a good reason your mother always told you to eat your broccoli as a child and this is the reason why.

Creamy Broccoli & Spinach Soup
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Creamy Cauliflower and Lemon Spaghetti

Cauliflower is such a versatile vegetable used in a variety of different ways from soup, curries, rice, risotto, roasted, puréed, even a cauliflower pizza!

This pasta dish is so creamy and delicious made with the goodness of cauliflower. A simple ingredient dish which most of you would already have in your home. Cheap to make and satisfying on the taste buds also with a dairy free option. Bon Appetit!

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Zucchini & Corn Lunchbox Muffins

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This would have to be one of my all time favourite kids recipes that I make almost every week. Originally a zucchini slice recipe that my mother passed on to me when I had children, now I have shared this with so many of my friends and now you all.

My kids just love having them as individual size muffins. It’s easy for them to eat and makes for a perfect lunchbox size snack. Another way of hiding those pesky veggies in a way they will love with sweet corn, ham, eggs and cheese. They don’t last too long in my house so making a double batch is necessary for me if you want them to longer. Freezer friendly, wrap them in cling wrap and pack them frozen by lunch time they will be thawed just in time to eat. (more…)

Creamy Gnocchi with Mushroom, Bacon & Peas

Another quick and easy weekday dinner to share with you, gnocchi with a few ingredients and a creamy sauce. Gnocchi if you aren’t familiar with it are small potato dumplings traditionally made with mashed potato and flour. You could always make your own gnocchi and freeze them for a quick homemade meal mid- week or easy entertaining on weekends. We all need shortcuts in our lives from time to time so store bought are perfectly fine too.

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