Rocket and goats cheese pesto pasta

 

It’s been one of those weeks where I’ve been drowning in admin and feeling like I’m being pulled in ten different directions all the time – it’s been hectic! The busy year end season has definitely started and now more than ever I need recipes that I can get on the table fast. Did I mention that they need to deliver on flavour too? A quick pesto pasta is definitely a great option for those crazy days (plus pasta = comfort food = happiness).

 

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Movie night pizzas

 

Ah, I see the weekend on the horizon! We love Fridays around here. The end of the work week, no homework to worry about and a chance to kick back and engage relaxation mode. Friday nights are often movie night around here, and this pizza is regularly requested by the kids. As tempting as it is to rather pick up the phone and order in (and don’t get me wrong, we do that too!) this pizza is worth making from scratch and actually doesn’t require too much effort in terms of hands on cooking. It’s super delicious – perfect movie night food!

 

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Chicken with mushrooms and spinach

 

There is definitely a winter chill in the air! Bring on the boots, scarves, hot chocolate and cosy evenings by the fire, I love it all. Also, what better excuse to embrace comfort food (although if I’m honest I do that all year round) and dishes like this easy one pan chicken meal.

 

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Yakitori chicken and vegetable skewers

 

In honour of the 2021 Olympics I have taken inspiration from our friends in Japan for this tasty recipe. These simple and delicious yakitori skewers are fun to prepare and very tasty too!

 

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Quick creamy chicken pesto pasta

 

This week’s recipe doubles up as a quick midweek supper or a delicious lunch! I’ve used a zesty homemade basil pesto in this pasta dish along with sautéed chicken, cherry tomatoes and not forgetting the all important parmesan. This speedy meal is easy, filling and full of flavour.

 

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Aubergine parmigiana

Aubergine parmigiana

 

An oldie but a goodie, aubergine parmigiana is a scrumptious side dish that I absolutely love. This is classic comfort food that’s perfect for serving to a crowd alongside a main meal, (although I’ll happily enjoy it for lunch with a fresh side salad too).

 

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Leek fritters

 

Yotam Ottolenghi’s “Plenty” contains a wealth of vegetarian recipes and is a fantastic resource not only for vegetarians but for those wanting to include more veggies in their diets. Stuffed inside my copy of the book is a piece of paper on which I’ve scrawled the names of the recipes I want to try out first… needless to say the list is rather long! These delicious leek fritters are from the “Funny Onions” chapter.

 

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Tamari chicken tray bake

Chicken and veggie tray bake

 

I usually prepare some sort of chicken and veggie tray bake once a week at home. I find it easy with minimal effort required, and the reward of a tasty, nourishing dinner at the end. Today’s chicken and veg recipe is a fantastic week night supper option. The chicken is cooked in a tamari and honey marinade and served with roasted vegetables, simple and scrumptious.

 

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