There’s a reason we all love quick recipes that can feed us almost instantly. You want a healthy meal with minimal prep time, and as little washing up as possible, that can fit somewhere in your busy schedule. So here is my go-to meal: the very delicious Ratatouille! Ready in just about 20 minutes, it makes a warm and comforting meal for any time of the day.
I love this kind of recipe because it is very forgiving. You can modify it depending on which veggies you have on hand and serve it with rice, couscous, pasta or bread. Add in some wholesome protein from chickpeas, beans or eggs and you have yourself a perfectly balanced meal packed with nutrients that is sure to satisfy your taste buds and your kids’ growling tummies!
Cook up a large batch and freeze leftovers in small containers for a quick weekday lunch or simply turn it into a delicious sauce and toss it the next day with freshly-cooked pasta (great way to sneak in more vegetables into your kids’ diet!) and there you have yourself two different meals from just one pot!
2 onions, 4 cloves of garlic, 6 ripe tomatoes, olive oil + any vegetables you have on hand. In this recipe I used: 2 aubergines, 3 courgettes, 1 red and 2 green peppers, 2 sweet potatoes, salt and lots (loots!) of pepper.
1. Roughly chop all your vegetables into equal sized pieces before starting.
2. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large casserole pan over medium-high heat. Add the chopped aubergines and peppers and fry for about 2 minutes.
3. Add in the onions and garlic with a little drizzle of oil if needed and fry for another 2 minutes.
4. Add the rest of the chopped vegetables to the pan, with a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Mix well, breaking up the tomatoes with the back of a spoon. You may add in some chickpeas or beans.
5. When the mixture comes up to a gentle boil, cover the pan and let simmer over medium heat for 15 minutes or until reduced and sticky.
6. Serve with your choice of rice, couscous, pasta or salad.
*Let mixture completely cool before freezing or blitzing into a pasta sauce.