by Collette White | 17 April, 2019
Good Morning friends! I hope this finds you all well. I have been loving exploring easy and more affordable recipes lately. Especially for family meals. There is 6 of us in our family and when visitors come, which they regularly do (3 weeks in April have been filled with guests!), it does gets a tad expensive with food. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE having guests, I am just enjoying finding the simplicity in family meals, that are still healthy and nutritious (my standard!) and then are also often quick to prepare, even better when the days are spent out and about sight seeing with guests. I am planning on sharing these over the next few weeks and as they pop up. I hope you enjoy them. BTW, simple phone photos for most, sorry nothing fancier. Keeping it real!
1 packet pasta of choice
20 cherry tomatoes – halved
parmesan cheese – I buy the block and shave what I need with a peeler
1 tin chickpeas – drained and washed well
1 clove garlic
1 tblspn lemon juice
extra good pinch salt
1/2 cup oil of choice – I use sunflower as it doesn’t have flavour
Place all the ingredients for the hommus into a processor etc and blitz until smooth. You do want this hommus slightly runnier than you would usually make for a dip, so it mixes well into the pasta.
Prepare cherry tomatoes and parmesan.
Cook pasta, drain well.
Add the pasta to a large bowl, add the hommus and cherry tomatoes and stir thoroughly.
Serve into individual bowls, sprinkle with parmesan and extra pepper.
- this serves 4 – it can easily be doubled
- this is a basic recipe – you can get as creative and fancy as you feel or as your budget allows – you could add ingredients like olives, thinly sliced capsicum (raw or cooked), shredded baby spinach or rocket, shredded basil
- you can swap the parmesan for marinated feta
- if you can’t have cow’s cheese you can swap for cheese of choice, I usually use goats feta or sheep pecorino cheese
- if you are crazy stuck for time but don’t want the expense or unhealthiness of takeaway, you can buy prepared hommus in the fridge section of a supermarket. It isn’t as healthy as making your own and a tad more expensive but far better than most takeaway
Wishing you a truly wonderful week ahead! I look forward to connecting with you more again soon.
Take Care of You,
“If your household is anything like mine, afternoons and evenings can be chaotic with after school sports, homework and extra curricular activities. At the end of a long day the last thing I feel like doing is cooking, yet I know my family need to be fed!”
Collette White | Cut out the Crap Slow Cooking
“As a Mum of four, I understand what it is like to juggle fulltime work and being a fulltime Mum, whilst wanting to provide a healthy and tasty lunch box for my children that is not going to get sent home without being eaten or have me slaving in the kitchen for hours.”
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