14 June 2013

Quick and healthy sauces are a lifesaver for any busy parent

Quick and healthy sauces are a lifesaver for any busy parent

I hope you all tried my children's healthy recipe of pea pesto. It's colour is not the most appetising but kids love different colours. My little boy is a very fussy eater and went through a period of not eating peas but ate my pea pesto that he helped to make. He is now eating peas again, so all is good.

Well, on the theme of pestos, below is my healthy red pepper pesto recipe. Pestos are quick and easy to make, tasty and also healthy. My belief is that if you have prepared and cooked it yourself, it is healthier and better for you than shop bought food. Obviously there are parameters here, as deep fat frying everything at home would not be healthy but this cooking method once in a while won't hurt you.

Our lives are all so busy these days and many of us put cooking near the bottom of our to do list. Many of us work, whether part-time or full-time and fitting everything in to our daily schedule is difficult.

Anyway this sauce is a firm winner with most kids. Get them to help you if you can. It does not involve much mess which is always bonus.

More quick, easy and healthy sauces to follow.

Red pepper pesto
4 whole red peppers from a jar (you can buy these form most supermarkets but Turkish/Mediterranean sops sell these in abundance)
3 tbsp grated Parmesan
3 tbsp olive oil
1 garlic clove
A pinch of salt and pepper
  1. Remove the garlic clove from it's skin. Then place it with the rest of the ingredients into a mini food processor (if you don't own a food processor, a bowl and hand blender work just as well)
  2. Whizz the ingredients together until they have all combined. If a little thick, add a tbsp or two of water until the consistency is wet and easy to stir
  3. Add to freshly cooked pasta and mix well
  4. Sprinkle an extra tbsp of grated Parmesan over the top for that extra cheesy taste

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