Last night I just wanted to make something simple. Classic. Easy. That I knew we would all enjoy. Needless to say, none of us ate too much of the previous nights meal.
Classic Tomato Spaghetti
2 Cloves of garlic
1 Large Handful of Fresh Basil
2 400g Cans Of Chopped Tomatoes
2 Handfuls Of Cherry Tomatoes
A Pinch Of Chilli Flakes
First of all I brought a pan of water to the boil, added the spaghetti and let it simmer. I then roughly chopped the garlic, onion, cherry tomatoes and the basil. Next, I placed 1 can of chopped tomatoes in a blender, followed by onion, garlic, cherry tomatoes and then the other can of chopped tomatoes. I added the basil on top and started to blend for a couple of minutes. I then pulsed it for about half a minute until it was at a thick and almost creamy consistency that I like. When the spaghetti had cooked through, I drained it of and added the sauce to the pan to heat and cook through for about 3-5 minutes. To serve I grated a little cheese on top however I would usually use parmesan but I didn't have any on this occasion. I also added a few basil leaves to mine (Because I friggin' love it!)... And that is pretty much it. It was gorgeous!!!
We all really enjoyed the simplicity of this meal last night. It is definitely a reliable dinner time staple in our house. It is extremely tasty and incredibly easy to make. Winner!
One thing I have noticed over the past few weeks is that Els is barely eating any meals at dinner time. Even meals I know that she loves. She has NEVER been a fussy eater, so I am a little thrown. She does eat in the day so I make sure she eats a healthy breakfast, lunch and snacks but I am finding it very frustrating I have to say. I feel like I have tried every trick going. I am going to get her to cook with me a few times during this week and to get her to help pick out bits while we are shopping to see if that will make a difference but other than that... I am pretty stuck. Noah went through a phase, I am hoping it is that and she will snap out of it if we don't make it a big deal. If any of you have any tricks or experience with stubborn toddlers who won't eat their dinner... feel free to throw a little advice or a few tips this way. I would greatly appreciate it.
x Maria x