I don’t particularly like long, drawn out introductions so here are the basics:
My name is Lucille
I have an almost-two year old gorgeous little terror called Ivy
I am a part time Psychology student
I bloody love to cook!
I know how difficult it is to come up with healthy, easy meals for our little ones; I quickly found that just steaming plain vegetables and putting them on a plate simply doesn’t cut it for Ivy. I am constantly coming up with new ideas for nutritious and quick meals that are veggie-friendly but still full of flavour and thought it was about time I share!
This week I had it in my head that I wanted to eat butterbeans. I find that pulses and beans tend to come second to salty meat like bacon and sausages in most meals, they don’t get nearly enough credit. Following my discovery of real smoked paprika last week, I realised that the strong, smokey flavour could easily substitute real meat. I wasn’t sure whether to go with pasta or couscous but Ivy makes most of the decisions in this household and is growing increasingly suspicious of couscous, so tagliatelle it was. So,while simultaneously watching Ivy and her toddler boyfriend dancing to The Paragons and smearing play doh artfully into my cream carpets, I came up with this dish and MY GOD was it delicious:
Roasted vegetables and smoked paprika butterbeans with tagliatelle. (Serves 2 adults, 1 hungry kid)
You will need:
1 red onion
2 cloves garlic
1 half of a red pepper
1 half of a courgette
Half a packet of cherry tomatoes – around 150g
Smoked paprika (pimenton)
Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas 6
Chop the courgette into quarters, the red pepper into chunks and halve the cherry tomatoes
In a bowl, mix with a good amount of olive oil, and season
Put in the oven for 20-30 minutes, until cherry tomatoes begin to caramelise
Meanwhile, boil a pan of water and add 200-250g tagliatelle, depending on how much you like your carbs!
Slice the red onion into half strips and heat olive oil in a pan.
Gently fry the onion for five minutes and then add 1 tablespoon smoked paprika and the butter beans and fry for another 5 minutes.
Take roasted vegetables out the oven, mix in with the butter beans, add fresh chopped parsley and pour over the pasta. And hopefully it will look a little like this:
(Without the blob of pesto on the side of the bowl. Long story.)
While the roasted veg could probably be substituted for any other vegetable, and the butter beans could be swapped for other beans or pulses like chickpeas or cannellini beans, the two most essential ingredients are the smoked paprika and the cherry tomatoes. I am totally obsessed with roasted cherry tomatoes, they create such a delicious rich and slightly sweet flavour – very appealing for the little ones. Even the boyfriend was impressed by this one and he is one of those annoying people who disregard any meatless meal as proper food, what a philistine.
Right, back to unsuccessfully scraping play doh off of my poor carpet.