This is a quick and delicious recipe showcasing the best of summer veg with light and simple flavours.
These recipes are designed for you to cook together as a family. The best bits for children to help with are shown in blue, and little hands can always help with measuring ingredients and washing up!
- 1 tablespoon oil (1 tablespoon = approx. 3 teaspoons)
- 350g pasta, or about 5 mugs
- ½ bag spinach or 3 blocks frozen
- 4 tablespoons crème fraiche or dairy-free equivalent
- ½ lemon, squeezed or 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped or minced
- 75g sugar snap peas, sliced
- 100g cheese, grated
- 1 pack tenderstem broccoli
- Pinch salt and pepper
Serves 4. Approximate cost per adult serving: 90p
- Weigh out the pasta and cook according to the packet instructions.
- Wash the vegetables and chop any hard ends off the broccoli and slice any large pieces in half.
- Add the oil to a frying pan and fry the broccoli until starting to soften but still with bite, about 5 minutes. Then add the sugar snap peas and spinach. Allow to wilt down.
- Add the garlic to the frying pan and cook for a few minutes.
- Remove from the heat. Add the crème fraiche into the pan with the squeeze of lemon juice. If preparing for babies under 1 remove a portion of the sauce now. Then season with salt and pepper.
- Drain the pasta and keep 2 tablespoons of the cooking water. Add the pasta and the water to the frying pan with the vegetables and mix well until the pasta is coated.
- Top with the grated cheese and serve.
- Frying pan
- Chop up the pasta and veggies if preparing for babies under 1 or serve pasta and veggies as finger food. Remember to remove a portion before adding salt.
- Tinned or cooked fresh salmon also works well added into this recipe. Add at step 5.
- Normal broccoli, peas, asparagus, or mushrooms would work well in this recipe too.
- You can store leftovers in the fridge for an easy lunch the next day and leftover sugar snap peas are a great snack!
Broccoli is a great source of folate, also called vitamin B9, which is essential in early pregnancy.
Recipe adapted from Catch 77 CIC