Back to basics. Part 2

Hello again. I promised a follow-up and this is it.

Prepare to be excited by this one, I’ve really pulled out all of the stops and have a complete meal for you, which was a resounding success and resulted in two empty plates. I repeat; TWO EMPTY PLATES (and not because they’d thrown it all on the floor, or I’ve tossed it into the compost bin in anger, which are usually the only way plates get cleared in our house).

I’m calling it… Pesto Pasta. Groundbreaking, no, but if I say too many times out loud what is actually inside it, then either Boy A or Boy O will cotton on that it contains Actual Vegetables. Yes, Actual Green Vegetables. In fact, two different types of horrid green things. And for once they’ve not been blitzed in my food processor until they are microscopic. I’m very proud of myself.

I’ll keep it brief, because honestly there’s nothing new here, and also, it really did only take 10 minutes to prepare. Even less for Boy O to eat.

First-up, boil some pasta. Boy A picked up a packet of spelt pasta whilst in the shop today which I gladly bought for him, so we tried that out (it was yummy by the way, with lots of extra goodness and fibre, yet not at all tough like wholemeal pasta can be – bonus!)

Meanwhile, thinly chop a small leek and a couple of handfuls of curly kale. The key here is to chop the Offending Green Items very small. Also chop a chicken breast into small pieces (or not so small if chicken isn’t an Offending Food for anyone at your table).

Now, heat a little oil in a pan and gently fry the leek and kale for 5 or-so minutes until they’re nice a soft and even turning a little brown and / or crispy. Pop the chicken in and fry for another 5 minutes until cooked through. The chicken should be nicely coated in the Offending Green Items. Stir in a tablespoon of pesto and two tablespoons of soft cheese (or creme fraiche, should you prefer) and toss the sauce through the pasta to thoroughly coat it.

Serve with a sprinkling of black pepper, resisting the urge to offer grated cheese to go on top (it has cheese in it after all) and hold your breath, waiting to see whether they pick out the Offending Green Items and just eat the pasta and chicken. Or just the pasta in Boy A’s case.

Two. Empty. Plates. Hurrah.

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