Friday, 23 May 2014

Quick and easy wins the race: Smoked trout and green veggie pasta

These last weeks of pregnancy - combining working full time with growing a person full time have completely wiped me out. If you read my meal plannning Monday posts you'll have no doubt noticed the ever growing reliance on chicken kievs, leftovers, and fresh pizza - all purchased with the sole purpose of getting a meal on the table in less than 30 minutes. However, despite having been a favourite since my teens, I'm starting to get a bit bored of chicken kiev. I know, who'd have thought it!

I thought I'd try and pop a few recipes (in the loosest possible way of describing them) up here for when I have even less time but also for anyone else who needs cooking and eating to be quick and easy but doesn't see why that has to mean forfeiting taste.

With all due respect to Mr Oliver who has 2 books on this very subject, this is nothing to do with his lovely recipes, which I can cook in just under an hour for the most part. Entirely my fault and not his I'm sure, but hopefully this one has a bit less erm... well... faffing?

Smoked trout and spring veggie pasta (serves 2)

Wholewheat pasta - I have a mug I fill up, but it weighs out at around 150g
10 (or so) brocolli florets
1 packet sugar snap peas (less any I snaffle whilst cooking)
2 smoked trout fillets
1 lemon

3-4 tablespoons cream

Bring a pan of water to the boil and add your pasta, this will take 10-12 minutes to cook which will be all the time you're cooking as such
Flake the trout fillets into a bowl (I use the one I'm going to eat from to save washing up)
Grate some lemon zest - about half
After the pasta has been cooking for 5-6 minutes add your brocolli to the pasta pan and continue to cook
At 9 minutes add your sugar snap peas
Check how cooked your pasta is at 10 minutes - leave it to 12 if you prefer it less al dente
Drain the pasta and veg into a colander and put it back in the hot pan
Add your lemon zest, trout, cream to taste and lots of black pepper

Serve. You can have it with salad, or fresh crusty bread - but to be honest I'm quite happy with it as it is, eaten from a bowl resting on the bump.

Next time, chilli crab linguine - another 20 minuter.

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