Chicken Courgetti with Pesto, Sun Dried Tomatoes and Mozzarella

We eat a lot of pasta. In fact we eat a lot of carbs full stop. One of the main reasons is probably convenience, so the freshly prepared courgetti from Quinfresh was a lovely change to traditional pasta.

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I had never tried spiralized veg until recently, when my friend made me a Thai curry with spiralized carrot added. I really liked it, so when Quinfresh contacted me I was more than happy to try out some of their products.

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The spiralized carrot was a hit with Harry, who liked snacking on it. Raw carrot sticks are too hard for him, but the carrot spirals were easy, and more fun for him to eat. They were also good in tuna wraps with houmous and olives!

We then tried the courgetti with chicken, pesto, sun dried tomatoes and mozzarella. Kind of an experiment, but the result was really tasty. The courgetti was very easy and quick to stir fry, and did resemble pasta more than I thought it would!

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 2 chicken breasts, marinated in salt, chilli, oregano and olive oil
  • 1 pack Quinfresh courgetti
  • 8 sun dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 ball mozzarella, chopped into small pieces
  • 1/2 jar green pesto

Method

  • Fry the chicken in olive oil for 5 minutes, add the sun dried tomatoes and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  • Remove from the pan and add 1 tbsp olive oil. Add the courgetti and stir fry for 3 minutes. Drain any excess water.
  • Add the chicken and sun dried tomatoes back to the pain and add the mozzarella. Stir for a few minutes on a low heat.
  • Add the pesto and stir well before serving.

The result was very tasty, quick to make, and didn’t give me that heavy, too full, feeling that pasta does. The one criticism I have is the portion size – the pack contains just 185 grams or 2 servings, and I think we could have eaten as least double that amount!

The next thing we are planning to try is cauliflower rice – sounds strange but maybe we will be converted! Thanks Quinfresh for giving us some alternatives to the usual carbs!

Love, Laurel

We have a Walker!

We have a walker! Wow what a big change it makes! Harry started walking almost three weeks ago, at the age of fourteen and a half months. He had been cruising around furniture, walking holding our hands and pulling up on anything and everything for such a long time. However with regards to walking, we felt like it was never going to happen! He didn’t stand alone at all.

But one night after work he literally just started walking and didn’t stop. It was amazing! He could stop and start, change direction, regain his balance and even walk backwards within two days.

walking baby

Now that we have a walker on our hands it feels like he has made the official leap from baby to toddler. To watch Harry toddle around is an absolute joy and he is so funny up on his feet. He is really relishing his new independence , and we have noticed such a change in his temperament and development in the last few weeks. He is even sleeping and eating better. All subject to change I know!

Harry loves to explore the world around him and gets so much enjoyment from stomping around our house.  The better weather has allowed us to take him to beaches and parks and he has really loved exploring and playing outside now that he is fully mobile.

14 month old baby boy

Suddenly it feels like our little baby is a fully fledged little boy. Harry has started saying a few words and we can communicate with him so much more. He is copying things we do and gaining more independence. He has such a cheeky smile and is really funny. He is also sensitive, loving and a bit shy. The bonds he has with us and his extended family are deepening and it’s so lovely to see him feeling comfortable, secure and happy in his surroundings, as well as introducing him to new environments and experiences as much as we can.

Our little boy  is literally into everything now – nothing is safe! He gets his hands into every drawer and cupboard possible and anything he can reach is fair game. We really need to keep an eye on him and all of our belongings are slowly moving to higher shelves! At the same time is lovely to watch him explore and work things out.

Harry we are so proud of you!

Love, Laurel

A weekend away was just what we needed

I’ve been back at work for four months now, and sometimes the daily grind of trying to ‘do it all’ takes its toll. It’s a mad rush in the mornings, and a mad rush to get home to Harry at the end of the day! Then its dinner, bath, books and bed – which can sometimes be unpredictable! By the time we have done it all, and sorted the house out, not to mention everything for the next day, we are done in!

Sometimes you just need to get away, clear your head and slow down a bit. So last weekend’s trip away was just what we needed.

We headed off on Saturday morning to the north coast of Northern Ireland where we spent three perfect days. The weather was a bit up and down but Harry had the absolute time of his life! He was in great form and really loves being in our caravan – it’s the simple things haha! He wasn’t interested in the bag of toys we brought from home; instead favouring the ancient caravan board games and a big tub of crayons which might have actually been mine from years ago.

We took Harry to the beach and he loved crawling around and playing in the sand. He loved the texture and digging his little hands in to it. Kept him amused for ages! We also took him to an amusement/fairground type place; the famous ‘Barrys’, and he loved it there too. We fed the ducks, went to the park and had a picnic too.

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In the late afternoon and evenings we played, napped (amazing) and had dinner. Harry slept well and ate well and generally thoroughly enjoyed himself!

Ballycastle is just over an hour from home, but just getting away for 3 days to somewhere quiet, beautiful and simple, with a slower pace of life and not a lot on the agenda, was absolutely perfect!

I don’t think we have relaxed so much since before Harry was born!

Love, Laurel

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