But then there were no courgettes in the shops.
And then my balsamic reduction went to pot.
So I improvised with what I had in front of me.
The result was the most simple, fresh, delicious spaghetti dish.
It almost didn't feel worth posting about, but I think it can be so easy to forget the really simple things once you've got into a pattern of trying to experiment with your meals more.
- 1tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 garlic clove, finely minced
- black pepper and sea salt, to taste
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
- 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 2 large tomatoes, chopped
This doesn't really need instructions: olive oil in a pan, add the garlic, tomatoes, then cooked spaghetti and finish with basil and lemon juice!
It made a really nice change to a thicker tomato-based sauce, and felt like a very fresh, light dinner for an easy evening.
When I don't feel inspired around dinnertime, I sometimes panic and default to foods that really aren't the best for me. This reminded me that the simplest of meals can be fresh, reasonably healthy but very speedy and fuss-free.