What is it with human beings and learning to appreciate the good things in life?

Like sleeping. Why does it take decades, until you realize that sleeping is one of the coolest things around? In the last eight years, how many hours have I spent soothing my three kids for a nap? And during the same eight years, how many hours have I spent daydreaming of the possibility to take a nap myself?

Or eating green things.

Our three year old ate these cannelloni with great appetite, until he noticed that the filling is green. All of a sudden he didn't like them anymore.


ca. 200g cannelloni tubes

5 garlic cloves
2 shallots
1 onion
3 tbsp olive oil
1000g canned chopped tomatoes
2 tsp brown sugar
1 bunch fresh basil
salt & pepper to taste

Green filling:
200g kale
300g frozen spinach
500g ricotta cheese
75g parmesan cheese
1 egg
salt and pepper to taste

75g grated parmesan
  1. Finely slice the garlic cloves and onions.
  2. Heat the olive oil, add all garlics and onions and sauté on low temp for few minutes.
  3. Add the canned tomatoes and sugar and let the sauce simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste + some fresh basil.
  5. Bring a large pot of water to boil.
  6. Remove the stems of the kale leaves, chop the leaves finely and cook for about 10 minutes.
  7. Drain kale leaves and let cool.
  8. When cooled, squeeze all excess water of the leaves and then chop up once again.
  9. Do the same squeezing with the defrosted spinach as well and chop it up finely.
  10. In a bowl mix the ricotta cheese, kale and spinach, one egg and 75g grated parmesan cheese. Mix them together well and then add salt and pepper. 
  11. Preheat the oven to 225°C.
  12. Oil an oven tray. With help of a knife or a small spoon, stuff the filling into the cannelloni tubes and place them tightly to each other in the oven tray.
  13. After all the filled tubes are placed in the oven tray, spread over the tomato sauce.
  14. On top, sprinkle the grated parmesan.
  15. Make sure, all the pasta tubes are well covered with the sauce.
  16. Put it in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes.


  1. I know what you're talking about! But still I'll try your cannelloni, sounds delicious.
    With regards,
    ''Mother of three'

    1. Go for it! And if they spot the green filling, three words for you: Ice cream bribery.

  2. For years you try to convince that sleeping is the coolest thing around - and then you spend years trying to wake them up. So I have heard ;-)

    Luckily at this age I have already learned to love your greens. So this looks just perfect for me.

    1. We’re still stuck in the no matter how late you put them to bed, they still wake up by 7.30am phase. Can only imagine the waking-up-teenagers part of life ahead :)

      Enjoy the greens!