Welcome, I’m Katia!

I’m the founder, recipe developer, and photographer behind The Clever Meal. My goal is to create and share easy, delicious, inexpensive recipes with people from all over the world.

The Clever Meal stemmed from my love for simple meatless meals made with everyday, budget-friendly ingredients. Not only are beans, pasta, and veggies delicious, but cutting out meat is also great for your health, wallet, and the planet.

Making great family meals is possible even if you’re short on time and on a budget!

Myself smiling and wearing a stripe top and blue jeans in front of my laptop, my white kitchen in the background.

A bit more about me…

I’m a former lawyer, boy mama, and girl who LOVES food. I was born in Italy, lived in wonderful San Francisco, and am currently based in London with my husband and my adventurous 9-year-old eater. 😍

As a kid, I was raised by the most typical Italian mum you could imagine. As far as I can remember, she was always busy in her kitchen, and her food was epic. That passion and love for home cooking have never left me.

I make everything from bean soup to spinach pasta to yogurt cake. My recipes are easy to follow and full of bold Mediterranean flavors. They are tested several times before being shared on this website and must be approved unanimously by the whole family. Yes, we take the tasting seriously!

Behind every recipe, photo, and blog post is just me—an everyday home cook, pizza, and pasta lover!

There is no artificial intelligence, no collaborators. The Clever Meal is one mum, one kitchen, one camera, and one laptop. I go grocery shopping, cook, fail, and try again. I take photos of my dishes, write everything myself (using a spell checker for English quite often! 😂), and look after my family and the house in between!  

This is my life, and this is the blog where I share my family recipes, quick meals, and budget recipes to feed a family. For starters, you must try my lemon ricotta pasta, one-pot lentil pasta (I’m not a pasta lover for nothing!), and my fabulous garlic chickpea soup (the vegan soup that went viral). Once you’ve made these dishes, you are ready for more!

Yep, if you love easy, inexpensive, meatless meals that taste delicious, you’re in the right place!

Want to know more about The Clever Meal? Here is FAQ page! 😉

Katia x

Want to get in touch?

I would love to hear from you, your messages, emails and comments make me happy.

If you have any questions, have a look at my FAQ page, or email me at [email protected]. 

I’ll get in touch with you as soon as I can!