Leftover Rice Bites

Happy Sunday all! Recipe of the day is Leftover Rice Bites with Vegetables, Chicken & Cheese! WhatΒ anΒ amazing way to use up your leftover rice!

Leftover Rice Bites

As Β the title suggests these cute bites were made of some leftover rice and chicken. I only added some cheese and egg to hold them together. I cooked them in a muffin tray for about 20 minutes and they were all gone in 10. It’s funny how my kids refused to eat the rice left in the fridge but then they really enjoyed these bites. Bottom line is you need to be creative to feed your kids. πŸ™‚ Just joking! I don’t think I’m very creative. Anyway, this was a simple and delicious way to use up my leftover rice. You can make it from scratch too – all you need is some cooked rice with vegetables (I used carrots and peppers, thinly chopped), cheese and an egg.

Leftover Rice Bites

By the way, what’s your favourite Summer food/what is the recipe you love making during the hot and sunny days? I love making lots of fresh salads, but I’m trying to add something new every time, otherwise I’ll get bored, no matter how tasty the veggies are. Like, for example, last night I had a Caprese salad, but I use homemade zucchini pesto, which is also raw vegan and it tasted simply delicious. Comment below if you’re a salad person like me or prefer something else! πŸ™‚

Here’s how to make the Leftover Rice Bites

Leftover Rice Bites

Leftover Rice Bites

Ingredients

  • 200g rice, cooke
  • 1 samll carrot, chopped
  • 1/2 pepper, chopped
  • 100g mild Cheddar, grated
  • 100g chicken, cooked and shredded
  • 1 egg
  • 50g butter
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 Β°C.
  2. In a bowl, mix all the ingredients together and place in a greased muffin tray.
  3. Cook in the oven for about 20 minutes or until ready.
  4. Serve with some fresh tomato salsa or hot sauce, if wished.
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These rice bites are very handy on the go. You can also store them in the fridge for a few days and use them as a snack. They make delicious starter too. Whatever way you choose to serve them, they won’t disappoint, I promise. πŸ™‚

Leftover Rice Bites

I hope you guys like this recipes. Stay tuned for more quick, easy and tasty recipes coming very soon. Stay cool and enjoy your Summer. xx

Leftover Rice Bites

Oven-Baked Banana & Peach French Toast

Happy Wednesday guys! Today’s recipe is Oven-Baked Banana & Peach French Toast – fresh, Summery and absolutely delicious, that recipe makes the perfect breakfast/brunch recipe, and an easy one too!

Oven-Baked Banana & Peach French Tooast

I hope you’re guys enjoying your Summer/holiday so far and indulging in yummy Summer recipes too. I truly enjoy mine, especially the kids, they love spending time with their grandparents, eating lots of ice-cream and getting spoiled a lot. πŸ™‚Β But this is what Summer holiday is all about, isn’t it? πŸ™‚

Back to my recipe now… Seriously, guys this is more than simple to make and at the same time tastes divine. Ripe bananas, peach, eggs and some bread is all you need. The rest is left to the oven. Β Yes, it is oven-baked but it tastes even better than fried french toast, in my opinion and is healthier. Well, I added some butter too which is not that healthy I guess but look at the amount of fruit in there. πŸ™‚ I used some fresh organic eggs and I think I’ve never used so beautiful eggs. The yolks were dark orange, it really felt they were a few hours old. So different to the eggs I usually use, unfortunately.

Oven-Baked Banana & Peach French Toast

Here’s how to make this easy and delicious Oven-Baked Banana & Peach French Toast

Oven-Baked Banana & Peach French Toast

Oven-Baked Banana & Peach French Toast

Ingredients

  • 3-4 stale white bread slices
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ripe banana, sliced
  • 1 peach, sliced
  • 50g butter
  • a splash of full fat milk
  • For serving:
  • 1tbsp honey
  • 1tbsp almond butter
  • 1tsp deseeded coconut

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200Β°C.
  2. In a baking tray, roughly cut the butter in a few pieces and spread it on the tray. Do the same with the bread.
  3. Whisk the eggs with the milk together and pour over the butter and bread.
  4. Arrange the banana and peach slices on top.
  5. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes.
  6. Serve with some almon butter, honey and deseeded coconut, if wished.
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I served the french toast with honey, almond butter and some deseeded coconut. It tastes absolutely amazing, very rich and indulgent, more like a dessert than breakfast. But who won’t like dessert for breakfast? πŸ™‚

You can even serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream, especially when it’s still hot and out of the oven. This is a totally different story but why not? πŸ™‚ I always look for ways to upgrade my recipes and make them even tastier (not always healthier though, I admit).

Oven-Baked Banana & Peach French Toast

I hope you guys like this recipes. Stay tuned for more quick, easy and tasty recipes coming very soon. xx

Double Chickpea Burger Toast

Double Chickpea Burger Toast

Happy Tuesday all! The recipe of the day is Double Chickpea Burger Toast.

It s finally holiday time and I can’t wait for this rain to stop and head to the beach. It really sucks when you drive 4 hours to get there, have only a few days and it rains for 2 days. But I’m not complaining even though it doesn’t sound like it πŸ™‚ We still have a good time with lots of food and drinks. πŸ™‚ And I really can’t describe how beautiful is here – you wake up to the sound f the sea every morning and you can actually taste the saltiness of it.

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Strawberry Bruschetta with Paneer

Happy sunny Wednesday guys! Today’s recipe is Strawberry Bruschetta with Paneer – light, fruity and absolutely delicious, perfect for the hot weather!

Strawberry Bruschetta with Paneer

My original idea was to make panini (hence the panini bread I used) but I decided to go for Strawberry Bruschettas instead. And these beautiful bruschettas didn’t disappoint at all. The Paneer cheese I used really complimented the strawberries. It was very mild and had crumbly texture, more like cottage cheese. I haven’t used Paneer cheese like this before but it worked really well so I’m glad I did. πŸ™‚

Strawberry Bruschetta with Paneer

The bruschettas are super simple to make. I toasted the bread first with a bit of olive oil, then added the strawberries, paneer and some fresh basil and left in the oven for another five minutes. The result was absolute deliciousness. πŸ™‚ The strawberries were so sweet and juicy and tasted amazing with the paneer and basil. I feel like every time the weather gets really hot my favourite things to eat are strawberries and tomatoes. πŸ™‚ And basil is my number one summer herb. πŸ™‚ I’d really love to be able to grow my own fruit, veg and herb one day. That would be so exciting! πŸ™‚ However, at the moment I use the shops for fresh fruit and veg.

Strawberry Bruschetta with Paneer

These bruschettas are a great appetizer too. I’m pretty sure your friends/guests would be really please if you serve them these with a glass of champagne. πŸ™‚ This is how I should’ve had them. πŸ™‚ And as I said, they’re great to have as a light lunch on a really hot day like today. πŸ™‚ Not that I’m complaining about the weather. I love it! πŸ™‚

Strawberry Bruschetta with Paneer

Here’s what you need to make the Strawberry Bruschetta with Paneer

Strawberry Bruschetta with Paneer

Strawberry Bruschetta with Paneer

Ingredients

  • 300g strawberries sliced
  • 150g Paneer cheese
  • a handful of fresh basil
  • 2 paninis, cut in halves
  • 2tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200Β°C.
  2. Arrange the panini bread halves on a baking tray, brush them with the olive oil and bake in the oven for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove and top them up with the paneer cheese, basil and sliced strawberries. Place back in the oven for another 5 minutes.
  4. Serve with some extra basil leaves, if wished.
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Strawberry Bruschetta with Paneer

I hope you guys like this recipe. Stay tuned for more Summer recipes coming soon. And make sure to stay hydrated. πŸ™‚ xx

Kale & Butternut Squash Quesadillas

Happy Thursday guys! Today’s recipe is Kale & Butternut Squash Quesadillas – grilled flour tortillas stuffed with sweet squash, kale, chickpeas and melted cheese. This was too delicious not to try so put your apron on and let’s get cooking! I promise, it only takes a few minutes, it’s super simple and even more tastier. πŸ™‚

Kale & Butternut Squash Quesadillas

I genuinely love Mexican or Mexican – inspired food and I enjoy experimenting a lot. I’ve tried different versions of burritos and quesadillas (see the links below πŸ™‚ ) but never tried this one in particular. The idea came when I had to get rid of some roasted butternut squash I had in the fridge so I came up with quesadillas. I added some kale, roasted chickpeas, which again were leftovers from another recipe, and lots of cheese. No need to mention I poured half a bottle of hot sauce on my quesadillas. πŸ™‚ But hey, this was Mex – inspired, it should be hot. πŸ™‚

Kale & Butternut Squash Quesadillas

On a second thought, I think some sliced jalapenos would make these quesadillas even more appetizing. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any but next time definitely throwing some in there. πŸ™‚

The quesadillas are amazing for starter but these are so rich they can easily pass as a main. It really depends on how hungry you are. Serve them with some freshly made guacamole, sour cream and of course, hot sauce (for those of you who can handle the heat:-) ). And don’t forget to massage the kale with a bit of olive oil before adding it to the quesadillas. πŸ™‚

Here’s what you need to make these Kale & Butternut Squash Quesadillas

Kale & Butternut Squash Quesadillas

Kale & Butternut Squash Quesadillas

Ingredients

  • 300g butternut squash, roasted & cut in pieces
  • 100g chickpeas, roasted
  • a handful of kale
  • 100g mild Cheddar, grated
  • 100g Mozzarella, grated
  • 4-5 flour tortillas

Instructions

  1. Heat a griddle pan and place the tortilla. On half of the tortilla arrange some of the squash, chickpeas & kale and sprinkle some cheese on top. Make sure it's not too much so you can close the wrap.
  2. Gently close the wrap and press down. Cook for about 5 minutes, turn on the other side for a few minutes and remove from the pan.
  3. Repeat with the rest of the tortillas.
  4. Serve with some fresh guacamole, sour cream and/or hot sauce.
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Here are some more Mexican – inspired recipes:

Meatless Monday: Black Bean, Roasted Peppers & Feta Cheese Quesadillas

Wild Boar Burritos

Meatless Monday: Black Eyed Bean Vegetarian Burrito

Turkey & Spinach Enchiladas

Easy Steak Fajitas

Turkey Meatball Fajita

Loaded Shrimp Salad

Kale & Butternut Squash Quesadillas

I hope you guys like this recipe. Stay tuned for more quick, easy and delicious recipes coming soon. xx

Leftover Lentil Wraps

Happy Tuesday guys! Recipe of the day is Leftover Lentil Wraps – simple and healthy wraps with peas, corn, tuna and red onion, there’s no way not to love these delicious and simple wraps!

Leftover Lentil Wraps

Apart from the lentils, there’s some peas, corn and tuna. Also, I’ve added some smoky harissa on mine but left the kids’ ones. And as the title says these wraps are actually made from leftovers, lentil soup leftovers in particular. What a great way to use up this soup! πŸ™‚ To be honest, I haven’t tried wraps with lentils so far but they’re simply delicious. Kids really enjoyed them too, well more in a bowl, than in a wrap but that has to do with their age and ability to actually eat a wrap. πŸ™‚

Leftover Lentil Wraps

When I say I used up a lentil soup I mean I drained carefully the lentils and other veggies that were in the soup. It’s really important to drain them well, otherwise the wraps will get soggy and not so yummy. πŸ™‚ I usually add some carrots and celery to the lentil soup so that was a bonus.

Leftover Lentil Soup

The whole mixture is quite tasty and can easily go for a healthy tuna salad as well. For that purpose, I added some chopped red onion. Tuna and red onion taste amazing, don’t you think? :-)The mixture is perfect to store it in the fridge for a few days. No matter how you decide to have it – lentil wrap or just a bowl, it is super tasty and nutritious and not to mention how simple to make. πŸ™‚ So next time when you make a lentil soup, save some and try these beauties. πŸ™‚

Here’s how to make the Leftover Lentil Wraps

Leftover Lentil Wraps

Leftover Lentil Wraps

Ingredients

  • 200g brown lentils, cooked (I used up my lentil soup leftovers)
  • 100g peas, tinned
  • 100g sweetcorn, tinned
  • 150g tuna, tinned
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 2-3 flour tortilla wraps
  • smoky harissa for serving, if wished

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix well. If necessary add more seasoning.
  2. Arrange on the flour tortillas and wrap them up.
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Leftover Lentil Wraps

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Double Halloumi Burger with Tapenade

Happy Wednesday guys! Recipe of the day is Double Halloumi Burger with Tapenade – Β a real meat free treat that even the meat lovers can’t resist! πŸ™‚

Double Halloumi Burger with Tapenade

The original idea was a bit different to be honest, but I think it actually got better this way. Much better. πŸ™‚ I topped this massive burgers/open sandwiches up with a poached egg and a splash of spicy sauce. There are chunky grilled halloumi pieces underneath the egg and a few on top, hence the double halloumi burger or should I say open sandwich? A bit confused about what to call it. πŸ™‚ I used toasted english muffins and loads of tapenade.

Double Halloumi Burger with Tapenade

Let me tell you about the tapenade..I only recently discovered it but I feel I can’t get enough of it. It is so delicious that I generously add it to everything – salads, sandwiches, pasta. I really enjoy it as a dip too with some homemade pita chips. To make the tapenade I also added a few sun-dried tomatoes. They really make a big difference (in my opinion) and make it all taste even more delicious. Tapenade is great for tapas and nibbles which I’ve been obsessing recently, especially during the weekends. But seriously, what’s not to love about tapas? Lots of small and cute looking dishes to choose from. Thus, there’ll be a little something for everyone, plus you get to enjoy a few different dishes. That’s the food lover in me talking. πŸ™‚ My family love this kind of dinner too so everything is working fine! πŸ™‚ And most of the time there are no leftovers at all. πŸ™‚

Double Halloumi Burger with Tapenade

Here’s how to make the Double Halloumi Burger with Tapenade

Double Halloumi Burger with Tapenade

Double Halloumi Burger with Tapenade

Ingredients

  • 2 English Muffins, cut in halves and toasted
  • 200g halloumi, cut in pieces and grilled
  • 2 eggs, poached
  • rocket salad for serving, if wished
  • For the tapenade:
  • 150g black olives, pitted
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1-2 anchovy fillets
  • 3-4 sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1tbsp capers
  • 1tbsp lemon juice
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. To make the tapenade, simply blitz the ingredients in a food processor till a desired consistency - chunky or smooth.
  2. To build the burger, start with the muffin bottom, add a generous amount of the tapenade, a few pieces of the grilled halloumi cheese and finish it off with a poached egg. If wished, close the burger with the other half of the muffin. Repeat with the other english muffin.
  3. Serve with some rocket salad on a side and some spicy sauce.
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These Double Halloumi Burgers with Tapenade are perfect for brunch. I really can see myself this weekend enjoying one of these beauties topped up with lots of hot sauce. πŸ™‚

I hope you like this recipe. Stay tuned for more coming soon. xx And don’t forget to use your sun lotion. πŸ™‚ I still ca’t believe we’ve got this amazing weather this week so let’s enjoy it until it lasts. πŸ™‚ xx

Stuffed Mushrooms with Bacon, Mozzarella & Cherry Tomatoes

Happy Friday! Today’s recipe – Stuffed Mushrooms with Bacon, Mozzarella & Cherry Tomatoes – scrumptious mushrooms loaded with melted cheese, bacon pieces and juicy cherry tomatoes – this is my kind of starter!

Stuffed Mushrooms with Bacon, Mozzarella & Cherry Tomatoes

I can’t believe May is already halfway gone which brings June in. Wait, isn’t it supposed to be warm and sunny then? πŸ™‚ It seems the weather here is a total mystery. For example, today, it’s been sunny, rainy and windy, like three different seasons in a day. It changes so quickly it’s insane. No, I’m not used to it and I’ll probably keep on complaining until some sun is shining. That’s enough for this post though so let’s get back to the recipes.

As my previous recipe, this one is perfect for a tasty brunch too. I actually did these last Sunday brunch and thew were divine. Make sure to serve them hot though, otherwise they get soggy and not so appetizing. I drenched mine in hot sauce, but how could I not (you know I’m addictive). Also, I think these lovely mushrooms will go just fine with a spicy Bloody Mary, definitely trying this next time. πŸ™‚

You can serve them as a starter, canapes or even as a main, probably with some salad on a side. They would make a delicious weeknight dinner too, quick and easy to make.

Stuffed Mushrooms with Bacon, Mozzarella & Cherry Tomatoes

Here’s what you need to make Stuffed Mushrooms with Bacon, Mozzarella & Cherry Tomatoes

Stuffed Mushrooms with Bacon, Mozzarella & Cherry Tomatoes

Stuffed Mushrooms with Bacon, Mozzarella & Cherry Tomatoes

Ingredients

  • 4-5 large mushrooms
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 150g Mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 100g bacon, chopped
  • 100g breadcrumbs
  • 2tsp dry parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200Β°C.
  2. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients together and mix well.
  3. Stuff the mushrooms and season with the parsley, salt and pepper.
  4. Cook in the oven for about 20 minutes or until ready.
  5. Take out from the oven and serve straight away!
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I used my homemade breadcrumbs, which I think I mentioned before how I prepare – simply blitz my leftover bread with some spices I fancy. This is a really simple way to use a stale bread and it works even better than the shop-bought breadcrumbs.

Stuffed Mushrooms with Bacon, Mozzarella & Cherry Tomatoes

I hope you enjoy this simple recipe. Stay connected for more delicious recipes coming your way. Meanwhile, have an amazing weekend and hopefully the sun will be out. πŸ™‚ xx

Breakfast Sweet Potato

Happy ThursdayΒ guys! Today’s recipe is Breakfast Sweet Potato with bacon, melted cheese and sweet corn – it is just perfect for a lazy brunch!

Breakfast Sweet Potato

So if it’s not too late when you’re reading this post turn the oven on and start making this! It’s super simple but tastes amazing and it’s quite filling too. All you need is bacon and cheese, then some sweet corn and eggs. I used quail eggs. Not only I love how they taste but they look so pretty when added on food. They just make the food look a lot prettier, don’t you think? πŸ™‚ Not only that but they’re times healthier than the chicken ones. If you see these in the shop, don’t hesitate and grab a pack. You can add them on almost everything!

Breakfast Sweet Potato

Here’s what you need to make the Breakfast Sweet Potato

Breakfast Sweet Potato

Breakfast Sweet Potato

Ingredients

  • 1 big sweet potato, cut in halves
  • 150 g bacon, chopped
  • 150g mild Cheddar
  • 100g sweet corn
  • 4-5 quail eggs
  • olive oil for drizzling
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200Β°C.
  2. Place the sweet potatoes on a baking tray, drizzle with olive oil and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes.
  3. Remove from the oven and add the rest of the ingredients. Season with salt and pepper and cok for another 15 minutes.
  4. Serve with some sour cream on a side.
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Breakfast Sweet Potato

I served these beauties with sour cream on a side but I also had some hot sauce on mine (couldn’t resist). I used a giant sweet potato, cut in halve but if you’d like you can use a few small ones and cut them in half.

I’m telling there’s nothing better than having yummy food on a lazy Sunday and watching a food show. It doesn’t happen very often, though but when it does it’s a real pleasure. I simply love food. πŸ™‚

To make thing even easier, why bake the potatoes in advance, say Saturday, store them in the fridge, and all you have to do on Sunday is top them up and bake for a few minutes.

This is only one of the combinations I like to use for topping og my sweet potatoes. There are so many other options that are delicious too. So be inventive and let’s get cooking. πŸ™‚

Breakfast Sweet Potato

I hope you like this recipe, stay tuned for more coming soon! xx

MM: Grilled Vegetables & Bulgur Salad Wraps

Happy Meatless Monday guys! Today’s recipe is GrilledΒ Vegetables & Bulgur Salad Wraps – healthy, tasty and really simple to make, loaded with grilled veggies, halloumi & chickpeas.

Grilled Vegetables & Bulgur Salad Wraps

I’ve actually made the salad in advance and then thought it would be a good idea to have it in a wrap. The salad was quite similar to the one here –Β MM: Grilled Vegetables & Halloumi Bulgur Salad, almost the same actually. All I added was some chickpeas and grilled halloumi, oh and some sweet tomato sauce.

The result was really tasty and quite filling. These wraps are not only healthy but they will keep you full for longer. And that was a great way for me to clean up my fridge. πŸ™‚ Every timeΒ I do that the result is quite delicious. πŸ™‚

I absolutely hate wasting food so I make sure I use every bit of food left in my fridge. Well, sometimes this is not possible but most of the time I manage to use everything I have left. πŸ™‚

Grilled Vegetables & Bulgur Salad Wrap

They’re perfect for a healthy lunch or a snack on the go. Why not make a few ahead and sort your lunch during the week. I actually really recommend prepping your lunch in advance, of course if it’s possible. From what I know and have experienced quite often as I’m starving I grab not so healthy and tasty options which I usually regret afterwards. However, If there’s a healthy meal ready in the fridge, I’m more than happy to satisfy my hunger with it. Not only that, but making your meals in advance saves me a lot of time. By the time I collect the kids from nursery and we get home, we are all starving. But my first priority is to settle them for lunch and feed them. If there’s nothing prepped for me I usually grab whatever I find in the fridge, which as I mentioned might not be the best option. πŸ™‚

Here’s how to make the Grilled Vegetables & Bulgur Salad Wraps

MM: Grilled Vegetables & Bulgur Salad Wraps

MM: Grilled Vegetables & Bulgur Salad Wraps

Ingredients

  • 4-5 flour tortilla wraps
  • 1 grilled zucchini, sliced
  • 1 grilled eggplant, sliced
  • 150g halloumi cheese, grilled and sliced
  • 100g chickpeas, cooked
  • 2tbsp tomato sauce
  • 1tbsp lemon juice
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, mix the bulgur with grilled veggies and halloumi cheese.
  2. Add the chickpeas, tomato sauce and then season with salt, olive oil and lemon juice.
  3. Mix the salad well and fill in the tortillas with it and closed the wraps.
  4. Ideal for lunch or a snack on the go!
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Grilled Vegetables & Bulgur Salad Wraps

I hope you enjoy this recipes. Stay tuned for more and let’s hope for some warm and sunny days soon. πŸ™‚