Easy Falafel Pita

Happy Sunday all! Today’s recipe is Easy Falafel Pita!

It’s super simple recipe, really easy to make and yet is so delicious and healthy.

Just perfect for a lazy Sunday lunch!

Easy Falafel Pita

The main ingredient is chickpeas, of course and then you’re gonna need some pita bread, red onion, avocado. Simple as that. You can always add extra veggies if you prefer or sauces. I had the falafel pitas with sour cream and hot sauce but you can have them with whatever sauces you fancy.

I made the falafels with onion, garlic, olive oil and parsley. They quite remind of hummus. But this is because the ingredients for the hummus are the same, you only need to add tahini paste and your hummus is done.

Easy Falafel Pita

The falafels are so delicious you can easily have them by themselves, probably with a bit of sauce. You can even add them in a salad. They really taste good with some fresh spinach. They’re perfect for appetizers and meze platters. I love ordering meze platters when out because you get all these yummy stuff like falafel, hummus, halloumi, etc. So why not make this at home to entertain your friends? I bet they would be delighted. 🙂

I also baked these in the oven, so again no frying. 🙂 And my kids loved them, which is probably the most important thing. 🙂 Yay! Another recipe they really liked! Well, they didn’t have them with the pita but that doesn’t really matter because they really enjoyed the falafels. 🙂 So now I’ve got about five recipes they really liked, one for each day of the week. 🙂 Just kidding!

Easy Falafel Pita

Here’s how to make these beautiful Falafels.

Easy Falafel Pita
 
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Ingredients
  • 300g chickpeas, cooked
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 2tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 egg
  • 2tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1tbsp flour
  • salt and pepper
  • For serving:
  • pita bread
  • red onion, sliced
  • avocado, sliced
  • coriander leaves
  • sour cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. In a bowl, combine the falafel ingredients and mix well.
  3. Make small balls and arrange them on a greased baking tray.
  4. Cook in the oven for about 20 minutes or until ready.
  5. Serve on a pita bread with the red onion, avocado and fresh coriander leaves.
  6. Add sour cream and hot sauce, if wished.

 

Easy Falafel Pita

Apart from the pita bread, you can use wraps, kebab bread and even buns. Yes, why not make vegetarian burgers. Use the same ingredients but simply arrange them on a bun. Falafel burger sounds nice, doesn’t it! You might add some melted cheese too, otherwise it might be a bit dry.

The bottom line is the options with these tasty falafels are so many – burgers, salads, pita breads, etc. They make a very nutritious and healthy meal so I think I should make them more often. And now that my kids like them, that’s a serious reason to make these, let’s say, weekly. 🙂

Tip: Make sure to soak the chickpeas in water before cooking them. You can use tinned too but I read that it’s much better to use dry chickpeas so I stuck to it. 🙂

Easy Falafel Pita

Turkey Meatball Pizza

Happy Thursday! Here’s the recipe of the day – Turkey Meatball Pizza!

Turkey Meatball Pizza

I even made the dough from scratch! Not that it’s too difficult, it just takes a bit more time but it’s totally worth it. Of course, if you’re time-restraint, you can always use shop bought dough.

Turkey Meatball Pizza

So, more about the pizza now..I used Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, cheery tomatoes, sweet red peppers, black olives and a bit of spinach. I love both meatballs and pizza and the idea of having both in one meal sounded really good. For the base, I simply used flour, yeast and olive oil, really simple, but again a bit time-consuming. I topped dit up with tomato sauce and then arranged all the other ingredients. It was quite loaded pizza, succulent and cheesy, one of my favourite thing to have on movie night. 🙂

And the weekend is just one day away so I might have to make this pizza again. 🙂 I don’t know about you but my weekends go by too quickly, really quickly. It seems the anticipation is so long and then you wake up and it’s Monday again. There’s never enough time to relax, cook, meet with friends, watch movies and have fun with the kids. Seriously, we need an extra weekend day.

Turkey Meatball Pizza

Back to the food now…Feel free to add sauces you fancy. I usually add some garlic sauce and of course, lots of hot sauce. But to be honest, this pizza is quite juicy, so you might skip the sauce. But on the other side, meatballs with hot sauce are so tasty. 🙂

Turkey Meatball Pizza

Here’s what you need to make the Turkey Meatball Pizza

Turkey Meatball Pizza
 
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Ingredients
  • 4-5 tbsp tomato sauce
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 5-6 cherry tomatoes, cut in halves
  • 100g Mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 100g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 10 black olives
  • a handful of fresh spinach
  • For the Meatballs:
  • 300g ground turkey
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 1tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper
  • For the pizza dough:
  • 500g flour
  • 7g yeast
  • 2tbsp warm milk
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 1tbsp salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. To make the meatballs - mix all the ingredients in a bowl and shape small balls.
  3. To make the dough - mix the dough ingredients and add warm water as much as needed to make a smooth dough. Knead for about five minutes, cover with a tea towel and leave for about an hour to rise.
  4. When the dough is ready, roll it out and place in a greased baking tray.
  5. Spread the tomato sauce and sprinkle the cheese on top.
  6. Add the peppers, spinach leaves and tomatoes.
  7. Arrange the turkey meatballs on top. Sprinkle some more Parmesan cheese.
  8. Bake in the oven for about 40 minutes or until ready.

 

Turkey Meatball PizzaTip: If you use shop-bought dough, you might need to half cook the meatballs before baking the pizza, especially if you make giant ones like me. 🙂 Simply place them in the oven and cook for about 15 minutes. Then you can arrange them on the pizza and bake again.

Turkey Meatball Pizza

Beef Breakfast Wraps

Happy Thursday! The recipe of the day is here – Beef Breakfast Wraps – so simple to make and so delicious to have!

Beef Breakfast Wraps

They’re one of those breakfast recipes that you can have them all day long – scrambled eggs, sweet red peppers, ripe avocado and beef. All that topped with lots of cheese and wrapped up. Believe me, you’re going to love these wraps.

I used shop bought cooked beef, which saved a lot of time. You can use whatever you’d like. You might have any leftovers or simply choose a small amount of cooked meat from your local shop.

I also added a tiny drop of sour cream to make the thing even juicier. I do love sour cream, I know it’s not the healthiest thing ever but the key is in moderation, I guess. 🙂

For some reason, I’ve been making lots of wraps/burritos recently. Not only they’re our family favourite but they take a few minutes only (which make them mummy’s favourites too), if you’ve got all the ingredients prepped and cooked in advance. And the combinations you can try are numerous. Breakfast, lunch or dinner, fish, meat or simply vegetarian, there are so many delicious way to make these to your taste. So that’s a good reason, actually. 🙂

I probably should try using some sweet and sour fillings. That would be nice, wouldn’t it. 🙂 Like sweet and sour chicken with some veggies or rice. Nom, nom, nom..

The bottom line is, get your apron on and start cooking! 🙂

Beef Breakfast Wraps

Oh, yes, I forgot to mention, there are some black olives too. I actually added the olives in the scramble eggs, I find the combination very yummy. 🙂 But this is not necessary at all, so if for some reason you don’t fancy olives, just don’t add them. The eggs were cooked in advance so all I had to do was to make the wraps which took me 5 minutes. Seriously, I’m really good at wrapping these things. 🙂

We actually couldn’t finish them all, which was quite surprising, just one of the wraps was left for lunch for the next day.

My kids actually unwrap everything and pick the bits and pieces they like. But as long as they have some food, this is fine by me. 🙂

Needless to say, I had mine with lots of hot sauce. 🙂 I simply can’t help it.

Beef Breakfast Wraps

Here’s how to make these gorgeous Beef Breakfast Wraps.

Beef Breakfast Wraps
 
Ingredients
  • 4 flour tortillas
  • 300g beef, cooked and shredded
  • 200g Monterey Jack cheese, grated
  • 3 grilled red peppers, sliced thinly
  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced
  • 5 scrambled eggs(cooked in advance)
  • 4tbsp sour cream
  • fresh coriander leaves
Instructions
  1. Heat up the wrap for 2-3 minutes in the oven or microwave.
  2. Basically, make sure to divide the ingredients equally between the wraps.
  3. Add the scrambled eggs and beef, then peppers and cheese.
  4. Finish off with some sour cream and fresh coriander leaves and close the wraps.
  5. Serve with some hot sauce! Or lots of it! 🙂

 

Beef Breakfast WrapsTip: Why not try adding some lime juice for extra freshness and even more flavour?

Shredded Goose & Shrimp Sandwich

Happy Wednesday guys! The recipe of the day is Shredded Goose & Shrimp Sandwich!

Shredded Goose & Shrimp Sandwich

Let me tell you, these sandwiches are absolutely amazing, not really on the healthy side, but definitely worth every single bite. They’re in my top 10 comfort food list. I just love sandwiches like these – loaded with lots of cheese, fresh and crunchy salad, shrimp and tasty goose!

I would’ve probably used the goose only but then I found some shrimp hidden in my fridge and really felt like having shrimp. So I decided to combine goose and shrimp in this succulent sandwich. What a great idea it was! 🙂 I buttered the bread and made it nice and crunchy. All the ingredients though are quite filling so a half of these was more than enough for me. Well, I saved my other half for the next day. 🙂 And of course I ate these beauties with lots of hot sauce. For some reason, I always use hot sauce on shrimp and meat. It jus goes perfect – spicy and simply delicious!

Shredded Goose & Shrimp Sandwich

I rarely make roasted goose but it’s definitely one of my favourite food to roast. 🙂 I mean, it’s so juicy and scrumptious and just irresistible. I used lots and lots of spices and some clementines that I used to stuff it and it turned so aromatic and bursting with flavour. The meat is soft and quite fatty, but that makes it super yummy. Oh, and a quick tip – save the goose fat! It makes wonders when added in your recipes. Try some roast pots with goose fat and you’ll know what I mean.

My point was, I actually used leftovers from the goose I had made. I also use these in pasta, wraps and salads. Goose is absolutely lovely! 🙂

Shredded Goose & Shrimp Sandwich

Well, after that feast, you’ll probably need a good workout but it is all worth it! And I’d like to think this way – I’m actually burning calories while cooking so a delicious meal is well deserved. 🙂 Especially after a long and exhausting week! So why not make these like your perfect weekend treat! We all deserve it. 🙂 After all, you need some energy for the busy week ahead. 🙂

Shredded Goose & Shrimp Sandwich

Here’s how to make the Shredded Goose & Shrimp Sandwiches.

Shredded Goose & Shrimp Sandwich
 
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Serves: 15
Ingredients
  • 150g shrimp, cooked
  • 100g goose, cooked and shredded
  • 150g Mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 100g Mild Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 4 bread slices
  • fresh salad leaves
  • 2tbsp garlic sauce/mayo
  • 1tbsp butter
Instructions
  1. In a heated pan with butter, place the bread slices and cook for a minute or two on each side until golden and crispy.
  2. Add a bit of garlic sauce or mayo on each slice and then add the shredded goose and shrimp, dividing it equally between the two slices of the slices. Add the grated cheese and place in the oven or microwave to melt the cheese(I used the microwave and it worked fine).
  3. Arrange some salad leaves on top and close the sandwich with another slice of bread. Cut in half and serve with some hot sauce.!

 

Shredded Goose & Shrimp Sandwich

 

Spinach Bites

Happy rainy Thursday all! The recipe of the day is tasty and cute – Spinach Bites! These are made with only a few ingredients but they’re a real crowd pleaser. I mean who wouldn’t love these – buttery puff pastry generously covered with spinach cream cheese. Don’t tell there’s spinach and I’m sure no one would notice. Seriously, even the kids liked these (I’m pretty sure they didn’t realize there’s quite a lot of spinach in them). 🙂

Spinach Bites

The Spinach Bites are great for snacking all day, they’re quite filling. I served them as an appetizer and everyone loved them. They’re amazing for entertaining your friends and guests too. For more canape ideas for you party check here:

Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Smoked Salmon Bites

Smoked Salmon Stuffed Avocados

Bacon Wrapped Baby Portobello Mushrooms stuffed with Blue Cheese

These are all very simple and quick to make and taste amazing. As a matter of fact, I absolutely love making a variety of appetizers as a dinner. 🙂 It’s kind of mix and match dinner. 🙂

And in these gloomy rainy weather, something green and tasty would make you feel better. 🙂 Seriously though, is it gonna snow in London? It seems we all have been waiting for the snow to come after warning for bad weather coming our way. At  least the kids will be happy. Anyway, stay warm, safe and hopefully there won’t be any disruptions.

Spinach Bites

Back to my recipe now..

So the only ingredients you’re gonna need are three – spinach, cream cheese and puff pastry. If you prefer and you’re good at it, you can make your own puff pastry. I used shop bought ready to roll pastry. It saved me lots of time and to be honest I use these quite often. It’s amazing – it’s a real-time saver and you don’t have to worry whether you’ll make the puff pastry actually puff. I’ve never made puff pastry before but I know it might be a bit tricky so I stayed on the safe side. 🙂 I used fresh spinach but frozen would work just fine. Simply make sure to defrost it before combining with the cream cheese.

And for meat lovers, some chopped crispy bacon inside the spinach cream cheese would taste divine. I shall try this next time I’m making these bites. Even some smoked fish would taste lovely. But enough already, there are many options and combinations, just choose the one you fancy and let’s get cooking. And eating. 🙂

Here’s what you need to make the cute little bites.

Spinach Bites
 
Ingredients
  • 200g puff pastry
  • 400g cream cheese
  • 200g spinach, cooked and pureed
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Unroll the pastry, use a kitchen ring and cut small circles from the pastry. Place them on a greased baking tray and cook in the oven for about 15 minutes or until golden.
  3. Meanwhile make the spinach cream cheese - in a bowl, simply combine them, season with salt and pepper to taste and blitz till a smooth green consistence.
  4. Use a piping bag to cover the puff pastry with the spinach cream cheese!
  5. Enjoy!

 

Spinach Bites

Parsnip Pizzas

Happy Tuesday guys! The recipe of the day is here – Parsnip Pizzas with Pancetta, Mozzarella & Parmesan Cheese!

Parsnip Pizzas

I would lie if I said these taste like regular pizzas but they definitely taste amazing. Yes, different but absolutely delicious. I came up with the idea as I had to get rid of my pack with parsnips that was in the fridge for a bit too long. And the last time I cooked parsnip no one was really keen so I had to be a bit more creative. Me, personally, I love parsnip no matter how I prepare it – mash or roast, but my family has a different opinion. So how do I make them eat parsnip? Well, make parsnip pizzas! 🙂 I was also thinking to make some arancini like balls with parsnip but went for the pizzas. Actually, I still have this idea in my plan, so next time my parsnips are staying to long in the fridge I’d probably make parsnip balls.

Parsnip Pizzas

The pizzas were really easy to make. All you have to do is to cook the parsnip first, mash it and together with a few more ingredients make small pizzas. You can add the topping you fancy (I used some Pancetta, cherry tomatoes and lots of cheese). For a healthier option, you can even go vegetarian, skip the Pancetta and throw in some more veggies. Oh, and if you haven’t got any Pancetta, simply use bacon, it’ll do the work. I love Pancetta but often use bacon too.

Parsnip Pizzas

So back to the pizza again…

As I said it tastes different but in a good way. The inside is simple parsnip mash but thanks to the egg and breadcrumb that hold together the pizza you can actually slice it. If you prefer, you can go for one bigger pizza. it’d be probably easier to make and will save you some time. No matter what you’d go for, you should definitely try these. You get pizza and you get veggies. It’s a win-win situation. 🙂

Here’s how to make these tasty Parsnip Pizzas.

Parsnip Pizzas
 
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Serves: 25
Ingredients
  • 400g parsnips, cooked and mashed
  • 1 egg
  • 100g breadcrumbs
  • 100g Pancetta, chopped
  • 6-7 cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 100g Mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 100g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. n a bowl, combine the parsnip, egg and breadcrumbs.
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste and shape small pizzas.
  4. Place on a greased baking tray and cook in the oven for about 15 minutes.
  5. Take out from the oven and arrange the topping. Place back and leave for another 10 minutes.

 

Parsnip PizzasTip: Why not try with some sautéed mushrooms and onions next time? And may be some feta cheese? That sounds delicious to me! 🙂 Seriously, you can add whatever you’d like and as much as you’d like, just make sure you’d be able to eat them afterwards. 🙂

Parsnip Pizzas

Hope you enjoy these! Have a wonderful week and stay tuned for another simple but tasty recipe coming your way. 🙂

Wild Boar Burritos

Happy Friday guys! The recipe of the day is Wild Boar Burritos! It is quick, easy and really really tasty. And if you, like me, have all the ingredients cooked in advance, or using leftovers :-), there's no actual cooking required, more of an assembling the burritos. 🙂 This is the perfect recipe for a lazy Friday night in front of the TV or this is what I'm dreaming of. 🙂 The only tricky part is the closing the tortilla but I'm sure there are quite a few tutorials out there so that won't be a problem. I myself, am a perfect wrapper thanks to my one year working in a Tex-Mex restaurant. Great times, but that's another story. Back to the burritos now...:-) Wild Boar Burritos I'm a big fan of all Mexican and Mexican inspired recipes. However, it's really important for all the ingredients to be super fresh. think most of them are so simple but so delicious. The Mexican is one of my favourite cuisine along with the Italian. It's actually hard to say which one is my favourite because I really like food and I love very different stuff too. Wild Boar Burritos Anyway, these burritos or wraps if you'd like were probably one of the tastiest I've made and that's because of the meat I used. We love wild boar and because I had some leftovers I decided to use it in the burritos. I didn't make a proper guacamole though, felt a bit lazy. 🙂 What I did was adding sliced avocado, coriander or cilantro and fresh lime juice. It was a lot like guacamole without the onions. Also, I haven't used any rice in this recipe but that didn't make the burritos less appetizing. On the contrary, I stuffed lots of fresh salad leaves inside for a fresh and crunchy flavour. I'm seriously drooling now. I believe I can eat these almost every other day. And with a pint of beer they make the perfect meal for the end of the week! 🙂 Wild Boar BurritosFor more Mexican inspired recipes check here: Kale & Jerk Shrimp Leftover Wraps Easy Steak Fajitas Spicy Shrimp, Avocado & Beans Crunchy Taco Style Fix Loaded Shrimp Salad Meatless Monday: Black Eyed Bean Vegetarian Burrito

Wild Boar Burritos

Here's what you need to make these Wild Boar Burritos.

Wild Boar Burritos
 
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Serves: 15
Ingredients
  • 3-4 flour tortillas
  • 300g wild boar, shredded
  • 200g pinto beans, cooked
  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced
  • 200g Monterey Jack, grated
  • 4tbsp sour cream
  • 1 lime, juice only
  • chopped coriander
  • salad leaves
Instructions
  1. Heat the tortillas for a minute or two ( I did that in the microwave) and start building up the burritos.
  2. Divide the ingredients equally between the 3 or 4 tortillas(I made 3 but they were quite big, so you can easily make 4).
  3. Add the beans and meat, sprinkle with the cheese and add the avocado slices. Sprinkle a few coriander leaves and add some lime juice.
  4. Finally, add a spoon of the sour cream and wrap up the burritos.

Wild Boar Burritos

 

MM: Stuffed Peppers with Couscous

Happy Meatless Monday guys! Today’s recipe is Stuffed Peppers with Couscous.

Hope you all had a magical Christmas and got all you wanted from Santa. Let’s hope the new 2017 is better and peaceful for all of us!

And after a long holiday, I’m finally back, and so are my recipes. 🙂 I’m planning lots of interesting recipes (all of them simple, tasty and ready in no time) and I’ve got an exciting idea which I hope I can share with you, once everything is done. 🙂 I just hope I’ll be more organised this year and manage to find time for everything I’ve planned.

So back to today’s recipe now…

Stuffed Peppers

Even though, this recipe is vegetarian and you might thing it is guilt free, I should warn you, these Stuffed peppers are actually quite a treat. Loaded with lots of Cheddar and Mozzarella cheese and a generous serving of butter, they taste like pure cheese heaven.

I really thought I’ve tried all of the possible combinations with stuffed peppers but of course, I was wrong. The possibilities are endless. 🙂

I love the combination of cheese and peppers, most of the time I use feta cheese though. But because of the couscous and butter I thought Mozzarella and Cheddar cheese would work well.

Stuffed Peppers

I’ve never combined couscous in this way but it turned out really delicious. Even the kids loved it! And seriously, it took me a few minutes only. You can even make the couscous in advance. The only work you need to do is to grate the cheese and stuff the peppers. Then leave it to the oven and enjoy! I love recipes like that – quick, super simple and very tasty! 🙂

It seems Stuffed Peppers are always a hit, especially recently and all kinds of stuffed veggies and fruit too. It’s probably a good way to consume more veg and fruit. Here’s a link of some of my Stuffed Peppers recipes you might like:

Quinoa & Beef Stuffed Peppers

Bacon, Cheese & Eggs Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers with Minced Pork, Vegetables & Rice

Bacon & Orzo Stuffed Peppers with Mozzarella Cheese

There are some meat versions but there are vegetarian versions too. I recommend the bacon, cheese and eggs peppers for breakfast. They’re super tasty and for some reason this is one of my most viewed recipes.

Stuffed Peppers

A quick tip – If you prefer your peppers more cooked, place them in the oven before stuffing them for about 10 minutes. This will make them soften. If you’d rather have them crunchy, skip this step. 🙂

Here’s what you need for this quick and easy recipe.

 

Stuffed Peppers with Couscous
 
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  • 4 peppers
  • 200g couscous
  • 100g Cheddar, grated
  • 100g Mozzarella, grated
  • 2tbsp butter
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Cook the couscous, following the instructions on the back of the pack.
  3. Season with salt and pepper and stir in the butter and cheese.
  4. Stuff the peppers with the couscous mixture and cook in the oven for about 15 minutes.

Spinach Pumpkin Cups

Happy Friday guys! The recipe of the day is here – Spinach Pumpkin Cups with cheese centre! And the weekend is coming too! Wow! Have you got any plans? Now that I’ve done my Christmas shopping, I can relax. I’ve got lots of cooking planned, hopefully will manage to do half of it. But, yes, lots of new festive and not so festive recipes coming so stay tuned. All of them will be simple, easy and super delicious, I promise. 🙂

I can’t believe I’m actually writing my third post this week! Woohooo, go me! 🙂 As I shared in my previous posts, that was what I was aiming for – three tasty recipes per week. It’s been two posts so far but slowly, I think I’ll be able to share three recipes. And, don’t get me wrong, I’ve got plenty of recipes, but the biggest problem is to find the time! Well, I suppose I need to be more organised, and I’ll always find time, or at least most of the time. 🙂

Spinach & Pumpkin Cups

This recipe is similar to my Spinach Cups recipe but there’s a yummy pumpkin layer. It’s basically two-layer muffin or cup. I don’t really know how I came up with the idea to combine pumpkin and spinach. I just had some spinach and leftover pumpkin so I had to make something up. Overall, these cups are quite sweet, because of the pumpkin. Not like dessert sweet. They’re savoury but they’ve got sweetness, if that makes sense at all. 🙂

You know how the spinach taste a bit bland, so to make these Spinach Pumpkin Cups more appetizing I added  a piece pf cheese between the layers. Oh, and pumpkin seeds to for a crunchiness. 🙂 These are delicious to have for breakfast, lunch and dinner, on their own or as a side. Or why not have them with a bit of butter. That might be a bit naughty but will definitely be super tasty. It’s the perfect Meatless Monday recipe. It seems, I’m posting meat free recipes on any day but not Monday. 🙂 Really have to change that.

Here’s what you need for these pretty Spinach Pumpkin Cups.

Ingredients:

  • 150g spinach, cooked and pureed
  • 100g pumpkin, cooked and mashed
  • 200g flour
  • 2tsp baking powder
  • 2eggs
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 50g butter
  • 1tsp salt
  • 100g pumpkin seeds
  • 100g mild Cheddar cheese

Spinach Pumpkin Cups

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. In a bowl, combine the spinach, half of the butter, 1 egg, half of the yogurt and 1 tsp baking powder. Mix well and add half of the pumpkin seeds.
  3. In a second bowl, combine the pumpkin and the rest of the ingredients apart from the cheese. Mix well.
  4. Grease a muffin tray and pour from the spinach mixture halfway. Add a chunk of the cheese and finish with the pumpkin mixture.
  5. Repeat with the rest of the mixture.
  6. Place in the oven and cook for about 30 minutes or until ready.

Enjoy!

Spinach Pumpkin Cups

Tip: These cups are delicious snack and perfect to have them on the go. They’re light and filling and look really pretty, don’t you think? 😉

Spinach Pumpkin Cups

Loaded Shrimp Salad

Happy Friday guys! Today’s recipe is Loaded Shrimp Salad. There is avocado, beans, tortilla chips, sour cream, Mozzarella cheese and leave salad underneath. It’s quite overloaded actually, isn’t it! 🙂 And I’m not sure it’s actually a salad, it’s more like a proper meal, but as long as there are leaves inside, I think I can call it salad.

Loaded Shrimp Salad

This Loaded Shrimp Salad is quite like a burrito in a bowl, I’d say, without the rice. Anyway, it’s definitely Mexican inspired and if you like shrimp burritos, tacos or salads, you’ll love this too. I had mine with a generous serving of my hot sauce and I can tell you, I was really full after a portion of this goodness. I cooked the shrimps with a bit of paprika and nothing else, that’s how my little one loves them. Otherwise, I’d probably add garlic, coriander and lime. But because she doesn’t like anything green, I made them simple. I used the beans from a bean soup I had made earlier this week so that was really handy. The only ingredient that needed cooking were the shrimps. And you know they only need no more than a few minutes.

The Loaded Shrimp Salad is great to have when having friends over. You can use it as a starter, a side or even a main. Or why not make a Mexican themed night? Prepare the salad, mix up some Margaritas and voila! That would be lovely, wouldn’t it! It seems like I’m the one needing one of these Mexican night and drinks. 🙂 After all, it’s Friday or Friyay! 🙂

I’ve been meaning to post this recipe for a whole week. Literally, I’ve been trying to post it since Monday. But as you know, life gets in the way sometimes. And I got two sick kids stuck with me for four days. Poor babies. 🙂 Finally, they are feeling much better and we are all back to our normal routine. And thanks to that I am able to post this recipe while they’re napping. Pheww! 🙂 I never thought I could be so organised but having children changes you a lot I guess. Well, I believe in a good way, a really good way actually.

Anyway, this is what you need for this scrumptious Loaded Shrimp Salad.

Loaded Shrimp Salad

Ingredients:

  • 400g shrimp
  • 300g tinned pinto beans or leftover beans
  • 200g Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 150g tortilla chips, crushed
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1/2 a cup sour cream
  • 150g mixed leave salad
  • 1tbsp paprika
  • 1tbsp olive oil

 

Loaded Shrimp Salad

Preparation:

  1. Heat a pan with the olive oil and gently cook the shrimp(seasoned with the paprika) for about 5 minutes.
  2. Start building the salad – layer a salad bowl with the mixed leaves. Then add the beans on one side, tortilla chips, shrimp, sliced avocado and the sour cream in the middle.
  3. Serve with your favourite hot sauce!

Enjoy!

Tip: Why not try adding some fresh salsa, such as Pico de Gallo! That would be even tastier! Simply chop some tomatoes, onion & coriander and season to taste with salt, pepper and some lime juice.