Three Cheese Savoury Muffins

Happy Tuesday ally! Today’s recipe – Three Cheese Savoury Muffins or should I say bread – Β is simply amazing.

Three Cheese Savoury Muffins

I can’t tell you how delicious these cheesy buns turned! Yum, yum, yum…

The cheese literally exploded, imagine how much was in there. If you are cheese lover like me you’d love these, no doubt. There’s Parmesan cheese, Mozzarella & Feta. And the recipe is actually quite easy. I saw a similar recipe on the web and I really liked the idea, I haven’t used the same ingredients though, I kind of made my own muffins/buns. Really not sure how to call them – they’re baked in a muffin tray so that’s why I called them muffins but on the other side are like bread/buns. Anyhow, you get the point. And it is that they’re super delicious.

Three Cheese Savoury Muffins

I had barely finished taking photos of these beauties and they were all gone. πŸ™‚ Well, I helped too. In fact, I did a really good job finishing three of these Three Cheese Savoury Muffins. πŸ™‚

Here’s how to make Three Cheese Savoury Muffins.

Three Cheese Savoury Muffins

Three Cheese Savoury Muffins

Ingredients

  • 400g flour
  • 1 sachet(7g) yeast
  • 1tsp salt
  • 300ml milk
  • 50g butter
  • 200g Mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 100g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 100g Feta Cheese, grated
  • 1 egg yolk
  • extra butter for baking
  • chopped parsley for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine the flour, yeast, salt and milk. Work the dough, place in a bowl, cover with a tea towel and leave for about 30 minutes to rise. If necessary add more milk.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180Β°C.
  3. Divide the dough into 7-8 equal parts.
  4. Roll each out in oval shape and sprinkle a mixture of the cheese on half of it. Start wrapping and halfway through make a few cuts with a knife. Finish wrapping the bun so you have something like a wrap.
  5. Now make a ring and place in a greased with butter muffin tray.
  6. Repeat with the rest of the muffins.
  7. Brush the muffins with the egg yolk and then sprinkle with the parsley.
  8. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes or until ready.
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The dough is made of flour, yeast and milk. I should say, I am not that good in making dough for bread but this was really simple and turned out delicious. All you need to do is to combine the ingredients, work the dough and then wait for it to rise.

This is another delicious recipe using muffin tray. It makes me think I actually need to change mine, it’s been a good few years of use. In fact, I need a whole lots of baking equipment. Can’t wait to pick up some new and exciting stuff soon.

Three Cheese Savoury Muffins

I used dry parsley again. As I Mentioned in my previous post I’ve been using it very often. It’s all chopped up for you and ready to use. Plus, you’re not gonna need to worry how to store it for longer. On the other side though, fresh is best. πŸ™‚ But this is what works for me at the moment.

Three Cheese Savoury Muffins

The Three Cheese Savoury Muffins would be ideal snack for picnic. They really got me thinking about spring, sun and picnics. My daughter absolutely loves having picnics, so as my whole family and I can’t wait for the weather to get warm and sunny so we can enjoy a nice day out.

I should probably make a double batch of these then. πŸ™‚

They are perfect for sharing, as a side, as a snack, just one of these get together recipes. Make sure to have them when they’re nice and warm and the cheese is melted. Nothing better than a melted three cheese bun. Nom, nom, nom. πŸ™‚

Three Cheese Savoury Muffins

Cauliflower, Broccoli & Cheese Bites

Happy Thursday! Recipe of the day is Cauliflower, Broccoli & Cheese Bites – simple, tasty and loaded with cheese, well with veggies too! πŸ™‚

Cauliflower, Broccoli & Cheese

Is it Spring yet? The weather today was amazing and we actually got lots of sunshine. Hopefully this doesn’t change in the next few days. We really need the sun to come out more often and the temperatures to rise. πŸ™‚ I’ve had enough of the cold and gloomy weather, colds and runny noses. Plus, it’s time to start making some fresh and tasty Spring recipes with lots of yummy veggies and fruit.

And I know, once Spring is here, many of us start planning the Summer – holidays, get in shape programs and whatnot. It’s just so exciting! The holiday part, I mean. Meanwhile, we’re gonna have to wait patiently and hope for more sunny days!

Cauliflower, Broccoli & Cheese Bites

And now back to the recipe again…I was about to make Cauliflower and Cheese with Broccoli but then I thought I might make something a bit different this time and mix thing up a little bit. This is what happened. These bites are actually even easier to make and take a few minutes. All you need is a blender and then the rest is left to the oven. Apart from the cauliflower and broccoli, I used single cream, eggs and a generous amount of cheese. There is no flour so these bites are tasty gluten-free option too and are not that high in calories. Well, they’re pretty healthy(probably with a bit less cheese though). πŸ™‚

They’re actually quite like a breakfast bites with all the cheese and eggs. πŸ™‚ Also, they’re perfect for snacking all day long. πŸ™‚ And the colour they turned is quite pretty, isn’t it. It’s so bright and fresh!

Cauliflower, Broccoli & Cheese Bites

The kids enjoyed them too. They were really attracted to the muffin-sized bites and actually had a few of them. So that was a success! πŸ™‚

They usually eat broccoli but are not fans of cauliflower. Well, I don’t think they realised there’s cauliflower but that was not necessary at all, was it. πŸ™‚

It’s amazing how many things you can actually prepare in a muffin tray. It seems muffin trays are not what they used to be anymore. πŸ™‚ I’ve made different breakfast bites and I simply loved them. I have to admit it, cooking nowadays has become really inventive.

Cauliflower, Broccoli & Cheese Bites

Here’s how to make these Cauliflower, Broccoli & Cheese Bites.

Cauliflower, Broccoli & Cheese Bites
 
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  • 200g broccoli
  • 150g cauliflower
  • 200g Cheddar cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 200ml single cream
  • 1tbsp butter
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200Β°C.
  2. Combine all the ingredients and work them in a blender till a smooth consistency. Season with salt and pepper and mix well.
  3. Grease a muffin tray and empty the mixture.
  4. Place in the oven and cook for about 20 minutes or until ready.

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Cauliflower, Broccoli & Cheese BitesTip: For a meaty and more filling version, try adding some chopped bacon into the mixture!Β 

I hope you enjoy this recipe! Stay tuned for more quick, easy and tasty recipes. And hopefully kids-friendly too! πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

I also baked these in the oven, so again no frying. πŸ™‚ And my kids loved them, which is probably the most important thing. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚ So now I’ve got about five recipes they really liked, one for each day of the week. πŸ™‚ 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 200Β°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.

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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’sΒ say, weekly. πŸ™‚

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 stuckΒ to it. πŸ™‚

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 mealΒ 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, succulentΒ and cheesy, one of my favourite thing to have on movie night. πŸ™‚

And the weekend is just one day away so I might have to make this pizza again. πŸ™‚ I don’t know about you but my weekends go by too quickly, really quickly. It seems the anticipation is so long and thenΒ 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. πŸ™‚

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 200Β°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.

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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. πŸ™‚ 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

Baked Tuna Meatballs

Happy weekend all! Here’s the Saturday recipe of the day – Baked Tuna Meatballs – yes, baked not fried, but still juicy, amazingly delicious and super simple to make!

Baked Tuna Meatballs

OK, so this was the first time I made meatballs from tinned tuna. I saw a few photos of tuna meatballs on the web and I thought that they looked quite delicious. So, I got all my ingredients and started cooking.

I chose to bake these simply because I’m not really keen in frying. Don’t get me wrong I love fried food too, it’s just the process I dislike. πŸ™‚ I honestly fry food very rarely and almost every time regret it. πŸ™‚ So I try to find alternatives(meaning cooking in the oven). πŸ™‚

Baked Tuna Meatballs

But as I mentioned, the meatballs were so succulent and juicy, you’d probably thought they were fried. Well, I guess that’s because of the tinned tuna and also I didn’t completely drain it, I saved just a tiny bit from the sunflower oil. Yes, probably that kept the meatballs moist and so appetizing.

Baked Tuna Meatballs

Here’s how to make the Baked Tuna Meatballs.

Baked Tuna Meatballs
 
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Serves: 25
Ingredients
  • 3 tins of tuna in sunflower oil, drained, with a bit of sunflower oil left
  • 2tbsp breadcrumbs
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 egg
  • 100g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • fresh parsley, chipped
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200Β°C.
  2. In a bowl, combine the tuna, egg, onion, garlic and breadcrumbs. Season with salt and pepper and mix well.
  3. Add the Parmesan cheese and parsley, mix and make small meatballs.
  4. In a greased baking tray arrange the tuna meatballs and cook in the oven for about 20 minutes or until ready.

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Baked Tuna Meatballs

I served the meatballs with quinoa with peas and corn. My kids really enjoy quinoa and have it quite often. I often add some veggies inside like carrots, peas, small broccoli, etc..

The tuna meatballs work well with lots of stuff, like you can have them with veggies, rice, pasta, whatever you fancy really. Or simply by themselves, with some kind of sauce probably.

Baked Tuna Meatballs

I think they would taste amazing in a creamy tomato sauce with some pasta so next time I might actually make this.

Oh, and they also make a great party food/canapes. Make them even smaller, prick them with cocktails stick and serve them to your guests. I’m pretty sure they would love them. πŸ™‚

Baked Tuna Meatballs

Did I say that the kids love them too? It’s really one of the few things they genuinely like and I was so surprised they actually licked their plates and asked for more.:-) That was a huge success. So looks like from now on I’ll be making these quite often. And another plus is, you probably got all the ingredients in your kitchen cupboard/fridge. I mean, I always stock up on tinned tuna. It’s great for quick and easy meals and I use it a lot – in sandwiches, pasta, wraps, salads and whatnot.

Tip: Why not try adding a splash of hot sauce in the tuna mixture for some extra heat. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

For some reason,Β 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. πŸ™‚

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

The bottom line is, get your apron on and start cooking! πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

Needless to say, I had mine with lots of hot sauce. πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚

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

Turkey & Spinach Enchiladas

Happy Tuesday all! Today’s recipes – Turkey & Spinach Enchiladas – quick, easy, comforting and very cheesy!

Turkey & Spinach Enchiladas

I’ve made a whole tray with these succulent wraps (probably about 10) and they were all gone in less than an hour after I served them! πŸ™‚ Can you imagine? We must’ve been really hungry. ButΒ these enchiladas were seriously delicious!

I remember thinking to myself, “OK now, I’ll make more so may be we could use some for tomorrow’s lunch”. Yeah, right, didn’t happen that way but they sure were much appreciated by everyone. πŸ™‚

Turkey & Spinach Enchiladas

They’re quite budget friendly too. All you need is a bit of ground turkey, fresh spinach & cheese. You can add some tomato sauce, if wished. To tell you a secret, I used ketchup. πŸ™‚ I know, there much better ingredients to use for the enchiladas but this is what I had that was closest to tomato sauce. Well, it’s actually made of tomatoes. I honestly, don’t really fancy ketchup, it’s way too sweet for me, but it worked wonders on the enchiladas. πŸ™‚ So feel free to use any ingredients you’d like. πŸ™‚

I kind of had to hide the spinach in between the turkey and cheese (for the kids) but it worked well and they enjoyed the enchiladas with the hidden spinach. πŸ™‚

Turkey & Spinach Enchiladas

For the cheese, I used grated Mozzarella & Cheddar. I would have loved it if I could add some jalapenos but the kids wouldn’t really fancy the enchiladas, would they. πŸ™‚ So, as usual, I added a generous amount of my favourite hot sauce (half a bottle). πŸ™‚

Of course, when making Mexican inspired dishes, there should be some coriander, so I sprinkled some coriander leaves on top. I served the with a sliced avocado and sour cream

I believe I could have these every other day, this is my type of comfort food. πŸ™‚

Turkey & Spinach Enchiladas

Here’s how to make these Turkey & Spinach Enchiladas:

Turkey & Spinach Enchiladas
 
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Serves: 25
Ingredients
  • 8-10 wraps
  • 450g ground turkey
  • 100g fresh spinach
  • ½ onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1tbsp paprika
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 150g Mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 150g Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 3tbsp ketchup
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh coriander leaves
  • sour cream for serving
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200Β°C.
  2. To prepare the turkey - heat a pan with the olive oil and sweat the onion and garlic for 5 minutes. Add the ground turkey, paprika and salt and pepper to taste. Cook for about 10 minutes or until ready. If necessary, add some water.
  3. Arrange the wraps - scoop from the ground turkey, add a handful of spinach and wrap it up. Repeat with the rest of the wraps,
  4. Place in a baking tray, spread the tomato sauce or ketchup (if you're using any) and then sprinkle the grated cheese.
  5. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes.
  6. Serve with some fresh coriander leaves, sour cream and sliced avocado.

To make them even more filling, you can add some pinto beans in the wraps, or even some lime & cilantro rice. It’ll become a burrito/enchilada but as long as it’s tasty, it doesn’t really matter.

Turkey & Spinach Enchiladas

Leftover Duck & Spinach Salad

Happy Sunday all! The recipe of the day is Leftover Duck & Spinach Salad – rich & filling, bursting with flavours!

Leftover Duck & Spinach Salad

This is one of the best leftover salads I’ve made. πŸ™‚ I simply had to get rid of a few products in my fridge butΒ turned out they were a great addition to this beautiful salad.

And because it’s Sunday I think we all deserve some rest Β and a simple and easy recipe that doesn’t require lots of time and efforts. What better than a Leftover Duck & Spinach Salad.

Leftover Duck & Spinach Salad

I kind of love Sunday, as they’re quite relaxing, this is probably the only day of the week that I stay at home (most of the time). Well, I still have to do a bit of cooking and cleaning but that’s ok. I love cooking and as far as the cleaning is concerned, I aim to finish with it early in the morning so I can get the rest of the day off. πŸ™‚ Yes, early in the morning because we’re usually up by 7.30 thanks to our beautiful daughter who is always so excited for the weekend. Seriously, during the week I can barely wake her up at 8 for nursery. πŸ™‚ But it’s all good.

We usually have an early Sunday supper, a bath for the kids and then a movie night for mummy and daddy. πŸ™‚ This is what we’re looking forward on Sundays. It may sound boring (I’m sure I’d thought that’s the most boring thing in the world before the kids) but this is what we love to do, peacefully and quietly! πŸ™‚ Anyone with me? πŸ™‚

Leftover Duck & Spinach Salad

Now, I know, not all of you may have any leftover duck at the moment. πŸ™‚ You can simply save the recipe for later on, when you do, or get some cooked duck breast or other pieces you’d like (they sell it in most of the shops). Or even you can use leftovers from your Sunday roast, anything you’d like really. πŸ™‚

Leftover Duck & Spinach Salad

This salad would make a lovely lunch too. Let’s say you use your Sunday Roast leftovers. Make this beautiful salad and toss it in a food container in the fridge. Use it as your Monday lunch – great and healthy start of the week. πŸ™‚ Or even save it for your dinner. All up to you really. Just be aware, don’t keep it more than a day or two as the spinach Β won’t be that fresh and even may go off.

Here’s what you need to make this delicious leftover salad.

Leftover Duck & Spinach Salad
 
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  • 150g duck, cooked and cut into thin strips or shredded
  • 150g fresh spinach
  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced
  • 10-15 black olives
  • 2-3tbsp pomegranate seesa
  • 2tbps pine nuts
  • 1tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 1tbsp mayo
  • 2tbsp lemon juice
  • salt
Instructions
  1. Simply arrange all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Add the seasoning and mix well.
  3. If wished, you could add a splash of olive oil too.
  4. Add the mayo and mustard on a side and serve!

Leftover Duck & Spinach Salad

I hope you guys have a lovely Sunday and stay tuned for my next recipe coming up next week! πŸ™‚

Warm Lentil & Grilled Halloumi Cheese Salad

Happy Wednesday guys! The recipe of the day is Warm Lentil & Grilled Halloumi Cheese Salad.

I’ve been meaning to make a lentil salad for a long time and finally managed. This salad is perfect for the gloomy winter days, it’s very filling and gives you lots of energy. And it is simply delicious. Isn’t it Spring coming already. Seriously, every year in February I’m starting to ask for Spring. Well, we definitely need more sunshine here especiallyΒ now when the weather’s getting colder by the day. Hopefully this is not for long and we all enjouy beautiful warm and sunny days. πŸ™‚

Back to my salad now…There’s also nutty red quinoa and some toasted dry apricots. All the different ingredients make this salad bursting with flavour – it’s sweet, sour and nutty, lovely combination and healthy too. πŸ™‚

Warm Lentil & Grilled Halloumi Cheese Salad

What I did was to use lentils leftovers. I had made lentil soup the other day (which by the way our family absolutely love, should share the recipe) and I had a small bowl left. So I used it! πŸ™‚ Well, I drained it but because the lentils were already flavoured from the soup it made the salad even tastier. I didn’t really use any dressing, as I said the lentils were already dressed. πŸ™‚ But I added a splash of my favourite garlic sauce. Lentils and garlic is a must! πŸ™‚

If you, however, decide to go with a dressing, I’d suggest simple olive oil, lemon juice and salt. Simple, fresh and tasty. πŸ™‚

Warm Lentil & Grilled Halloumi Cheese Salad

Oh, and what about the Halloumi cheese? What’s a salad without a bit of cheese? πŸ™‚ I seriously love this. To me, it tastes like a mixture of gooey Feta and Mozzarella, so appetizing. Honestly, though, so far, I’ve been only using Halloumi in salads. Salads with Grilled Halloumi are not regular salads. πŸ™‚ But my point is where else do you use it? Have you got any interesting and yummy recipes? I’d love to hear your ideas. Please share below. πŸ™‚ Meanwhile, I’ll try and invent a ‘not salad recipe’ with Halloumi cheese. πŸ™‚

Warm Lentil & Grilled Halloumi Cheese Salad

Oh, and just to let you know, I had cooked all the ingredients in advance so I only had to combine everything. It makes things so much easier and quicker. I think I always have some cooked quinoa stocked in my fridge. And the lentils were leftovers. πŸ™‚

Warm Lentil & Grilled Halloumi Cheese Salad

Here’s what you need for this Warm Lentil & Grilled Halloumi Cheese Salad.

Warm Lentil & Grilled Halloumi Cheese Salad
 
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Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 250g brown lentils, cooked
  • 250g red quinoa, cooked
  • 150g Halloumi cheese, grilled
  • 7-8 dry apricots, sliced and grilled
  • 2tbsp garlic sauce
  • salt and pepper
  • coriander leaves for serving
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, combine the lentils and quinoa and season well. Mix the salad.
  2. Arrange the grilled halloumi cheese and apricots on top.
  3. If wished, add a splash of garlic sauce and then some coriander leaves.
  4. Serve warm!

Warm Lentil & Grilled Halloumi Cheese SaladTip: You can even try adding some couscous to the lentils and quinoa. It’ll make the salad yummy and you know couscous like dry apricots. πŸ™‚

Butternut Squash, Quinoa & Chia Seed Burgers

Happy weekend all! The recipe of the day is Butternut Squash, Quinoa & Chia Seed Burgers. Not only these are super healthy, but they taste heavenly! They’re packed with yummy ingredients and spices and make aΒ perfect nutritiousΒ meal – quinoa, chia seeds and turmeric, the main ingredients here.

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Butternut Squash, Quinoa & Chia Seed BurgersAnd because it’s a Super Bowl weekend, I think these would make an amazing healthy snack for those of you watching the scales. They’re really filling so I decided to serve them on their own, without any buns. I added some avocado, red onions, fresh coriander and garlic mayo. If you prefer, you can also add some cheese on top. Oh, but there’s already cheese inside the burgers – lots of Parmesan cheese. πŸ™‚

Here’s my suggestion for Super Bowl snacking:

Meatless Monday: Stuffed Zucchini Bites with Mozzarella & Gouda Cheese

Bacon, Cheese & Eggs Stuffed Peppers

Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Wild Boar Burritos

Smoked Salmon Stuffed Avocados

Meatless Monday: Black Eyed Bean Vegetarian Burrito

Quail Egg Eggplant Pizzas

Parsnip Pizzas

Smoked Salmon Bites

Spinach Bites

Cheesy Chicken & Spinach Bites

These are just some of the recipes I like. For more recipe ideas, just check my website. All of them are quick, easy and super tasty. πŸ™‚

Of course, I had my burgers with lots of hot sauce, just couldn’t help it. πŸ™‚ But as far as I know spicy food is good for you, isn’t it? πŸ™‚

Butternut Squash, Quinoa & Chia Seed Burgers

I used red quinoa as I like it better than the regular. I really have been using lots of quinoa recently so I made a plan. What I do is cook a pot with quinoa in advance and then when I need it, just add it to soups, salads, stews and burgers. There’s no need for cooking – quick, easy and very convenient. πŸ™‚ And apparently they’re some yummy desserts with quinoa which I haven’t tried yet but would love to. πŸ™‚ So stock up on quinoa and let’s get cooking. πŸ™‚ The weekend is too short so we all need good food and rest to charge our batteries and start the busy week ahead. πŸ™‚

Here’s what you need to make these healthy and delicious Butternut Squash, Quinoa & Chia Seed Burgers.

Butternut Squash, Quinoa & Chia Seed Burgers
 
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Serves: 35
Ingredients
  • 400g butternut squash, cooked and mashed
  • 150g quinoa, cooked
  • 50g chia seeds
  • 100g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • ½ red onion, sliced
  • 2 eggs
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 2tsp turmeric
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh coriander leaves
  • garlic mayo, if wished
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200Β°C.
  2. In a bowl, place the quinoa, squash, chia seeds and eggs. Mix well and add the Parmesan cheese, olive oil and spices.
  3. Make burger patties and place them on a greased baking tray.
  4. Cook in the oven for about 20 minutes or until ready.
  5. Garnish with the avocado, tomato, onion and mayo. Add some fresh coriander leaves and serve.

Butternut Squash, Quinoa & Chia Seed Burgers

A quick question – what are your favourite recipes for St Valentine’s Day? Do you stick with chocolate or mix things up? I’d love to here your thoughts. πŸ™‚

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