MeatlessMonday: Spinach & Mushrooms Spaghetti Squash

Happy Sunday all! If you’re still debating on what to make for supper, here’s an easy and tasty idea – Spaghetti Squash with lots of Parmesan Cheese and Mushrooms and Spinach!

For some reason, I’ve been using lots of Parmesan cheese lately. Not only I use it with pasta, but it seems I sprinkle it on almost everything. But it just tastes good, and it tastes good on almost everything 🙂

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I hope you all had a great weekend and are getting ready to start the week ahead. Or not really 🙂 The point is you need delicious and heart-warming food to make you feel good and warm and to get you ready for Monday. This is where you’re checking my daily recipe 🙂 Just joking. Seriously though, it’s a quick recipe but will definitely warm you up and make you feel better, or at least not hungry 🙂

It’s incredibly easy recipe, and really comforting. I was quite generous on the cheese, but this is how I like my spaghetti squash 🙂

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The easiest way to make them is to roast the squash and then kind of shred it with a fork so you get your ‘spaghetti’. Skipping the shredding part and you’ll make a beautiful stuffed squash. Not big of a difference really. It’s just when making spaghetti squash, the actual squash is mixed with the other ingredients, whilst a stuffed squash, the ingredients are on top and you get the tasty squash hidden underneath. 🙂 Here you can check my Sautéed Mushrooms & Millet Stuffed Butternut Squash recipe. It is simple and delicious! And for those of you unfamiliar with millet, it’s similar to quinoa and couscous, may be just a bit creamier consistency. And as quinoa, millet’s got numerous health benefits so combined with a butternut squash it is a nutrient and healthy meal.

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Here’s what you need for the Spaghetti Squash.

Ingredients:

  • 1 butternut squash
  • 150g chestnut mushrooms, sliced
  • 100g spinach
  • 150g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

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Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Wash the squash, cut in half and scoop out the seeds.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and lay on a baking tray. Place in the oven for about 30 minutes or until the squash is cooked.
  4. Start shredding the squash by using a fork.
  5. Heat a pan with olive oil and gently sweat the spinach, mushrooms & garlic. Season with salt and pepper and leave for about 10 minutes. Remove from the hob.
  6. Fill in the squashes, mixing gently all the ingredients. Add the Parmesan cheese on top and cook in the oven for another 5-10 minutes.

Enjoy!

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Tip: If you prefer, you can scoop out the spaghetti squash and serve them in a plate but I personally love them in their squash! Plus it looks more authentic, doesn’t it? 🙂

Also make sure you eat these straight from the oven. They must be piping hot so you can fully enjoy them, and the melted cheese, of course. 🙂 You can always preheat them but it’s not the same taste.

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Broccoli & Chia Seeds Muffins

Happy Wednesday guys! Do you like broccoli? I know some of you might find these veggies not so tasty, like my kids do, but believe me this recipe will prove you wrong.

I’ve always preferred making savoury than sweet muffins, and I love trying adding veggies. My Spinach & Feta Cheese Cornmeal Muffins with Mustard Seeds are one of my favourite but it was about time to try a new recipe.

So I made these  savoury muffins last week and they were complete success. Topped with some feta cheese, these yummy cups are very appetizing and simply delicious. How could you not add cheese, right?

The recipe requires only a few  basic ingredients which I’m sure you can find in your kitchen cupboard. Well, apart from the broccoli, obviously. 🙂

What’s more I used what was left of my chia seeds pack and it really worked well. Not to mention how good are chia seeds to you, apparently they’ve got numerous benefits. May be I should start incorporating them in my recipes more often then? 🙂 The truth is, I’ve only tried a few recipes with chia seeds, I mean actually cooking with them. Otherwise I use them daily to top my salads, porridge, soups, lots of stuff really. I just like to add different seeds and nuts to my meals.

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How to make your kids to eat these green veggies? The trick is to hide the broccoli in the muffin! Just joking! 🙂 But, actually this is what I did – I put a piece of broccoli inside the muffin and just baked them in the oven. It couldn’t be simpler than this. Seriously, though, if you’ve got a tip how to make your kids to eat green veggies, let me know. I could definitely use some!

If you’re not a feta cheese person, you could use simple cheddar or even Parmesan. Mozzarella works too, so really, just use the cheese you love and you think would like with the muffins.

Here’s what you need for these pretty no fuss broccoli muffins.

Ingredients:

  • 250g plain flour
  • 3eggs
  • about 12 small broccoli pieces (I made 12 muffins)
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 100g butter, melted
  • 200g feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2tbsp chia seeds
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp salt

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Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. In a bowl, combine the flour, salt, chia seeds and baking powder. Gradually add the eggs, yogurt and butter. Mix well.
  3. Grease a muffin tray and pour halfway in from the mixture. Add the broccoli and cover with the mixture. Crumble some feta cheese on top.
  4. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes or until ready.

Enjoy!

Tip: Why not try adding some cheddar and Parmesan cheese for a cheesier version of these muffins? I like the sound of three cheese and chia seeds broccoli muffins! 🙂

Quail Egg Eggplant Pizzas

Happy Eggplant Friday guys!

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It’s been a week since my last post but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been working.

I’ve got some really interesting and delicious recipes coming up so stay tuned.

Also, as you might notice, my website’s been to a major transition and I do hope you like this new image. Well, there’s still quite a lot of work to be done, but step by step, right?

Did I say Eggplant Friday 🙂 As you already see this is to do with the recipe I’m sharing with you today. I might be a bit obsessed with these Mini Pizzas 🙂

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So let’s focus on the recipe of the day – Eggplant or Aubergine, if you prefer Mini Pizzas. I topped them up with sun-dried tomatoes, which I love, Parmesan cheese and then a quail egg on top.

To be honest, I wasn’t really planning to use quail eggs but they were kind of sitting in front of me and asking to be used 🙂 And not only they are healthier than regular eggs but they’ve got in times more nutrients than chicken eggs. So these Eggplant Pizzas are kind of like Super Food Pizzas 🙂

The whole recipe was like one of those ‘clean my fridge’ recipes but it turned out soooo good, everybody loved it. And I used only one eggplant which was not enough at all.

Not only these Mini Eggplant Pizzas are super tasty, but they are also very pretty. I think they would be ideal for  party canapes when you’d really like to impress your guests. In addition, they are gluten-free, so if you love pizza, but for some reason cannot have gluten, try these! You will absolutely love them!

Here’s what you need for these beautiful bites.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 eggplant, thinly sliced
  • 200g sun-dried tomatoes
  • 100g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • about 10 quail eggs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • olive oil

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Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Grease a baking tray and arrange the eggplant slices. Drizzle some olive and season with salt and pepper. Cook in the oven for about 15 minutes.
  2. Remove from the oven and start topping them up. Start with the sun-dried tomatoes, add one or two, depending how big are your eggplant slices. Add the grated Parmesan cheese and then finish with a quail egg on top.
  3. Place back in the oven and cook for about 10 minutes or until ready. If wished, sprinkle some thyme.

Enjoy!

Tip: Why not use the olive oil from the sun-dried tomatoes’ jar. Thus, you won’t waste anything and will add extra tomato flavour to your Mini Pizzas!

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If you, like me love eggplants, why not check these recipes out, I promise thy are more than delicious:

Stuffed Eggplants with Beef & Cheese

Stuffed Grilled Eggplants with Grilled Chicken, Roasted Peppers & Dill Salad

 

Sausage & Feta Breakfast Cups

Happy Sunday all! If you still have not decided what to have for your breakfast you need to check this recipe out – Sausage, Eggs, Feta Cheese and Fresh Parsley all combined in one bite in these simple Breakfast Cups!

Plus today’s weather is perfect for a stay-in-bed breakfast, lunch and even dinner! Or if you simply would like to make your loved ones happy, this is the way(at least for our family). Kids absolutely love these and even ate  the ‘green stuff’ (parsley). Now I’m starting to realise that as long as it’s not on its own, spinach/parsley is ok. I mean, when making green muffins or these breakfast cups, there’s no problem eating it. If I offer it as a side, forget it. Feeding kids can be tricky but we need to find a way to feed them the right suff:-) If our family meals are left to my daughter to choose, the menu would be, chocolate, chocolate, chicken nuggets, chocolate and then chips. But on the good side, she loves fruit and veggies. And I’m sure every kid has a stage they like or dislike certain things.

Anyway, back on the recipe…

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I love making these small cups/bites because, first there’s no frying involved(I use a muffin tray) and then they just look so cool and appetizing(and they’re really tasty) and of course, the whole process is very simple. Dump everything in a bowl, pour into the muffin tray and leave the rest to the oven. Easy as that! And you can do all that while having your cuppa and watching your favourite Sunday show in bed. That sounds like a Sunday I’d like but the truth is this does not happen very often:-) Life with kids is busy, heh! I’m gonna have to wait till they’re grown ups and maybe one day they’ll make this recipe for me and serve it in my bed:-) That would be super cool! But the thing is I love cooking and making my family happy so I don’t mind, I even like it. Seriously, I’ve tried staying in bed and just doing nothing, but I guess I’m so used to the busy everyday life that I could not do it. I need to be in action, constantly:-) But that’s what busy mums do, I suppose. Who said it’s not a full-time job?

 

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Really, there’s no excuse not to make these yummy cups.

Here’s what you need for them.

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Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs
  • 150g Feta cheese
  • 2-3 sausages, cooked(just choose the ones you like)
  • a bunch of fresh parsley, chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • butter for greasing

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Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients.
  3. Grease a muffin tray with some butter.
  4. Pour the mixture into the muffin tray and cook in the oven for about 20 minutes or until ready.
  5. Make your cuppa ready, go back to bed, put your fav TV show on and Enjoy:-)

Tip: If you prefer a vegetarian option, simply skip the sausage!

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Pumpkin Cheesecake

Happy Monday guys! I feel I’m a little behind with my pumpkin recipes this year but that needs to be changed. To start with, I made this amazing Pumpkin Cheesecake but, take a note of this, with a real pumpkin. Not that the ones in tins are not real What I mean is, instead of buying tinned pumpkin puree (which to be honest I haven’t seen here in the UK) I used my own pumpkin. Well, the only thing I had to do is to cook it and puree it. And I think the cheesecake actually tastes lighter this way and you can actually tell there’s a pumpkin mixed in there.

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This Pumpkin Cheesecake does not require any baking. I decided against using eggs and baking the cheesecake to make my life easier. Plus, to be honest, it was already late at night and I really wanted to et to bed and Netflix:-)

However, you need to leave it to rest in the fridge for a few hours, overnight is perfect. And be careful, mine started melting quickly, so don’t take it out of the fridge unless you’re gonna eat it.

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I also added some chocolate on top, kind of attempted marbling it too. Dark chocolate is the best with pumpkin, but milk chocolate tastes good too(because all chocolate is just divine) I used the second one, simply because that’s what I had in my kitchen cupboard and was in the middle of making the cheesecake. That reminds me, I need to restock my kitchen cupboard.

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To sum up, this Pumpkin Cheesecake is like most of the cheesecakes recipes I’ve made, the only difference, there’s a pumpkin whipped in and of course, it tastes like pumpkin, autumn, cinnamon, Halloween and everything orange and pumpkin you can think of:-)

Here’s what you need for this amazingly simple and delicious cheesecake.

Ingredients:

  • 300g digestive biscuits, crushed
  • 150g butter, melted
  • 300g pumpkin, cooked
  • 400g cream cheese
  • 200ml double cream
  • 150g brown sugar
  • 1tbsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp nutmeg
  • 1tsp cloves
  • 200g milk chocolate, melted

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Preparation:

  1. Combine the biscuits with butter and layer them on a springform cake tin covering the bottom with baking paper in advance.
  2. Whip the cream, cream cheese, pumpkin and seasoning together. Make sure to mix well.
  3. Pour over the biscuit layer and even the surface. Add the melted chocolate on top and refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours.

Enjoy!

Tip: Why not try some of these pumpkin recipes next time:

Pumpkin & Honey Cheesecake

The Ultimate Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin & Lentil Cheesy Bake

Pumpkin & Shrimp Soup

Succulent Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin & Spinach Terrine Bread

Pumpkin & Feta Cheese Muffins

Wow! Now that I look above, it seems I’ve got quite a few pumpkin recipes! And all of them are quick and easy and taste divine. However, there are still so many other pumpkin recipes I’d like to make so stay tuned for these! Meanwhile. get your own pumpkin, carve it and keep the meat to make one of the above recipes:-)

Meatless Monday:Spinach Cups with Cream Cheese

Happy Meatless Monday all!

As most children, my little one refuses eating anything green so I had to be more creative and try various options! (I don’t know where that came from, she used to be such a good eater! )And it turned out she actually loved these Spinach cups, without the cream cheese filling. Now she refuses to eat anything white, so I had to scoop out the cheese! Why are children so picky:) Obviously, I’m gonna need to find a way to make her eat some feta and yogurt. Isn’t it challenging being a mum:)

Anyways, these Spinach cups are absolutely one of my favourite cups or muffins, if you wish, and I love the cream cheese filling! They’re perfect for breakfast, as a side dish or just to have them on the go! I actually had them after I had lunch and didn’t stop till i finished the last bit! Kind of like savoury dessert!:)

Simple to make, and tasty to eat, here’s what you need for these delicious Spinach cups.

Ingredients:

200g/7oz flour

2tbsp sunflower oil

2 eggs

1 cup sour cream or yogurt

150g/5oz mushrooms, sliced

150g/5oz spinach, pureed

1tsp salt

1tsp baking powder

100g/3.5oz cream cheese

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/392°F.
  2. In a bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder.
  3. In another bowl, mix the egg, yogurt, oil and add the pureed spinach.
  4. Grease a muffin tray and start arranging a few sliced mushrooms on the bottom and side. Pour the spinach mixture halfway up and then add a tsp of the cream cheese. Add the spinach mixture so the mould is full. Repeat with the rest. You can add a few mushroom slices on the top too.
  5. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes or until ready.

Enjoy!

Tip: For another lovely spinach cup/muffin recipe check here and for a non vegetarian version here!

Meatless Monday: Spicy Polenta Chips

Happy Meatless Monday guys! The recipe of the day is one that I’ve been meaning to make for a long time now and finally that day has come – Spicy Polenta Chips with Feta Cheese. Really good stuff and really filling too! If you, like me, love corn and polenta, you’d love this simple but delicious recipe! For some reason, I don’t use that much polenta in my cooking which I need to change. Polenta is so tasty and I specifically like the corn flavour. And corn plus cheese equals heaven. 🙂

These polenta chips are super easy to make – I basically cooked the polenta, let it to cool down and then just cut in thin pieces a.k.a. chips. 🙂 I had my polenta chips with feta cheese on top but if you’d like to indulge a bit and treat yourself add some Parmesan when cooking the polenta. It’ll become really thick and creamy and amazingly delicious.

Here’s what you need to make these Spicy Polenta Chips.

Ingredients:

  • 200g/7oz polenta
  • 2tbsp butter
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 150g/5oz feta cheese
  • hot sauce
  •  fresh coriander, chopped
  • salt and pepper

Preparation:

  1. To prepare the polenta – just follow the instructions on the back of the back(usually you have to bring a pot with water to the boil and to add slowly the polenta)
  2. Heat a pan with the butter and gently sweat the garlic. Add to the polenta and stir well. Season the polenta, pour in a baking tray and leave on a side to settle.
  3. Cut into thin pieces, add some hot sauce(your choice), crumble the feta cheese on top and sprinkle the fresh coriander.

Enjoy!

Tip: Why not try adding some grated Parmesan cheese into the polenta for even more cheesy goodness! And may be some crispy bacon! 🙂

Raspberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

Happy Friday all! It’s become a tradition to post a sweet treat for the weekend so here it is – Raspberry Cheesecake Cupcakes. Trust me, these are absolutely delicious and a real treat. I love how they combine cheesecake and a cupcake in one perfect bite. Isn’t that amazing? 🙂

I’ve been thinking about a raspberry cheesecake but at the same time wanted to kind of twist it and make it a bit different. And because of my love for cheesecakes and cupcakes, here’s the result – Raspberry Cheesecake Cupcakes. The ingredients are almost the same as for the cheesecake apart from the eggs. And there’s a bit of baking involved (usually I make my cheesecakes without baking). The result is super yummy, fruity and rich cupcakes or shall I say cheesecake cupcakes, not really sure how to call them.

And, of course, these were so simple to make, I’ll be definitely making them a lot, may be even trying some other flavours!

Here’s what you need for these Raspberry Cheesecake Cupcakes.

Ingredients:

  • 500g/1lb Mascarpone
  • 200g/7oz fresh raspberries
  • 300g/10z digestive biscuits, crushed
  • 150g/5oz butter, melted
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup powder sugar
  • 1tbsp flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1tsp vanilla

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/392°F.
  2. Combine the biscuits with melted butter and layer them in a greased muffin tray(make sure you only put as much as to cover the bottom).
  3. In a bowl, combine the mascarpone, sour cream, eggs, sugar, flour and vanilla. Mix until the consistency is smooth enough.
  4. Place 3-4 raspberries and then add the cheesecake mixture on top.
  5. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes or until ready.
  6. Decorate with some extra raspberries and powder sugar on top, if wished.

Tip: Why not try adding some white chocolate into the cheesecake mixture? Or milk or dark, the one you love most, really. 🙂 That would make these bites pure indulgence!

Two Minute Grilled Jerk Chicken Pita Bread

Happy Tuesday guys! Here’s the new recipe – Two Minute Grilled Jerk Chicken Pita Bread!

Hope you all are having a wonderful week so far and enjoying the last days of Summer!

Today’s recipe of the day is super quick and easy and perfect for a busy weekday night. The only thing you need to do is to prepare the chicken in advance. Once you’ve done that, it’ll only take no more than two minutes to make these lovely pitas.

Here’s what you need for the Two Minute Grilled Jerk Chicken Pita Bread.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4-5 small pita bread (I used wholemeal)
  • a bunch of fresh coriander, chopped
  • 2-3tbsp jerk seasoning
  • 2tbsp olive oil

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Preparation:

  1. To prepare the chicken breasts – marinade them with the seasoning and olive oil the night before and then grill the breasts untill they’re cooked thoroughly.
  2. Slice the grilled jerk chicken breasts and arrange them on the pita bread.
  3. Add a few spoons of sour cream on top(as much as you’d like) and finish with some fresh coriander on top.

Enjoy!

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Tip: If jerk is too spicy for you, why not try bbq chicken pita bread!

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Raspberry Chocolate Ganache Cheesecake Bites

Happy Friday! Today’s recipe – Raspberry Chocolate Ganache Cheesecake Bites! The weekend is nearly here and for those of you who’d like a treat, this is the perfect recipe – indulgent chocolate & fresh raspberries…yum…

It’s quite similar to the Raspberry & Basil Chocolate Ganache Bites which you can find here – Basil Chocolate & Fresh Raspberries Ganache Cake but different at the same time.

There’s a crunchy biscuit layer, cheesecake layer and then the chocolate ganache layer. It is delicious! And it’s a great way to use the summer berries!

Here’s what you need.

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Ingredients

  • 200g fresh raspberries
  • 300gdigestive biscuits, crushed
  • 400g mascarpone
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 100g butter, melted
  • 2tbsp powder sugar
  • 200g milk chocolate
  • 1 cup double cream

Instructions

  1. In a bowl combine the biscuits and butter and layer them in a baking tray. Refrigerate.
  2. In a separate bowl combine the mascarpone, sour cream, powder sugar and raspberries. Mix well.
  3. Spread the cheesecake mixture on top of the biscuits layer.
  4. Finally, make the chocolate ganache, using the bain marie method, gently melt the chocolate and the add the cream. Leave on a side to cool down.
  5. Add the chocolate ganache on top of the cheesecake and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  6. Cut into small bites when serving.
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Enjoy!

Tip: I love the combination of white chocolate and raspberries, so next time why not try making white chocolate ganache instead!