Meatless Monday: Goji Berry, Coconut & Almond Bars

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Happy Monday guys!
Today’s recipe is the simplest, tastiest and healthiest breakfast alternative I’ve made – Goji Berry, Coconut and Almond bars.
These are great as a breakfast alternative or at any time of the day to power you up, or recently I’ve been using them as a topping for my porridge.
What’s more you ca wrap them nicely in a Christmas paper, label them and give them away as gifts.
Who wouldn’t love a tasty treat for Christmas?

Here’s what you need.
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Ingredients:
  • 100g/3.5oz goji berries
  • 100g/3.5oz raw almonds, grated
  • 200g/7oz coconut, grated
  • 3tbsp honey
  • 1tbsp cinnamon, if wished
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Preparation:
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/392°F.
  2. In a bowl, mix all the ingredients together.
  3. Empty the mixture in a greased baking tray and bake in the oven for about 15 minutes or until it’s nice and firm.
  4. Cut it into pieces.
Enjoy!

Tip: Why not make your own muesli – just add some oats and milk and enjoy!

Meatless Monday: Mozzarella & Cheddar Cheese Brussels Sprouts

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The recipe of the day is finally here(It was actually supposed to be up yesterday, but hey, it’s Christmas time and we’re all busy).
Anyway, I’ve always thought that brussels sprouts are quite underestimated and a bit boring.
So I decided to make them a bit different and tastier.
They were steamed and then baked with mozzarella and cheddar cheese and a bit of olive oil.
It may sound a bit odd, but brussels sprouts with cheese is delicious.
Make your Christmas side dish more interesting and try this recipe.

Here’s what you need.
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Ingredients:
  • 1kg/2lb brussels sprouts, steamed
  • 200g/7oz mozzarella, shredded
  • 200g/7oz cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • salt
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Preparation:
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/392°F.
  2. In a bowl mix the brussels sprouts, cheese and olive oil.
  3. Season with salt and mix well.
  4. Transfer to a baking dish and bake in the oven for about 10 minutes or until ready.
Enjoy!

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Tip: Why not try adding some chopped bacon!

Christmas Panettone Pudding

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So how many days left till Christmas?
How’s your shopping going?
Mine’s not going anywhere at the moment but will hopefully start going soon.
If you haven’t figured out your festive menu, especially the sweet side of it, here’s an idea.
This dessert (or should I say cheat dessert) is so creamy and amazing, I can’t believe it only takes 10 minutes and 2 ingredients – Panettone and custard.
Well, yes, it’s a cheat dessert, but who would know.
If you’ve spend most of your time roasting and focusing on the mains and appetisers, this is the option for you.
Panettone is delicious on itself but combined with custard, it’s a completely different thing.

Here’s what you need.

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Ingredients:
  • 1 panettone(500g/1lb), sliced
  • 2 cups of custard
  • rum flavouring, if wished
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Preparation:
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/392°F.
  2. Pour the custard in a saucepan and heat on the hob for about 5 minutes, add 1tsp of rum flavouring, if wished.
  3. Layer the panettone slices in a baking tray.
  4. Pour over the custard making sure it’s evenly spread and place in the oven for about 5-10 minutes.
Enjoy!

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Tip: Why not try adding some orange/lemon zest!

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Meatless Monday: Rich Beetroot Soup

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I love the colours in these pictures – they’re so beautiful!
It really wasn’t on purpose, but the leaves are actually matching the colour of the soup.
Everything in these pictures is so autumnal – the soup, the leaves and the amazing colours.

Now, let’s focus on the soup though. It’s thick, rich and creamy beetroot soup with lots of other vegetables in it.
It is not only good for you but it is quite tasty with some feta cheese crumbled on top.
What else is inside – potatoes, shallots, garlic, celery, carrots and of course beets.
Especially good on cold autumn/winter day!

Here’s what you need.

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Ingredients:
  • 2 large beetroots, cut into big pieces
  • 2 medium potatoes, cut into halves
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 shallot, peeled
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/2 cup sunflower oil
  • salt and pepper
  • feta cheese for serving
  • dry thyme for serving, if wished

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Preparation:
  1. In a pot, place all the veggies, cover with water and a pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Simmer for about 40 minutes or until the veggies are soft enough to puree them.
  2. Leave on a side to cool down. Work the mixture with a had blender to a smooth consistency.
  3. If necessary, add more water.
  4. Season with salt and pepper and stir well.
  5. Serve hot with some crumbled feta cheese and thyme on top.
Enjoy!
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Tip: Why not try adding a bit of yogurt?

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Meatless Monday: Kale & Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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Meatless Monday Recipe of the day is this amazingly delicious grilled cheese and kale sandwich.
It’s a bit naughty (there’s quite a lot of butter) but I added some kale to make it a bit healthier.:)
I actually made these sandwiches for dinner as I was quite busy with other stuff and had to make something quickly.
But grilled cheese is always a winner, even the little one liked it.
Serve with a side of cucumber, tomatoes or carrots for extra crunch.:)

Here’s what you need.

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Ingredients:
  • 10 slices whole wheat bread
  • 400g/1lb mild cheddar cheese, sliced
  • 200g/7oz butter
  • a handful of kale
  • sliced cucumber for serving
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Preparation:
  1. Heat a griddle pan with some butter.
  2. Place a slice of bread, a small butter knob, two pieces of cheddar and finish with some kale.
  3. Place another slice of bread on top and press the sandwich. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Grill on the other side but before turning it add some more butter on the pan.
  5. Repeat with the rest of the bread slices.
  6. Serve straight from the pan.
Enjoy!
  1. Tip: Why not try adding some bacon strips or ham slices.:)

MM: Eggplant, Tomato & Mozzarella Bake

So here it is – my Meatless Monday recipe – Eggplant, Tomato & Mozzarella Bake!

This is one of my favourite recipes and one of the recipes I make almost every other week.It is simply delicious – lots of melted mozzarella cheese on layers of grilled eggplants and sweet tomato sauce.Also it’s one of those fancy looking recipes but I can assure you, it’s very easy to make and budget – friendly.

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Here’s how to make the Eggplant, Tomato & Mozzarella Bake.

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    Meatless Monday: Eggplant, Tomato & Mozzarella Bake

    Ingredients

    • 2 eggplants, sliced
    • 2 cans chopped tomatoes (about 400g each can)
    • 400g mozzarella, sliced
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 2tbsp brown sugar
    • 1tsp salt
    • 2tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 1tbsp oregano, dry

    Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/394°F.
    2. Dip the eggplant slices into the beaten eggs and arrange them on a greased baking tray. Bake for about 15 minutes.
    3. To prepare the tomato sauce - in a pot, empty the tomato cans, add the olive oil, salt, sugar and oregano. Mix well. Leave it on the hob for about 15 minutes.
    4. Finally - start arranging the baked eggplants, pour some of the tomato sauce and finish with the sliced mozzarella. Repeat and make one more layer.
    5. Sprinkle some more oregano on top and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until ready.
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Tip: To make a spicy tomato sauce – add 1tbsp dry chillies!:)

Meatless Monday: Sun Dried Tomatoes & Spinach Gnocchi

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I think one of the most favourite things to eat, for me, would be pasta.
There’s such a variety of shapes and flavours and it’s always generously topped with cheese – the ultimate comfort food.
Isn’t Italian cuisine the best! I really believe so.-:)
My Meatless Monday recipe of the day is Gnocchi with Spinach, Sun Dried Tomatoes and lots of cheese.
It’s a fast, easy and extremely tasty recipe to feed your family with.:)
These potato pieces are so yummy, you can actually have them with just a bit of olive oil and some cheese. But combined with the spinach and the sun dried tomatoes, the flavours are exceptional.

Here’s what you need.
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Ingredients:
  • 500g/1lb gnocchi
  • 200g/7oz sun dried tomatoes
  • 200g/7oz spinach(frozen)
  • 200g/7oz Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • salt
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Preparation:
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/392°F.
  2. To prepare the gnocchi – follow the instructions on the back of the pack.
  3. When ready, add the spinach in the hot water, leave for 5 minutes and drain the gnocchi.
  4. Transfer the gnocchi into a baking tray, add the sun dried tomatoes and mix well. Because the sun dried tomatoes I used were in olive oil, I just used it for the gnocchi and didn’t add any additional olive oil.
  5. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese and bake in the oven for about 15 minutes or until ready.
Enjoy!

Tip: Make sure to remove the gnocchi from the hob a couple of minutes before the time stated on the pack.


Meatless Monday: Pumpkin, Spinach & Cream Cheese Terrine Bread

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The pumpkin madness is still on and today’s recipe is all about it!
This pumpkin, spinach & cream cheese bread was made 2 days ago and a couple of hours later it was gone.
Unlike the most of the pumpkin bread recipes, this one is not sweet.
There are extra spinach layers in the middle and cream cheese, and of course lots of pumpkin seeds on top.
It might look a bit difficult to make but the recipe is actually quite simple.

Here’s what you need.

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Ingredients:

For the pumpkin layer:
  • 300g/10oz pumpkin, cooked(steamed, baked or boiled)
  • 200g/7oz cream cheese
  • 200g/7oz plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 100g/3.5oz butter, melted
  • 1/2 a cup milk
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 2tsp nutmeg
  • 1tsp salt
  • a handful of pumpkin seeds
For the spinach layer:
  • 1 egg white
  • 150g flour
  • 3tbsp milk
  • 1tsp salt
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Preparation:
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/392°F.
  2. In a bowl, mix the ingredients for the spinach layer an pour in a silicone terrine. Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes or until ready.
  3. Remove from the oven, remove from the tray and leave to cool down.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the ingredients for the pumpkin layer, apart from the seed and the cream cheese. Pour in the silicone terrine you baked the spinach layer.
  5. Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds and bake in the oven for about 25 minutes or until ready. This layer is much thicker than the spinach one so it takes more time to cook.
  6. When ready take out the pumpkin layer  and cut it into halves so that you can put the spinach layer between.
  7. Spread the cream cheese in the middle of the bread and served!
Enjoy!

Tip: For more terrine bread recipes check here!

Meatless Monday: Easy Leek & Potato Soup

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Who doesn’t like hot and creamy soup on a cold and rainy day?

Today is just one of these days so I’m cooking a nice veggie soup – leek, potatoes, cheese and cream.
I think leeks are so appetising and really good with pork but because today’s Meatless Monday the recipe is vegetarian but still as good.:)
It’s so simple and so tasty  – just puree the veggies, add milk, cream and cheese and voila – 15 minutes and you’ve got healthy and nutritious lunch!

Here’s what you need.
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Ingredients:
  • 2 large leeks, roughly chopped
  • 5 potatoes, peeled
  • 1 cup milk
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 parsley sprigs, chopped
  • cream for drizzling
  • cheese for sprinkling

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Preparation:
  1. In a pot, place the veggies, cover with water and bring to a boil. Simmer for about 15 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked.
  2. Add the milk and puree them with a blender. Season with salt and pepper and stir well.
  3. To serve – drizzle some double cream, add some shredded cheese and top up with the chopped parsley.
Enjoy!

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Tip: Well, if you can’t really go without the meat, add some crispy bacon pieces.:)

Meatless Monday: Black Eyed Bean Vegetarian Burrito

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Today’s recipe is great when you don’t have enough time and you don’t have much in the fridge.
This was actually my absolute leftover dinner – I used the black eyed beans from the Black Eyed Bean Curry and the rice left from my Pumpkin Curry I had made the previous week.
Luckily, I had some avocados and tortilla wraps in the fridge and here are they are – The Black Eyed Bean Burritos.
I used some fresh coriander and lime to make some lovely lime and cilantro rice.
And because I didn’t have enough time to make guacamole(not that it takes long) I just sliced the avocados.
I have only added sour cream as extra but if you prefer, you can add some Monterey Jack cheese or lettuce or why not both?:)
Oh, and don’t forget the fresh jalapeños!

Here’s what you need.

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Ingredients:
  • 4 corn tortilla wraps
  • 400g/1lb black eyed beans, cooked(you can used tinned)
  • 300g/10oz white rice, cooked
  • 2 ripe avocados, sliced
  • 2 jalapeños, chopped
  • 3-4tbsp sour cream
  • a bunch of fresh coriander, chopped
  • 1 lime, juice only
  • salt
Preparation:
  1. In a bowl, season the rice with salt, add the lime juice and fresh coriander and mix well.
  2. To prepare the burritos – layer 3-4 tbsp from the lime rice, add the same amount of beans, 2-3 slices of avocado, a pinch of the chopped jalapeños and finish with a drizzle of sour cream. There’s no set recipe for these burritos so you can adjust it to your likings – you can literally add as much as you’d like from the ingredients.:)
  3. When ready, roll them up, cut in halves and serve.
Enjoy!

Tip: Serve with extra lime wedge.