MM: Grilled Vegetables & Halloumi Bulgur Salad

Happy Mondayย guys! The recipe of the day is Grilled Vegetables & Halloumi Bulgur Salad – packed with crunchy veggies, grilled Halloumi and bulgur wheat, this salad is not only super delicious but very nutritious and healthy!

MM: Grilled Vegetables & Halloumi Bulgur Salad

And because it’s Meatless Monday, it’s a great meat free option to have today.

It seems I haven’t posted a MM recipe for a long time! So it was about time! The truth is I post whenever I can. I know I should probably make a schedule and stick to it but it’s really difficult and my plan almost never works.

For example, I had quite interesting recipes to test, photos to edit and of course blog posts to share. And of course, lots of other stuff to do. ๐Ÿ™‚ What happened? Well, chickenpox happened. ๐Ÿ™‚ Not me, but my daughter got it so we stayed at home for the whole week. And I had to make sure to entertain her and the little one too. I barely had time to cook. But this is over now, so we are back to our normal schedule – nursery, playgroups with the baby and ย the only time I’ve got is when they nap. So the longer the nap, the better the work I manage to do. Hopefully I’ll be able to upload a few yummy recipes this week! Fingers crossed! ๐Ÿ™‚

MM: Grilled Vegetables & Halloumi Bulgur Salad

Anyway, I think you get the point, back to this gorgeous Grilled Vegetables & Halloumi Bulgur Salad…

It’s one of the simplest recipes to make and yet it’s so delicious and very filling. Bulgur in general is quite filling so if you need a meal to keep you up for longer this is the one. There are tinned veggies you can use, if it’s more convenient for you, but the freshly grilled veggies would taste better.

I also added a generous serving of hummus which I had in the fridge for a couple of days. It worked really well with the veggies and even the bulgur. ๐Ÿ™‚ It also probably doubled the calories! ๐Ÿ™‚

And I used Chilli Halloumi which is so tasty! Now that I found it in my local shop I always get in my weekly shopping and add it to salads, bbqs, sandwiches. It is quite spicy, so if you’re not hot food lover go with the normal Halloumi.

MM: Grilled Vegetables & Halloumi Bulgur Salad

Here’s how to make this salad.

MM: Grilled Vegetables & Halloumi Bulgur Salad

MM: Grilled Vegetables & Halloumi Bulgur Salad

Ingredients

  • 300g bulgur wheat, cooked
  • 1 eggplant, grilled and sliced
  • 1 zucchini, grilled and sliced
  • 10 sun-dried tomatoes
  • 150g Halloumi, grilled and sliced
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 1tbsp lemon juice
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine the bulgur with the vegetables.
  2. Add the olive oil and lemon juice, season with salt. Mix well.
  3. Arrange the grilled Halloumi cheese pieces on top and serve.
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MM: Grilled Vegetables & Halloumi Bulgur Salad

I hope you enjoy this recipes, stay tuned for more quick, easy and tasty recipes coming soon..

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ I simply had to get rid of a few products in my fridge butย turned out they were a great addition to this beautiful salad.

And because it’s Sunday I think we all deserve some rest ย 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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyone with me? ๐Ÿ™‚

Leftover Duck & Spinach Salad

Now, I know, not all of you may have any leftover duck at the moment. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ย 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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Ingredients
  • 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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 especiallyย 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚ But I added a splash of my favourite garlic sauce. Lentils and garlic is a must! ๐Ÿ™‚

If you, however, decide to go with a dressing, I’d suggest simple olive oil, lemon juice and salt. Simple, fresh and tasty. ๐Ÿ™‚

Warm Lentil & Grilled Halloumi Cheese Salad

Oh, and what about the Halloumi cheese? What’s a salad without a bit of cheese? ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚ Meanwhile, I’ll try and invent a ‘not salad recipe’ with Halloumi cheese. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

10 Simple & Healthy Salad Recipes

Happy Friday Guys! So today’s post is a round-up of the 10 Simple & Healthy Salad Recipes I love.

To be honest, they’re much more than that, but these are the ones I picked for you.

I do make and consume lots of salads so for me it’s important to make them different and tasty every time. I often add fruit, cheese, seafood, meat and seeds. And some of them get so filling that they can easily pass as a main. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve got some really skinny ones but most of them are packed with goodies.

Here we go…

MeatlessMonday: Pumpkin & Black Quinoa Salad with Tahini Dressing

So this beauty is made of black quinoa, roasted pumpkin and creamy tahini dressing. Oh, there’s a handful of sunflower seeds for that extra crunch. It’s perfect for the cold days, especially during the pumpkin season. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s super filling and amazingly tasty. Definitely one of my fav!

Pumpkin & Black Quinoa Salad

Meatless Monday: Raspberry Rocket Salad with Cottage Cheese & Avocado

This one is a typical salad I eat during a hot summer day. It’s very light and refreshing but at the same time it’s very nutritious. It’s packed with vitamins and minerals so it’s really good for you. And of course, it tastes delicious! The combination of cottage cheese and fresh ripe raspberries is divine. ๐Ÿ™‚

Raspberry & Cottage Cheese Salad

Loaded Shrimp Salad

Well, let me see, this one is a bit on the naughty side, but I every bite of it is pure happiness. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s more of a taco bowl/salad, inspired by my love of Tex/Mex food. What’s not to love about it – succulent shrimp, ripe avocado, crunchy tortilla chips, pinto beans, Mozzarella cheese and a generous serving of sour cream – all in one comforting bowl. ๐Ÿ™‚

Loaded Shrimp Salad

Kale, Blueberries & Blue Cheese Grilled Chicken Salad

I’ve been having lots of kale salads recently(recent years I think) so I really tried to mix things ups and make them tasty and pretty. ๐Ÿ™‚ This is definitely the one I like most from the kale variety. The blueberries and blue cheese work so well together and the grilled chicken add some extra deliciousness. It’s all taste crunchy, juicy and fresh. ๐Ÿ™‚

Kale, Blueberry & Grilled Chicken Salad

Leftover Beef & Pear Rocket Salad

This one I actually made from leftovers. I used some lean beef, ripe pears, rocket and raisins. It turned out the combination was really satisfying and quite filling. You can easily use it as a main dish, plus you get your five a day. ๐Ÿ™‚

Beef & Pear Salad

MeatlessMonday: Kale & Orange Quinoa Salad

Simple, but very refreshing salad, ready in just a few minutes. The orange got this salad to a whole different level. ๐Ÿ™‚

Kale & Orange Quinoa Salad

MeatlessMonday: Black Quinoa, Farro & Rice salad with Radishes

Next one – earthy and nutty flavour and packed with goodness. This grain salad will keep you full for a long, long time and will give you the energy you need for the busy day ahead.

Black Quinoa, Farro & Rice Salad with Radishes

Grilled Halloumi & Sweet Baby Peppers Quinoa Salad with Raisins

Grilled Halloumi Cheese? Yes, please. Grilled Baby Peppers & Rocket to go with it? Perfect. It’s more of a cheese with salad this one, but as I love Halloumi it’s perfect for me. Well, may be a few pieces less next time. ๐Ÿ™‚

Grilled Halloumi & Baby Peppers Salad

MeatlessMonday: Zucchini Spaghetti & Kale Salad with Radishes

For all of you who are on a raw vegan diet, this is delicious, absolutely lovely salad to make in the summer days, either to accompany your mains or as a side. You might’ve noticed, I do like radishes. ๐Ÿ™‚

Zucchini Spaghetti & Kale Salad with Radishes

Pomegranate & Feta Cheese Quinoa Salad

I remember I made this pomegranates during the festive period last year and they got really popular amongst my friends and family. Not only they look pretty but they’re also very yummy, with my favourite feta cheese and quinoa – simple but tasty.

Stuffed Pomegranate with Quinoa & Feta Cheese Salad

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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ Especially after a long and exhausting week! So why not make these like your perfect weekend treat! We all deserve it. ๐Ÿ™‚ After all, you need some energy for the busy week ahead. ๐Ÿ™‚

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.!

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Shredded Goose & Shrimp Sandwich

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Loaded Shrimp Salad

Happy Fridayย 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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 Saladย 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 ingredientย that needed cookingย 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. ๐Ÿ™‚ After all, it’s Friday or Friyay! ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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.

 

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 withย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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I hope you all had a great weekend and are getting ready to start the week ahead. Or not really ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s incredibly easy recipe, and really comforting. I was quite generous on the cheese, but this is how I like my spaghetti squash ๐Ÿ™‚

spaghetti squash

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ Here you can check myย Sautรฉed Mushrooms & Millet Stuffed Butternut Squashย 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.

spaghetti-squash

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 200ยฐC.
  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 5-10ย 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? ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ You can always preheat them but it’s not the same taste.

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Roasted Pumpkin Hummus

Happy end of the week guys! And happy Pumpkin season!

Hope you all gonna have a great weekend with interesting things to do and lots of time to rewind and get ready for the next busy week! At least, this is what I’m planning to do.

It’s funny how youย wait impatiently for Friday to come and then a few moments later you realize it’s already Monday and you need to go back to your work ๐Ÿ™‚ Not fair, someone should extend the weekend one more day at least or even two! That would be something.

And Halloween is just in 10 days! Did you get your costumes yet. I still have to figure it out what would be my Halloween accessory as my daughter insist I need to be a witch when accompanying her to a Halloween party. And then you need start planning and organising Christmas. How crazy is that, time is literally flying. But I do love this time of the year and then Christmas is definitely my favourite time of the year so I’m looking forward to it!

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The recipe of the day is a Pumpkin Hummus which I’ve never tried before(how could I miss that)but now it seems I even prefer it to the regular hummus. I love combining sweet and sour ingredients and this recipe is exactly that – the pumpkin(or squash will do the same) is sweet but it really combines well with the tahini, lemon and garlic. By the way, make sure you roast the garlic (I did mine with the pumpkin). Otherwise it might be a bit harsh. I mean, I do like garlic, but seriously, it tastes much better when it’s roasted, in this particular recipe at least.

It is a really unusual taste this hummus, but in a good way. It’s sweet but you can definitely taste the nuttiness of the tahini and the roasted garlic, of course. It’s surprising something that simple could taste that good.

The consistency is very rich so if wished add some water. And if you really like olive oil, be more generous, hummus loves olive oil ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, to make it a bit crunchy, try adding some pumpkin seeds on top, sunflower work too or even some chia seeds. Make it as seedy as you’d like ๐Ÿ™‚ Thus, it’ll not only taste divine, but it’ll be packed with healthy ingredients that will boost your energy.

Here’s what you need for this yummy dip.

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Ingredients:

  • 300g pumpkin or squash, roasted
  • 2 garlic cloves, roasted (with the pumpkin)
  • 100g tahini paste
  • 100ml olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon, juice only
  • salt to taste

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Preparation:

  1. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients and blitz to a smooth mixture.
  2. If wished add more or less olive oil and if the mixture is too thick, add some water.
  3. Spread it on a wholemeal toastย or dip it with some crackers.

Enjoy!

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Tip: This is not only a delicious hummus but you could also use it as a spread or even whip it in your pasta next time for a tasty Pumpkin Pasta!

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Hasselback Zucchini with Crispy Bacon

Happy Monday all! I hope you are all having a great start of the week! Today’s recipe is not a vegetarian, but it’s so tasty I could not not share it with you Hasselback Zucchini with Crispy Bacon. And also, my MM recipe is not done yet.:) Life gets busy sometimes, I mean, really busy:-)

So, these are hasselback zucchini with bacon and Parmesan, or stuffed zucchini if you’d like( It’s amazing how many different ways to prepare zucchini are out there!)They’re quite naughty but really yummy soย definitely worth the calories. Plus the fact that you’re actually having zucchini makes the recipe half healthy, if that makes sense at all:-) Probably not.

If you can, use pancetta, I definitely prefer cooking and eating pancetta, it’s just tastier and adds a different flavour to your meal. Combined with Parmesan, these two make the zucchini irresistible. They ย actually can make lots of thing delicious, you can never go wrong with cheese and bacon, can you!

I have to warn you though, they are not that irresistible when they’re cold. So make sure to eat them straight from the oven, if necessary reheat, but I wouldn’t advice so.

Mines were finished straight away so I did not have that problem.

I had them as an appetizer but they’re quite good as a main as they’re quite filling but at the same time light and fresh(thanks to the zucchini) or as a side.

Here’s what you need for these beauties.

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 zucchini
  • 100g/3.5oz bacon or pancetta
  • 100g/3.5oz grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200ยฐC/392ยฐF.
  2. Make cuts into the zucchini so you can put the bacon, do not slice them all the way through though.
  3. Arrange the bacon into the cuts, season with salt and pepper and place in the oven for about 20 minutes.
  4. Remove, sprinkle the Parmesan and cook for another 5 minutes so the cheese melts nicely.
  5. Serve hot!

Enjoy!

Tip: If you’d like to stick with a vegetarian version why not try theseย Mozzarella & Gouda Cheese Zucchini Bites!

MM: Raw Vegan Zucchini Cashew Dip

Happy Meatless Monday all! ย As you may know from my previous post I’ve been embracing various raw vegan recipes and so far I’ve been loving them! I just love the fact that they are so simple, take only a minute to prepare and yet are so delicious. And I can’t stress enough how healthy these raw vegan recipes are. I really feel the difference when having a raw vegan meal in a good way. I mean, I feel really well nourished. All these raw veggies, raw nuts and a good olive oil, they really do wonders. I am definitely not a vegan, I like all kinds of food but I believe there should be a balance and we should aim eating more fruit and veggies, especially raw ones.

Back to the recipe again. ๐Ÿ™‚ So what I made is Zucchini & Cashew Dip which tasted a lot like pesto. I had it with carrot sticks, peppers & cucumbers.

This zucchini dip is just divine, I absolutely love it. It’s perfect for the hot summer day or simply when you’d like to have a light and refreshing meal(or dip in this case) ๐Ÿ™‚ You can add it to your salad, pasta or just dip yummy veggies into it. You can also have it on some crispy garlic bread. That would be too tasty!

Here’s what you need for this tasty Zucchini Cashew Dip.

Ingredients:

  • 2 zucchini, cut in chunks
  • 150g/5oz raw cashew nuts
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3tbsp olive oil
  • salt
  • lemon juice, if wished

Preparation:

  1. Simply combine all the ingredients together and blitz to a smooth consistency. If wished, add more olive oil.
  2. Serve with some carrot sticks or cucumber sticks.

Tip: Why not whip in that zucchini dip into your pasta next time! It is delicious!