Shrimp & Red Quinoa Casserole

Shrimp & Red Quinoa Casserole

Happy Monday guys! The recipe of the day is here – Shrimp & Red Quinoa Casserole, ready in 30 minutes, more or less, very filling and nutritious. This is the ultimate comfort dish for me and the fact that is so easy to prepare makes it perfect, especially on a gloomy and rainy day like today. Seriously, you can mix this goodness up in minutes. Oh, I forgot to mention, there are some chopped pancetta pieces hidden for extra flavour. What could be more comforting and tasty than succulent shrimp and pancetta in aromatic bowl with nutty red quinoa and a mix of vegetables. ๐Ÿ™‚ Serve it on its own or with some delicious bread to dip in.

Shrimp & Red Quinoa Casserole

It may look like one of those slow cooked dishes that take a long long time to cook but this one is really quick to make. And it’s so heart-warming! I had it with lots of spicy sauce and it was just divine. It’s actually a lot like shrimp gumbo soup. I added red quinoa which went really well with the shrimp. Of course, you can use just regular quinoa. I only had red in my kitchen cupboard but to be honest I somehow prefer it to the regular. There is just a slight taste difference. The red one tastes nuttier and has hot more flavour, I think. But mixed with all the vegetables, shrimp and pancetta it all was bursting with flavour.

Here’s what you need for the Shrimp & Red Quinoa Casserole.

Shrimp & Red Quinoa Casserole
 
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Serves: 35
Ingredients
  • 200g shrimp
  • 100g Pancetta, chopped
  • 150g red quinoa
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1tbsp paprika
  • 1tbsp Garam Masala
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • sour cream to serve
  • fresh coriander to serve
Instructions
  1. Heat a pan with the olive oil and sweat the vegetables for a few minutes. Throw in the Pancetta pieces too. Add some water to cover them and simmer for about 15 minutes.
  2. Add the shrimp and quinoa. Season the casserole with the spices and leave on the hob for another 15 minutes. Add more water, if necessary.
  3. Remove from the hop and serve with some fresh coriander and some sour cream.

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Shrimp & Red Quinoa Casserole

One of the most important part in this dish are the spices. I used paprika and Garam Masala. I really love the last one, it definitely makes such a different in flavor and make your taste buds warm and happy. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you can’t find it in your local shop, you can simply mix it up. It’s a combination of cumin, coriander, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and black pepper. It addsย aย heat to your dishes that is so necessary in the winter days. ๐Ÿ™‚

Shrimp & Red Quinoa CasseroleTip: If you can handle the heat, I suggest, serve this lovely dish with some peppery hot sauce. I didn’t add any in the casserole because of the kids but I had lots of it in my own bowl. Finish it of with a bit of sour cream and fresh coriander leaves, if wished.ย 

Shrimp & Red Quinoa Casserole

Spinach Bites

Spinach Bites

Happy rainy Thursday all! The recipe of the day is tasty and cute – Spinach Bites! These are made with only a few ingredients but they’re a real crowd pleaser. I mean who wouldn’t love these – buttery puff pastry generously covered with spinach cream cheese. Don’t tell there’s spinach and I’m sure no one would notice. Seriously, even the kids liked these (I’m pretty sure they didn’t realize there’s quite a lot of spinach in them). ๐Ÿ™‚

Spinach Bites

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

Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Smoked Salmon Bites

Smoked Salmon Stuffed Avocados

Bacon Wrapped Baby Portobello Mushrooms stuffed with Blue Cheese

These are all very simple and quick to make and taste amazing. As a matter of fact, I absolutely love making a variety of appetizers as a dinner. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s kind of mix and match dinner. ๐Ÿ™‚

And in these gloomy rainy weather, something green and tasty would make you feel better. ๐Ÿ™‚ Seriously though, is it gonna snow in London? It seems we all have been waiting for the snow to come after warning for bad weather coming our way. At ย least the kids will be happy. Anyway, stay warm, safe and hopefully there won’t be any disruptions.

Spinach Bites

Back to my recipe now..

So the only ingredients you’re gonna need are three – spinach, cream cheese and puff pastry. If you prefer and you’re good at it, you can make your own puff pastry. I used shop bought ready to roll pastry. It saved me lots of time and to be honest I use these quite often. It’s amazing – it’s a real-time saver and you don’t have to worry whether you’ll make the puff pastry actually puff. I’ve never made puff pastry before but I know itย might be aย bit tricky so I stayed on the safe side. ๐Ÿ™‚ I used fresh spinach but frozen would work just fine. Simply make sure to defrost it before combining with the cream cheese.

And for meat lovers, some chopped crispy bacon inside the spinach cream cheese would taste divine. I shall try this next time I’m making these bites. Even some smoked fish would taste lovely. But enough already, there are many options and combinations, just choose the one you fancy and let’s get cooking. And eating. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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

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Spinach Bites

Parsnip Pizzas

Parsnip Pizzas

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

Parsnip Pizzas

I would lie if I said these taste like regular pizzas but they definitely taste amazing. Yes, different but absolutely delicious. I came up with the idea as I had to get rid of my pack with parsnips that was in the fridge for a bit too long. And the last time I cooked parsnip no one was really keen so I had to be a bit more creative. Me, personally, I love parsnip no matter how I prepare it – mash or roast, but my family has a different opinion. So how do I make them eat parsnip? Well, make parsnip pizzas! ๐Ÿ™‚ I was also thinking to make some arancini like balls with parsnip but went for the pizzas. Actually, I still have this idea in my plan, so next time my parsnips are staying to long in the fridge I’d probably make parsnip balls.

Parsnip Pizzas

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

Parsnip Pizzas

So back to the pizza again…

As I said it tastes different but in a good way. The inside is simple parsnip mash but thanks to the egg and breadcrumb that hold together the pizza you can actually sliceย it. If you prefer, you can go for one bigger pizza. it’d be probably easier to make and will save you some time. No matter what you’d go for, you should definitely try these. You get pizza and you get veggies. It’s a win-win situation. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s how to make these tasty Parsnip Pizzas.

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

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Parsnip PizzasTip: Why not try with some sautรฉed mushrooms and onions next time? And may be some feta cheese? That sounds delicious to me! ๐Ÿ™‚ Seriously, you can add whatever you’d like and as much as you’d like, just make sure you’d be able to eat them afterwards. ๐Ÿ™‚

Parsnip Pizzas

Hope you enjoy these! Have a wonderful week and stay tuned for another simple but tasty recipe coming your way. ๐Ÿ™‚

Wild Boar Burritos

Wild Boar Burritos

Happy Friday guys! The recipe of the day is Wild Boar Burritos! It is quick, easy and really really tasty. And if you, like me, have all the ingredients cooked in advance, or using leftovers :-), there's no actual cooking required, more of an assembling the burritos. ๐Ÿ™‚ This is the perfect recipe for a lazy Friday night in front of the TV or this is what I'm dreaming of. ๐Ÿ™‚ The only tricky part is the closing the tortilla but I'm sure there are quite a few tutorials out there so that won't be a problem. I myself, am a perfect wrapper thanks to my one year working in a Tex-Mex restaurant. Great times, but that's another story. Back to the burritos now...:-) Wild Boar Burritos I'm a big fan of all Mexican and Mexican inspired recipes. However, it's really important for all the ingredients to be super fresh. think most of them are so simple but so delicious. The Mexicanย is one of my favourite cuisine along with the Italian. It's actually hard to say which one is my favourite because I really like food and I love very different stuff too. Wild Boar Burritos Anyway, these burritos or wraps if you'd like were probably one of the tastiest I've made and that's because of the meat I used. We love wild boar and because I had some leftovers I decided to use it in the burritos. I didn't make a proper guacamole though, felt a bit lazy. ๐Ÿ™‚ What I did was adding sliced avocado, coriander or cilantro and fresh lime juice. It was a lot like guacamole without the onions. Also, I haven't used any rice in this recipe but that didn't make the burritos less appetizing. On the contrary, I stuffed lots of fresh salad leaves inside for a fresh and crunchy flavour. I'm seriously drooling now. I believe I can eat these almost every other day. And with a pint of beer they make the perfect meal for the end of the week! ๐Ÿ™‚ Wild Boar BurritosFor more Mexican inspired recipes check here: Kale & Jerk Shrimp Leftover Wraps Easy Steak Fajitas Spicy Shrimp, Avocado & Beans Crunchy Taco Style Fix Loaded Shrimp Salad Meatless Monday: Black Eyed Bean Vegetarian Burrito

Wild Boar Burritos

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

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

Wild Boar Burritos

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Stuffed Peppers

MM: Stuffed Peppers with Couscous

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

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

And after a long holiday, I’m finally back, and so are my recipes. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m planning lots of interesting recipes (all of them simple, tasty and ready in no time) and I’ve got an exciting idea which I hope I can share with you, once everything is done. ๐Ÿ™‚ I just hope I’ll be more organised this year and manage to find time for everything I’ve planned.

So back to today’s recipe now…

Stuffed Peppers

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

I really thought I’ve tried all of the possible combinations with stuffed peppers but of course, I was wrong. The possibilities are endless. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Stuffed Peppers

I’ve never combined couscous in this way but it turned out really delicious. Even the kids loved it! And seriously, it took me a few minutes only. You can even make the couscous in advance. The only work you need to do is to grate the cheese and stuff the peppers. Then leave it to the oven and enjoy! I love recipes like that – quick, super simple and very tasty! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Quinoa & Beef Stuffed Peppers

Bacon, Cheese & Eggs Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers with Minced Pork, Vegetables & Rice

Bacon & Orzo Stuffed Peppers with Mozzarella Cheese

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

Stuffed Peppers

A quick tip – If you prefer your peppers more cooked, place them in the oven before stuffing them for about 10 minutes. This will make them soften. If you’d rather have them crunchy, skip this step. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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

Gingerbread Cheesecake

Gingerbread Cheesecake

Happy Thursday all ! Today's recipe is Gingerbread Cheesecake with Chocolate Swirls. It's rich, creamy and super indulgent - exactly what we need for the festive season or what we wish for. ๐Ÿ™‚ And it's so aromatic, with a mixture of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. For me, this is the smell ย of Christmas. ๐Ÿ™‚ I absolutely love these spices, and it seems I use them quite often over the festive period. And of course, you could not not make some gingerbread men cookies. We still haven't done these, but it's on my to cook list. On the other side, my little helper helped me to make indulgent chocolate and pistachio cups and Christmas cupcakes. I'm not sure whether she enjoyed more the cooking and decorating process or the testing. ๐Ÿ™‚ Either way, it's always fun to cook with your little one, isn't it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Stay tuned for more Festive recipes coming your way very soon. ๐Ÿ™‚ ย  Gingerbread Cheesecake Oh, and I forgot to mention, this is a no bake cheesecake (as most of my cheesecake recipes) so it's really simple to make, it only requires refrigerating for a few hours. I don't think I've actually done many cheesecake recipes that require baking. There are probably not any on my blog, now that I think about it. Do you bake your cheesecakes? ๐Ÿ™‚ I love all these no baking recipes, they're just make everything quicker and easier so wherever possible, I 'cheat' a bit. ๐Ÿ™‚ Gingerbread Cheesecake I was thinking to add some salted caramel on top but at the last minute changed it to milk chocolate swirls. Both versions are delicious, I guess I was feeling more chocolatey that day. ๐Ÿ™‚ Let me tell you about these chocolate swirls - they are so soft and creamy and taste like pure heaven. I used lots of double cream and chocolate to make them, and I made the quite big as you can see, but this made this Gingerbread Cheesecake divine. I should warn you, this is definitely not light and guilt free, but it's not Christmas everyday. And a small piece of this amazing Gingerbread Cheesecake won't do any harm, or may be two small pieces. ๐Ÿ™‚ Gingerbread Cheesecake

Here's what you need for this No Bake Festive Cheesecake.

Gingerbread Cheesecake
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 300g ginger biscuits, crushed
  • 300g cream cheese
  • 2 cups double cream
  • 150g butter, melted
  • 200g milk chocolate
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 2tsp ginger
  • 1tsp cloves
  • 1tsp nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Combine the ginger biscuits with melted butter and layer them in a baking tray.
  2. In a bowl, combine the cream cheese, half of the double cream and spices. Mix well.
  3. Pour the cream cheese mixture on top of the biscuit layer.
  4. To make the chocolate swirls - beat the cream until thick, melt the chocolate and add to the cream. Mix well.
  5. Use a piping bag to make the swirls.

Tip: If you wish, you can use some gingerbread men cookies or sugar canes to decorate the cheesecake, or any other edible Christmas decoration. I’ve used all of mine so I didn’t have any on that ย day but it’ll look lovely, I’m sure.

Gingerbread Cheesecake

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Spinach & Pumpkin Cups

Spinach Pumpkin Cups

Happy Friday guys! The recipe of the day is here – Spinach Pumpkin Cups with cheese centre! And the weekend is coming too! Wow! Have you got any plans? Now that I’ve done my Christmas shopping, I can relax. I’ve got lots of cooking planned, hopefully will manage to do half of it. But, yes, lots of new festive and not so festive recipes coming so stay tuned. All of them will be simple, easy and super delicious, I promise. ๐Ÿ™‚

I can’t believe I’m actually writing my third post this week! Woohooo, go me! ๐Ÿ™‚ As I shared in my previous posts, that was what I was aiming for – three tasty recipes per week. It’s been two posts so far but slowly, I think I’ll be able to share three recipes. And, don’t get me wrong, I’ve got plenty of recipes, but the biggest problem is to find the time! Well, I suppose I need to be more organised, and I’ll always find time, or at least most of the time. ๐Ÿ™‚

Spinach & Pumpkin Cups

This recipe is similar to my Spinach Cups recipe but there’s a yummy pumpkin layer. It’s basically two-layer muffin or cup. I don’t really know how I came up with the idea to combine pumpkin and spinach. I just had some spinach and leftover pumpkin so I had to make something up. Overall, these cups are quite sweet, because of the pumpkin. Not like dessert sweet. They’re savoury but they’ve got sweetness, if that makes sense at all. ๐Ÿ™‚

You know how the spinach taste a bit bland, so to make these Spinach Pumpkin Cupsย more appetizing I added ย a piece pf cheese between the layers. Oh, and pumpkin seeds to for a crunchiness. ๐Ÿ™‚ These are delicious to have for breakfast, lunch and dinner, on their own or as a side. Or why not have them with a bit of butter. That might be a bit naughty but will definitely be super tasty. It’s the perfect Meatless Monday recipe. It seems, I’m posting meat free recipes on any day but not Monday. ๐Ÿ™‚ Really have to change that.

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

Ingredients:

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

Spinach Pumpkin Cups

Preparation:

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

Enjoy!

Spinach Pumpkin Cups

Tip: These cups are delicious snack and perfect to have them on the go. They’re light and filling and look really pretty, don’t you think? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Spinach Pumpkin Cups

Stuffed Celeriac

Stuffed Celeriac with Pork

Happy Thursday guys! The recipe of the day is Stuffed Celeriac with Pork. It’s incredible easy and delicious, perfect for the winter nights. And it only uses a few ingredients but lots of spices to make you feel warm. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have you done your Christmas shopping yet or just starting out? Or maybe haven’t thought about it yet. I believe I’m done, hopefully. Not that I don’t enjoy it, Christmas is my favourite time of the year but all that choosing a gift that your loved ones will love and that’s within your budget, it’s quite stressful. I find it very stressful actually. Now that is over, I just hope everyone will be happy with their gifts from Santa. ๐Ÿ™‚

Back to the recipe now. ๐Ÿ™‚ I admit, I haven’t really used celeriac much, I’ve tried salads and soups with it but never stuffed it. It’s got really specific flavour, very aromatic and I think it really complemented the pork. I also added a generous amount of Parmesan cheese on top for a crispy cheesy finish. ๐Ÿ™‚ Really good stuff, I definitely recommend it.

Stuffed Celeriac

To be honest though, my little one was not that keen on the celeriac. She didn’t mind the pork but I guess this specific flavour wasn’t really her type. ๐Ÿ™‚ It seems that’s the case with lot’s of ingredients these days. She’s getting fussier by the day. I really hope that’s because of the age because I’m really running out of option what to prepare for her so she could happily eat it. Apart from the all time favourite chicken nuggets, chips and pizza. ๐Ÿ™‚ These are always winners but I can’t offer them everyday. Anyway, I’m not giving up, I try various recipes everyday and try to convince her to at least have a bite. Do you have the same problem?:-)

And here’s what you need for the Stuffed Celeriac.

Ingredients:

  • 1 celeriac, cut in halves
  • 200g pork, diced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 small carrot, chopped
  • 150g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1tsp Garam Masala
  • 2tsp paprika
  • 1tsp cumin
  • 1tsp thyme
  • a handful of fresh parsley, chopped
  • olive oil
  • salt to taste

Stuffed Celeriac

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200ยฐC. Drizzle the celeriac halves with some olive oil and place in the oven for about 30 minutes until soft.
  2. Remove from the oven and when cooled, scoop out the celeriac so you can stuff it with the pork. Chop the celeriac that was scooped out.
  3. Meanwhile, heat a pan with the olive oil and gently sweat the onions, celeriac and carrots for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the pork, season with the spices, mix well and leave to cook for about 15 minutes or until ready. Make sure to stir occasionally.
  5. Fill the celeriac halves with the pork mixture, sprinkle the Parmesan cheese and place in the oven for about 15 minutes so the cheese is crispy and golden.
  6. Remove from the oven and serve.

Enjoy!

Tip: Why not serve with some rice or quinoa?

Stuffed Celeriac

broccolisoup

MM: Cavolo Nero & Broccoli Soup

Happy Meatless Monday guys! Today MM recipe is Broccoli Soup with Cavolo Nero. It’s been a while since I’ve posted a MM recipe but hopefully that’ll change and I’ll be able to do it regularly. And I’ve got so new festive recipes just lack the time to post them and share them with you or at least I wish I could be able to post a few more but… working on that. ๐Ÿ™‚

OK, so Broccoli Soup sounds pretty simple, right? But then some of you would probably wonder what Cavolo Nero is? At least, I was definitely wondering what that was when I first saw it in the shop but it definitely got my attention. ๐Ÿ™‚ Well, let me tell you, I used it for the first time in this soup. I’ve never heard of it before. It’s only recently when I noticed it in the shops and I’ve been really curious about it.

 

Broccoli & Cavolo Nero Soup

So one day, I just grabbed a pack of it and decided to get familiar with it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I thought it would taste good in the soup and I’m so glad I used it. Apparently it’s variety of kale, or Italian kale as I read. It’s got really rich and sweet flavour so it was perfect for my Broccoli Soup but it would be lovely in other meat and fish dishes, I’m sure. Also, I’d love to make a salad with it, probably will have to steam it first, for just a couple of minutes but I believe it would turn into lovely winter salad. ย And I love the dark green colour it’s got! ๐Ÿ™‚ Now that I’ve met this variety of kale, I’ll definitely be using it more often. However, I don’t get to see it very often in the shop but I guess it’s in store in certain months only.

Anyway, here’s what you need for this heart-warming Broccoli Soup with Cavolo Nero.

Broccoli & Cavolo Nero Soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium broccoli
  • 3-4 leaves Cavolo Nero
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 potatoes, cut in halves
  • 150g mild Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 cup double cream
  • salt and pepper to taste

 

Broccoli & Cavolo Nero Soup

Preparation:

  1. In a pot, cover all the veggies with water and bring to a boil. Simmer for about 20 minutes or until they’re soft enough.
  2. Season with salt and pepper, add the cream and cheese and blitz the mixture to a smooth and creamy consistency. If necessary add some water.
  3. If wished, serve with some extra cheese and cream on top. I definitely recommend that!

Enjoy!

Broccoli & Cavolo Nero Soup

Tip: If you’d like to add more flavour and calories to this perfect soup, why not try adding some crispy bacon! ๐Ÿ™‚ That would make it one of the best winter warmer recipes, wouldn’t it? ๐Ÿ™‚

Loaded Shrimp Salad

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.