Turkey Meatball Pizza

Happy Thursday! Here’s the recipe of the day – Turkey Meatball Pizza!

Turkey Meatball Pizza

I even made the dough from scratch! Not that it’s too difficult, it just takes a bit more time but it’s totally worth it. Of course, if you’re time-restraint, you can always use shop bought dough.

Turkey Meatball Pizza

So, more about the pizza now..I used Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, cheery tomatoes, sweet red peppers, black olives and a bit of spinach. I love both meatballs and pizza and the idea of having both in one mealΒ sounded really good. For the base, I simply used flour, yeast and olive oil, really simple, but again a bit time-consuming. I topped dit up with tomato sauce and then arranged all the other ingredients. It was quite loaded pizza, succulentΒ and cheesy, one of my favourite thing to have on movie night. πŸ™‚

And the weekend is just one day away so I might have to make this pizza again. πŸ™‚ I don’t know about you but my weekends go by too quickly, really quickly. It seems the anticipation is so long and thenΒ you wake up and it’s Monday again. There’s never enough time to relax, cook, meet with friends, watch movies and have fun with the kids. Seriously, we need an extra weekend day.

Turkey Meatball Pizza

Back to the food now…Feel free to add sauces you fancy. I usually add some garlic sauce and of course, lots of hot sauce. But to be honest, this pizza is quite juicy, so you might skip the sauce. But on the other side, meatballs with hot sauce are so tasty. πŸ™‚

Turkey Meatball Pizza

Here’s what you need to make the Turkey Meatball Pizza

Turkey Meatball Pizza
 
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Ingredients
  • 4-5 tbsp tomato sauce
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 5-6 cherry tomatoes, cut in halves
  • 100g Mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 100g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 10 black olives
  • a handful of fresh spinach
  • For the Meatballs:
  • 300g ground turkey
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 1tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper
  • For the pizza dough:
  • 500g flour
  • 7g yeast
  • 2tbsp warm milk
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 1tbsp salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200Β°C.
  2. To make the meatballs - mix all the ingredients in a bowl and shape small balls.
  3. To make the dough - mix the dough ingredients and add warm water as much as needed to make a smooth dough. Knead for about five minutes, cover with a tea towel and leave for about an hour to rise.
  4. When the dough is ready, roll it out and place in a greased baking tray.
  5. Spread the tomato sauce and sprinkle the cheese on top.
  6. Add the peppers, spinach leaves and tomatoes.
  7. Arrange the turkey meatballs on top. Sprinkle some more Parmesan cheese.
  8. Bake in the oven for about 40 minutes or until ready.

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Turkey Meatball PizzaTip: If you use shop-bought dough, you might need to half cook the meatballs before baking the pizza, especially if you make giant ones like me. πŸ™‚ Simply place them in the oven and cook for about 15 minutes. Then you can arrange them on the pizza and bake again.

Turkey Meatball Pizza

Simple Chicken Satay

Happy Tuesday guys! Today’s recipe of the day is Simple Chicken Satay! This is a lovely family recipe that your family would love. It’s simple to make, I baked the chicken in the oven, so the only thing that you need to do really is to marinade it the night before.

Simple Chicken Satay

You can always marinade it for a few hours only but the flavour is much better and the chicken tastes divine when left overnight. It helps the marinade to work properly and the chicken bites to absorb it. πŸ™‚

I used peanut butter, soy sauce and curry powder, oh, and a tiny bit of lemon juice. It got a bit thick so I added a bit of water too.

Simple Chicken Satay

To be honest, I was a bit surprise that my kids actually liked the chicken. I mean, they enjoy chicken but plain, so I was a bit sceptical. But it seems recently they’ve been surprising me a lot in regards to food. I guess their taste buds are changing. πŸ™‚

Simple Chicken Satay

TheyΒ specifically requested some chips to go with it but as I was on the move, I didn’t have any time so I offered them tasty bulgur salad with olives and cherry tomatoes and they agreed. πŸ™‚ At least I know for sure they like olives and tomatoes so everything with them is fine (almost every time).

And of course, I had to make the chips later on, when I had time. That was the deal. Sometimes, it feels like they can live on chips. And they’re quite fussy about their chips too. πŸ™‚ They should be skinny, plain and yellow in colour. πŸ™‚ What requirements, huh! πŸ™‚ Oh, and not burnt, even a tiny bit.

Simple Chicken Satay

So let me tell you about the bulgur wheat salad… This salad was quite like tabbouleh but with not so much herbs. I find the bulgur so tasty, especially in salads. It’s been a while since I last cooked with it so I’m glad I found it in my kitchen cupboard. And apparently, it is really beneficial to your health. So let’s stock up on some bulgur. πŸ™‚ I really need to now as I’m out of it. πŸ™‚

You can serve the Chicken Satay with almost everything, well I said almost. πŸ™‚ It’ll be delicious with some lime rice, quinoa, chips, couscous, roasted veggies, again, whatever you fancy. πŸ™‚ Or why not make this bulgur wheat salad, it’s super quick and super tasty.

Here’s how to make these Succulent & Simple Chicken Satay

Simple Chicken Satay
 
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Ingredients
  • 4 chicken breasts, cut into pieces
  • 3tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • 3tbsp soy sauce
  • 1tbsp curry powder
  • 1tbsp lemon juice
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients for the marinade and mix well. If the mixture is too thick, add a bit of water.
  2. Add the chicken pieces in, mix them well with the marinade and cover with cling film.
  3. Place in the fridge overnight.
  4. Bake the chicken in the oven for about 20 minutes at 200Β° or until ready.
  5. Serve with a lime wedge.

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Simple Chicken Satay

Baked Tuna Meatballs

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

Baked Tuna Meatballs

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

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

Baked Tuna Meatballs

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

Baked Tuna Meatballs

Here’s how to make the Baked Tuna Meatballs.

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

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Baked Tuna Meatballs

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

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

Baked Tuna Meatballs

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

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

Baked Tuna Meatballs

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

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

Beef Breakfast Wraps

Happy Thursday! The recipe of the day is here – Beef Breakfast Wraps – so simple to make and so delicious to have!

Beef Breakfast Wraps

They’re one of those breakfast recipes that you can have them all day long – scrambled eggs, sweet red peppers, ripe avocado and beef. All that topped with lots of cheese and wrapped up. Believe me, you’re going to love these wraps.

I used shop bought cooked beef, which saved a lot of time. You can use whatever you’d like. You might have any leftovers or simply choose a small amount of cooked meat from your local shop.

I also added a tiny drop of sour cream to make the thing even juicier. I do love sour cream, I know it’s not the healthiest thing ever but the key is in moderation, I guess. πŸ™‚

For some reason,Β I’ve been making lots of wraps/burritos recently. Not only they’re our family favourite but they take a few minutes only (which make them mummy’s favourites too), if you’ve got all the ingredients prepped and cooked in advance. And the combinations you can try are numerous. Breakfast, lunch or dinner, fish, meat or simply vegetarian, there are so many delicious way to make these to your taste. So that’s a good reason, actually. πŸ™‚

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

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

Beef Breakfast Wraps

Oh, yes, I forgot to mention, there are some black olives too. I actually added the olives in the scramble eggs, I find the combination very yummy. πŸ™‚ But this is not necessary at all, so if for some reason you don’t fancy olives, just don’t add them. The eggs were cooked in advance so all I had to do was to make the wraps which took me 5 minutes. Seriously, I’m really good at wrapping these things. πŸ™‚

We actually couldn’t finish them all, which was quite surprising, just one of the wraps was left for lunch for the next day.

My kids actually unwrap everything and pick the bits and pieces they like. But as long as they have some food, this is fine by me. πŸ™‚

Needless to say, I had mine with lots of hot sauce. πŸ™‚ I simply can’t help it.

Beef Breakfast Wraps

Here’s how to make these gorgeous Beef Breakfast Wraps.

Beef Breakfast Wraps
 
Ingredients
  • 4 flour tortillas
  • 300g beef, cooked and shredded
  • 200g Monterey Jack cheese, grated
  • 3 grilled red peppers, sliced thinly
  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced
  • 5 scrambled eggs(cooked in advance)
  • 4tbsp sour cream
  • fresh coriander leaves
Instructions
  1. Heat up the wrap for 2-3 minutes in the oven or microwave.
  2. Basically, make sure to divide the ingredients equally between the wraps.
  3. Add the scrambled eggs and beef, then peppers and cheese.
  4. Finish off with some sour cream and fresh coriander leaves and close the wraps.
  5. Serve with some hot sauce! Or lots of it! πŸ™‚

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

Turkey & Spinach Enchiladas

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

Turkey & Spinach Enchiladas

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

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

Turkey & Spinach Enchiladas

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

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

Turkey & Spinach Enchiladas

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

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

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

Turkey & Spinach Enchiladas

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

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

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

Turkey & Spinach Enchiladas

Leftover Duck & Spinach Salad

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

Leftover Duck & Spinach Salad

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

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

Leftover Duck & Spinach Salad

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

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

Leftover Duck & Spinach Salad

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

Leftover Duck & Spinach Salad

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

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

Leftover Duck & Spinach Salad
 
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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! πŸ™‚

Warm Lentil & Grilled Halloumi Cheese Salad

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

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

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

Warm Lentil & Grilled Halloumi Cheese Salad

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

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

Warm Lentil & Grilled Halloumi Cheese Salad

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

Warm Lentil & Grilled Halloumi Cheese Salad

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

Warm Lentil & Grilled Halloumi Cheese Salad

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

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

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

Butternut Squash, Quinoa & Chia Seed Burgers

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

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

Here’s my suggestion for Super Bowl snacking:

Meatless Monday: Stuffed Zucchini Bites with Mozzarella & Gouda Cheese

Bacon, Cheese & Eggs Stuffed Peppers

Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Wild Boar Burritos

Smoked Salmon Stuffed Avocados

Meatless Monday: Black Eyed Bean Vegetarian Burrito

Quail Egg Eggplant Pizzas

Parsnip Pizzas

Smoked Salmon Bites

Spinach Bites

Cheesy Chicken & Spinach Bites

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

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

Butternut Squash, Quinoa & Chia Seed Burgers

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

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

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

Butternut Squash, Quinoa & Chia Seed Burgers

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

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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. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚

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

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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