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. 🙂

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. 🙂

Back to the recipe now. 🙂 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. 🙂 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. 🙂 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. 🙂 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 200°C. 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

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. 🙂

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. 🙂 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. 🙂 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.  And I love the dark green colour it’s got! 🙂 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! 🙂 That would make it one of the best winter warmer recipes, wouldn’t it? 🙂

Loaded Shrimp Salad

Happy Friday 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! 🙂 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 Salad 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 ingredient that needed cooking 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. 🙂 After all, it’s Friday or Friyay! 🙂

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. 🙂 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! 🙂 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.

 

Quinoa & Beef Stuffed Peppers

Happy Wednesday guys! The recipe of the day is quick and easy Stuffed Peppers with Quinoa and Beef.

It’s a delicious and very satisfying meal.  Stuffed peppers have become one of our family’s favourite recipes. It seems they are always popular no matter what you stuff them with. 🙂 I usually make them with beef, pork and rice but this time instead of the rice I used quinoa. There was definitely a difference in the taste. You know, how quinoa adds a but nuttiness to the food. Well, it made the peppers really tasty and healthy.

The recipe is really basic and requires only a few ingredients but the taste is amazing. I love this version but if you’re a vegetarian or simply prefer a lighter version, use quinoa only or check below for some yummy vegetarian Stuffed Peppers recipes. I particularly like the ones with the cheese. Cheese is always good, the more, the better 🙂 And not to mention, they’re actually quite light and healthy so if you watch your diet, this is a good option. Probably without the Parmesan cheese though 🙂

Quinoa & Beef Stuffed Peppers
Quinoa & Beef Stuffed Peppers

Here’s what you need for these quick and easy Stuffed Peppers.

Ingredients:

  • 5-6 peppers, cut in halves
  • 200g quinoa, cooked
  • 300g beef mince
  • 1 small carrot, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1tsp cumin
  • 2tsp paprika
  • 1tsp black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese for sprinkling
Quinoa & Beef Stuffed Peppers
Quinoa & Beef Stuffed Peppers

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Heat a pan with the olive oil and gently sweat the onion, garlic and carrots for about 10 minutes. Add a tiny bit of water so they’re not frying.
  3. Add the beef mince and quinoa and season with the spices. Stir the mixture well and cook for about 20 minutes or until ready, stirring occasionally. If necessary, add more water.
  4. Grease a baking tray and arrange the peppers on top. Start filling them with the beef and quinoa mixture. Place in the oven and leave for about 20 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top when serving.

Enjoy!

Quinoa & Beef Stuffed Peppers
Quinoa & Beef Stuffed Peppers

Tip: For more Stuffed Peppers recipes check here:

Bacon, Cheese & Eggs Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers with Minced Pork, Vegetables & Rice

Bacon & Orzo Stuffed Peppers with Mozzarella Cheese

Meatless Monday: Feta & Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Peppers

Why not improvise and mix things up a little bit? You can use some leftover rice or simply cheese and veggies. That’s what I like in making Stuffed Peppers. You can basically put whatever you’d like and it’ll still taste good. But the ingredients that always work are definitely cheese, bacon, beef, pork, rice and quinoa. I mean, I’ve tried these and I loved them all. But there are much more to try, right! 🙂

Cheesy Chicken & Spinach Bites

Happy Monday guys! The recipe of the day is Mozzarella & Parmesan Chicken Bites with Spinach. I made these Cheesy Chicken & Spinach Bites in a muffin tray and baked them in the oven. They tasted so succulent and fresh and were gone too quickly. Even my daughter loved them! She actually thought they are even more delicious than her favourite chicken nuggets. And there was spinach in them too, lots of it, which she didn’t mind at all. I was really surprised that she ate them without even saying anything about the ‘green stuff’. Point for mummy then! :-)I need to add this recipe to the list with her favourite recipes now, which is quite short at the moment. 🙂

As I mentioned, these Chicken & Spinach Bites are actually made in the oven. There’s no frying involved (which I’m not big fan of) and still they taste as they’re deep-fried.

I thought I was actually making too many of them but it turned out they were not enough at all. I wanted to have some for today too but that was not the case. 🙂

They’re perfect for snacking or as a main. We had our Chicken & Spinach Bites with Quinoa which was very delicious combination. You can also use them as a starter. They look so cute, I’m sure your friends and family would be quite impressed. Of course, even more impressed with the flavour. 🙂 Now, I could also have these for breakfast, not sure about you though 🙂 It’s probably the fact that they’ve got eggs so it kind of make them a good start of the day too. It doesn’t really matter how and when you’re gonna have them. 🙂 Make a batch of these, refrigerate and enjoy during the week. Or why not take some for lunch in the office? Whatever you do, just make sure you prepare enough so you can enjoy them for longer!

Cheesy Chicken & Spinach Bites

Here’s what you need for these amazing Cheesy Chicken & Spinach bites.

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts, finely chopped
  • 150g spinach
  • 100g Mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 100g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 eggs
  • 100g breadcrumbs
  • 1tbsp lemon juice
  • 1tsp paprika
  • 1tsp black pepper
  • 2tbsp sunflower oil
  • salt to taste

Cheesy Chicken & Spinach Bites

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. In a bowl, add all the ingredients and seasoning and mix well.
  3. Grease a muffin tray and make small balls from the mixture so they can fit into the muffin tray.
  4. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes or until ready.

Enjoy!

 

Cheesy Chicken & Spinach Bites

Tip: I had my chicken bites with lots of hot sauce, but garlic mayo goes really well with them! Just pick the dip you like and dig in!

Slow Cook Pork Stew with Dumplings

Happy Wednesday all! I have a very comforting and heart-warming Pork Stew with Onion Seed Dumplings for you today! It’s exactly what we need in this weather 🙂 It’ll  definitely make you feel better and warmer. And the best part are the all butter dumpling that are so buttery and so good soaking all the juices from the stew. Oh, and the second best part is that you actually make the stew in a slow cooker, so it’s very simple and straightforward. Seriously, if you don’t won one of these already, you definitely need to get one. It just makes your life easier and your food tastier 🙂 All you need to do is to dump the ingredients in the slow cooker and just relax. Well, make sure to stir it from time to time though as it may burn (I know from experience).

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Pork Stew with Onion Seed Dumplings

It was the first time I used swede in a stew and to be honest, I was a bit sceptic about it, but as it happens most of the times, I loved it. I can’t believe I’ve neglected it and used it in salads mostly. Believe me, guys, it tastes amazing in stews, especially in a Slow Cooked Pork Stew 🙂 I’d describe the taste as a mixture of pumpkin and sweet potato.

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Pork Stew with Onion Seed Dumplings

Oh, and a little info on a side, you might wonder what the yellowish colour is form? I didn’t use turmeric but I used a tiny bit of a seasoning I got from Spain. It turns out, it’s actually meant to add colour to the dishes, not really flavour. Well, it really added colour to the Pork Stew 🙂

I used lots of other spices and herbs so this is like an explosion of flavours – there’s cumin, bay leaves, paprika, black pepper and nutmeg. This definitely made the dish so warming and simply delicious.

So, let’s get to the butter dumplings now 🙂 I’m pretty sure, from now on, I’ll add these to all my stews. They turned out so soft and purely tasted like butter. And I loved the onion seeds I added all over them (I’ve never used onion seeds before but saw them in my local store and decided to give them a go). Isn’t it great when you discover new ingredients and use them in your recipes? 🙂

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Pork Stew with Onion Seed Dumplings

If you’d rather use beef, that is fine, depending on the cut though, it’ll much likely take more time to cook it. But doest it really matter when you use the slow cooker 🙂

When I think about it, fish would be good too 🙂 I know, there are many options, but I recommend trying this Pork Stew first. You won’t regret it, you might even love it 🙂

Check below for ingredients and instructions to make this easy Pork Stew with Onion Seed Dumplings.

Ingredients:

  • 500g pork, cut in chunks
  • 1 carrot, roughly cut
  • 1 swede, cut in pieces
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1tsp cumin
  • 1tsp nutmeg
  • 1tsp paprika
  • 1tsp salt
  • 2tbsp sunflower oil

For the dumplings:

  • 150g flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp salt
  • 125g cold butter
  • 2tbsp onion seed

Preparation:

  1. Simply combine all the stew ingredients in the slow cooker, add about 2 cups of water and cover. Cook for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally. If necessary, add more water.
  2. To make the dumplings – combine the ingredients with the cold butter and add some warm water in order to make a smooth dough. Shape up small balls and sprinkle onion seeds all over them.
  3. Add the dumplings to the stew and cook for another 40 minutes or until ready. Make sure to stir the stew so it won’t burn.

MeatlessMonday: Spinach & Mushrooms Spaghetti Squash

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

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

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

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

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. 🙂 Here you can check my Sautéed Mushrooms & Millet Stuffed Butternut Squash recipe. It is simple and delicious! And for those of you unfamiliar with millet, it’s similar to quinoa and couscous, may be just a bit creamier consistency. And as quinoa, millet’s got numerous health benefits so combined with a butternut squash it is a nutrient and healthy meal.

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Here’s what you need for the Spaghetti Squash.

Ingredients:

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

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Preparation:

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

Enjoy!

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

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

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Broccoli & Chia Seeds Muffins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ingredients:

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

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Preparation:

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

Enjoy!

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

Quail Egg Eggplant Pizzas

Happy Eggplant Friday guys!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here’s what you need for these beautiful bites.

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Ingredients:

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

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Preparation:

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

Enjoy!

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

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

Stuffed Eggplants with Beef & Cheese

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

 

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 you 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 🙂 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 🙂 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 🙂 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 toast 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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