Cheese & Peas Potato Balls with Parmesan Crust

Happy Friday guys! Today’s recipe of the day is Cheese & Peas Potato Balls with Parmesan Crust – an absolute kids’ favourite (and not only) these giant Potato Balls are covered with Parmesan and their centre is stuffed with melted cheese and peas! A winner recipe! πŸ™‚

Cheese & Peas Potato Balls with Parmesan Crust

I remember there was a restaurant I used to go (years ago) and they served similar potato balls which I absolutely loved. That was the reason I used to go there, actually. They had a few different ones but the cheesy ones were the best. This is where my inspiration came from. πŸ™‚ And because my kids love potatoes I had to come up with a new recipe, otherwise they can keep eating chips (not that they mind that at all). πŸ™‚

But these potato balls are much healthier, they are oven baked, and they’ve got ‘green stuff’ (peas). My kidsΒ dislike almost everything green apart from peas so that was the only option I had. πŸ™‚

Cheese & Peas Potato Balls with Parmesan Crust

These balls are really easy to make, boil some potatoes, make balls with cheese and peas centre and generously cover with Parmesan. Bake in the oven and then enjoy! They’re delicious with sour cream or even some mayo on a side.

I’ve been craving mayo a lot recently, seriously I tend to dip a lot of my food into it. I know it’s not the healthiest options of all but I take it as a treat. πŸ™‚ Oh, and sour cream, potatoes with sour cream is an absolute favourite! πŸ™‚

Here’s how to make the Cheese & Peas Potato Balls with Parmesan Crust

Cheese & Peas Potato Balls with Parmesan Crust

Cheese & Peas Potato Balls with Parmesan Crust

Ingredients

  • 500g potatoes, boiled and mashed
  • 200g peas
  • 150g mild Cheddar, cut into small cubes
  • 150g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200Β°.
  2. In a bowl, mixed the potatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  3. Make balls and stuff them in the middle with a few cubes of the Cheddar and peas.
  4. Dip them into the beaten egg and then cover with the Parmesan cheese.
  5. Arrange on a greased baking tray and cook in the oven for about 20 minutes or until golden.
  6. Serve with some sour cream on a side.
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Cheese & Peas Potato Balls with Parmesan Crust

There are many other options when making these giant balls – spinach, different kinds of Cheese, bacon and whatnot. You can basically customize them as you’d like them. I definitely love this particular combination with cheese and peas but I’ll be making lots of different ones, for sure. πŸ™‚

Cheese & Peas Potato Balls with Parmesan Crust

I hope you enjoy this tasty recipe! Stay tuned for more..

Oh and well done to me for posting three recipes this week! Finally managed! πŸ™‚ Let’s see how next week goes! πŸ™‚

MM: Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus with Homemade Pita Chips

Happy Meatless Monday guys! Today’s recipe is Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus with Homemade Pita Chips – quick, easy, healthy and super delicious. Seriously, hummus made of sun-dried tomatoes? Yes, please! And pita chips? Why not πŸ˜‰

Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus with Homemade Pita Chips

As I mentioned in my previous post, I love sun-dried tomatoes and I always make sure I’ve got a jar of them in my kitchen cupboard.

I’ve been meaning to make this hummus for a long time. I’ve wanted to try a sun-dried tomato dip, so why not make a hummus then, right?

This was really simple – chickpeas, tahini, garlic, lemon, salt and of course the sun-dried tomatoes.

Sun-dried Tomato Hummus with Homemade Pita Chips

To go with it I had some wholemeal pita chips. They were perfectly crunchy and just couldn’t imagine this lovely dip with anything else.

I really should start making the pita chips more often, they are tastier, and I bet healthier than the shop-bought ones. All you need is pita bread, cut into chips. A bit of olive oil and some spices you fancy then 5-10 minutes in the oven and you’ve got a great movie snack! πŸ™‚

Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus with Homemade Pita Chips

Here’s how to make the Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus with Homemade Pita Chips

MM: Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus with Homemade Pita Chips

MM: Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus with Homemade Pita Chips

Ingredients

  • 200g sun-dried tomatoes
  • 200g chickpeas
  • 2tbsp tahini paste
  • 1 garlic clove, roasted
  • 2tbsp lemon juice
  • 3tbsp olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • For the Wholemeal Pita Chips:
  • 4-5 pita breads, cut into chips
  • 1tsp dry parsley
  • 1tsp dry thyme
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. To make the hummus - simply blitz all the ingredients in a bowl until a smooth consistency. Add as much water as you'd like, for a thick consistency, less and if you prefer the opposite, add more.
  2. For the pita chips - preheat the oven to 200Β°C. Place the chips in a bowl, drizzle with the olive oil, add the spices and season with salt. Mix well. Arrange the chips on a baking tray covered with parchment. Bake in the oven for about 5 minutes until golden and crispy.
  3. Serve with the Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus.
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I’m so glad I still have leftovers form this amazing hummus, this is probably what I’ll get for lunch. Way too many Easter Eggs were eaten and we need some lighter and healthier options right now. πŸ™‚ Not only Easter eggs to be honest, but that’s another topic. πŸ™‚

Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus with Homemade Chips

I hope you like this recipe and enjoying your Easter holiday. Unfortunately, a few hours left but hey, this week’s only four days! πŸ™‚

Stay tuned for more fast, easy and tasty recipes…

 

MM: Grilled Vegetables & Halloumi Bulgur Salad

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

MM: Grilled Vegetables & Halloumi Bulgur Salad

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

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

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

MM: Grilled Vegetables & Halloumi Bulgur Salad

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

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

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

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

MM: Grilled Vegetables & Halloumi Bulgur Salad

Here’s how to make this salad.

MM: Grilled Vegetables & Halloumi Bulgur Salad

MM: Grilled Vegetables & Halloumi Bulgur Salad

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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

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

Three Cheese Savoury Muffins

Happy Tuesday ally! Today’s recipe – Three Cheese Savoury Muffins or should I say bread – Β is simply amazing.

Three Cheese Savoury Muffins

I can’t tell you how delicious these cheesy buns turned! Yum, yum, yum…

The cheese literally exploded, imagine how much was in there. If you are cheese lover like me you’d love these, no doubt. There’s Parmesan cheese, Mozzarella & Feta. And the recipe is actually quite easy. I saw a similar recipe on the web and I really liked the idea, I haven’t used the same ingredients though, I kind of made my own muffins/buns. Really not sure how to call them – they’re baked in a muffin tray so that’s why I called them muffins but on the other side are like bread/buns. Anyhow, you get the point. And it is that they’re super delicious.

Three Cheese Savoury Muffins

I had barely finished taking photos of these beauties and they were all gone. πŸ™‚ Well, I helped too. In fact, I did a really good job finishing three of these Three Cheese Savoury Muffins. πŸ™‚

Here’s how to make Three Cheese Savoury Muffins.

Three Cheese Savoury Muffins

Three Cheese Savoury Muffins

Ingredients

  • 400g flour
  • 1 sachet(7g) yeast
  • 1tsp salt
  • 300ml milk
  • 50g butter
  • 200g Mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 100g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 100g Feta Cheese, grated
  • 1 egg yolk
  • extra butter for baking
  • chopped parsley for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine the flour, yeast, salt and milk. Work the dough, place in a bowl, cover with a tea towel and leave for about 30 minutes to rise. If necessary add more milk.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180Β°C.
  3. Divide the dough into 7-8 equal parts.
  4. Roll each out in oval shape and sprinkle a mixture of the cheese on half of it. Start wrapping and halfway through make a few cuts with a knife. Finish wrapping the bun so you have something like a wrap.
  5. Now make a ring and place in a greased with butter muffin tray.
  6. Repeat with the rest of the muffins.
  7. Brush the muffins with the egg yolk and then sprinkle with the parsley.
  8. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes or until ready.
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The dough is made of flour, yeast and milk. I should say, I am not that good in making dough for bread but this was really simple and turned out delicious. All you need to do is to combine the ingredients, work the dough and then wait for it to rise.

This is another delicious recipe using muffin tray. It makes me think I actually need to change mine, it’s been a good few years of use. In fact, I need a whole lots of baking equipment. Can’t wait to pick up some new and exciting stuff soon.

Three Cheese Savoury Muffins

I used dry parsley again. As I Mentioned in my previous post I’ve been using it very often. It’s all chopped up for you and ready to use. Plus, you’re not gonna need to worry how to store it for longer. On the other side though, fresh is best. πŸ™‚ But this is what works for me at the moment.

Three Cheese Savoury Muffins

The Three Cheese Savoury Muffins would be ideal snack for picnic. They really got me thinking about spring, sun and picnics. My daughter absolutely loves having picnics, so as my whole family and I can’t wait for the weather to get warm and sunny so we can enjoy a nice day out.

I should probably make a double batch of these then. πŸ™‚

They are perfect for sharing, as a side, as a snack, just one of these get together recipes. Make sure to have them when they’re nice and warm and the cheese is melted. Nothing better than a melted three cheese bun. Nom, nom, nom. πŸ™‚

Three Cheese Savoury Muffins

Cauliflower, Broccoli & Cheese Bites

Happy Thursday! Recipe of the day is Cauliflower, Broccoli & Cheese Bites – simple, tasty and loaded with cheese, well with veggies too! πŸ™‚

Cauliflower, Broccoli & Cheese

Is it Spring yet? The weather today was amazing and we actually got lots of sunshine. Hopefully this doesn’t change in the next few days. We really need the sun to come out more often and the temperatures to rise. πŸ™‚ I’ve had enough of the cold and gloomy weather, colds and runny noses. Plus, it’s time to start making some fresh and tasty Spring recipes with lots of yummy veggies and fruit.

And I know, once Spring is here, many of us start planning the Summer – holidays, get in shape programs and whatnot. It’s just so exciting! The holiday part, I mean. Meanwhile, we’re gonna have to wait patiently and hope for more sunny days!

Cauliflower, Broccoli & Cheese Bites

And now back to the recipe again…I was about to make Cauliflower and Cheese with Broccoli but then I thought I might make something a bit different this time and mix thing up a little bit. This is what happened. These bites are actually even easier to make and take a few minutes. All you need is a blender and then the rest is left to the oven. Apart from the cauliflower and broccoli, I used single cream, eggs and a generous amount of cheese. There is no flour so these bites are tasty gluten-free option too and are not that high in calories. Well, they’re pretty healthy(probably with a bit less cheese though). πŸ™‚

They’re actually quite like a breakfast bites with all the cheese and eggs. πŸ™‚ Also, they’re perfect for snacking all day long. πŸ™‚ And the colour they turned is quite pretty, isn’t it. It’s so bright and fresh!

Cauliflower, Broccoli & Cheese Bites

The kids enjoyed them too. They were really attracted to the muffin-sized bites and actually had a few of them. So that was a success! πŸ™‚

They usually eat broccoli but are not fans of cauliflower. Well, I don’t think they realised there’s cauliflower but that was not necessary at all, was it. πŸ™‚

It’s amazing how many things you can actually prepare in a muffin tray. It seems muffin trays are not what they used to be anymore. πŸ™‚ I’ve made different breakfast bites and I simply loved them. I have to admit it, cooking nowadays has become really inventive.

Cauliflower, Broccoli & Cheese Bites

Here’s how to make these Cauliflower, Broccoli & Cheese Bites.

Cauliflower, Broccoli & Cheese Bites
 
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Ingredients
  • 200g broccoli
  • 150g cauliflower
  • 200g Cheddar cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 200ml single cream
  • 1tbsp butter
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200Β°C.
  2. Combine all the ingredients and work them in a blender till a smooth consistency. Season with salt and pepper and mix well.
  3. Grease a muffin tray and empty the mixture.
  4. Place in the oven and cook for about 20 minutes or until ready.

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Cauliflower, Broccoli & Cheese BitesTip: For a meaty and more filling version, try adding some chopped bacon into the mixture!Β 

I hope you enjoy this recipe! Stay tuned for more quick, easy and tasty recipes. And hopefully kids-friendly too! πŸ™‚

Easy Falafel Pita

Happy Sunday all! Today’s recipe is Easy Falafel Pita!

It’s super simple recipe, really easy to make and yet is so delicious and healthy.

Just perfect for a lazy Sunday lunch!

Easy Falafel Pita

The main ingredient is chickpeas, of course and then you’re gonna need some pita bread, red onion, avocado. Simple as that. You can always add extra veggies if you prefer or sauces. I had the falafel pitas with sour cream and hot sauce but you can have them with whatever sauces you fancy.

I made the falafels with onion, garlic, olive oil and parsley. They quite remind of hummus. But this is because the ingredients for the hummus are the same, you only need to add tahini paste and your hummus is done.

Easy Falafel Pita

The falafels are so delicious you can easily have them by themselves, probably with a bit of sauce. You can even add them in a salad. They really taste good with some fresh spinach. They’re perfect for appetizers and meze platters. I love ordering meze platters when out because you get all these yummy stuff like falafel, hummus, halloumi, etc. So why not make this at home to entertain your friends? I bet they would be delighted. πŸ™‚

I also baked these in the oven, so again no frying. πŸ™‚ And my kids loved them, which is probably the most important thing. πŸ™‚ Yay! Another recipe they really liked! Well, they didn’t have them with the pita but that doesn’t really matter because they really enjoyed the falafels. πŸ™‚ So now I’ve got about five recipes they really liked, one for each day of the week. πŸ™‚ Just kidding!

Easy Falafel Pita

Here’s how to make these beautiful Falafels.

Easy Falafel Pita
 
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Ingredients
  • 300g chickpeas, cooked
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 2tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 egg
  • 2tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1tbsp flour
  • salt and pepper
  • For serving:
  • pita bread
  • red onion, sliced
  • avocado, sliced
  • coriander leaves
  • sour cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200Β°C.
  2. In a bowl, combine the falafel ingredients and mix well.
  3. Make small balls and arrange them on a greased baking tray.
  4. Cook in the oven for about 20 minutes or until ready.
  5. Serve on a pita bread with the red onion, avocado and fresh coriander leaves.
  6. Add sour cream and hot sauce, if wished.

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Easy Falafel Pita

Apart from the pita bread, you can use wraps, kebab bread and even buns. Yes, why not make vegetarian burgers. Use the same ingredients but simply arrange them on a bun. Falafel burger sounds nice, doesn’t it! You might add some melted cheese too, otherwise it might be a bit dry.

The bottom line is the options with these tasty falafels are so many – burgers, salads, pita breads, etc. They make a very nutritious and healthy meal so I think I should make them more often. And now that my kids like them, that’s a serious reason to make these, let’sΒ say, weekly. πŸ™‚

Tip: Make sure to soak the chickpeas in water before cooking them. You can use tinned too but I read that it’s much better to use dry chickpeas so I stuckΒ to it. πŸ™‚

Easy Falafel Pita

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

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). πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚ It’s kind of mix and match dinner. πŸ™‚

And in these gloomy rainy weather, something green and tasty would make you feel better. πŸ™‚ 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 Β 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 itΒ might be aΒ bit tricky so I stayed on the safe side. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚

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 200Β°C.
  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