Warm Lentil & Grilled Halloumi Cheese Salad

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

I’ve been meaning to make a lentil salad for a long time and finally managed. This salad is perfect for the gloomy winter days, it’s very filling and gives you lots of energy. And it is simply delicious. Isn’t it Spring coming already. Seriously, every year in February I’m starting to ask for Spring. Well, we definitely need more sunshine here especiallyย now when the weather’s getting colder by the day. Hopefully this is not for long and we all enjouy beautiful warm and sunny days. ๐Ÿ™‚

Back to my salad now…There’s also nutty red quinoa and some toasted dry apricots. All the different ingredients make this salad bursting with flavour – it’s sweet, sour and nutty, lovely combination and healthy too. ๐Ÿ™‚

Warm Lentil & Grilled Halloumi Cheese Salad

What I did was to use lentils leftovers. I had made lentil soup the other day (which by the way our family absolutely love, should share the recipe) and I had a small bowl left. So I used it! ๐Ÿ™‚ Well, I drained it but because the lentils were already flavoured from the soup it made the salad even tastier. I didn’t really use any dressing, as I said the lentils were already dressed. ๐Ÿ™‚ But I added a splash of my favourite garlic sauce. Lentils and garlic is a must! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Warm Lentil & Grilled Halloumi Cheese Salad

Oh, and what about the Halloumi cheese? What’s a salad without a bit of cheese? ๐Ÿ™‚ I seriously love this. To me, it tastes like a mixture of gooey Feta and Mozzarella, so appetizing. Honestly, though, so far, I’ve been only using Halloumi in salads. Salads with Grilled Halloumi are not regular salads. ๐Ÿ™‚ But my point is where else do you use it? Have you got any interesting and yummy recipes? I’d love to hear your ideas. Please share below. ๐Ÿ™‚ Meanwhile, I’ll try and invent a ‘not salad recipe’ with Halloumi cheese. ๐Ÿ™‚

Warm Lentil & Grilled Halloumi Cheese Salad

Oh, and just to let you know, I had cooked all the ingredients in advance so I only had to combine everything. It makes things so much easier and quicker. I think I always have some cooked quinoa stocked in my fridge. And the lentils were leftovers. ๐Ÿ™‚

Warm Lentil & Grilled Halloumi Cheese Salad

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

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

Warm Lentil & Grilled Halloumi Cheese SaladTip: You can even try adding some couscous to the lentils and quinoa. It’ll make the salad yummy and you know couscous like dry apricots. ๐Ÿ™‚

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 aย perfect nutritiousย 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

Of course, I had my burgers with lots of hot sauce, just couldn’t help it. ๐Ÿ™‚ But as far as I know spicy food is good for you, isn’t it? ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ And apparently they’re some yummy desserts with quinoa which I haven’t tried yet but would love to. ๐Ÿ™‚ So stock up on quinoa and let’s get cooking. ๐Ÿ™‚ The weekend is too short so we all need good food and rest to charge our batteries and start the busy week ahead. ๐Ÿ™‚

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 200ยฐC.
  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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve got some really skinny ones but most of them are packed with goodies.

Here we go…

MeatlessMonday: Pumpkin & Black Quinoa Salad with Tahini Dressing

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

Pumpkin & Black Quinoa Salad

Meatless Monday: Raspberry Rocket Salad with Cottage Cheese & Avocado

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

Raspberry & Cottage Cheese Salad

Loaded Shrimp Salad

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

Loaded Shrimp Salad

Kale, Blueberries & Blue Cheese Grilled Chicken Salad

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

Kale, Blueberry & Grilled Chicken Salad

Leftover Beef & Pear Rocket Salad

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

Beef & Pear Salad

MeatlessMonday: Kale & Orange Quinoa Salad

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

Kale & Orange Quinoa Salad

MeatlessMonday: Black Quinoa, Farro & Rice salad with Radishes

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

Black Quinoa, Farro & Rice Salad with Radishes

Grilled Halloumi & Sweet Baby Peppers Quinoa Salad with Raisins

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

Grilled Halloumi & Baby Peppers Salad

MeatlessMonday: Zucchini Spaghetti & Kale Salad with Radishes

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

Zucchini Spaghetti & Kale Salad with Radishes

Pomegranate & Feta Cheese Quinoa Salad

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

Stuffed Pomegranate with Quinoa & Feta Cheese Salad

Spinach Bites

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

Spinach Bites

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

Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Smoked Salmon Bites

Smoked Salmon Stuffed Avocados

Bacon Wrapped Baby Portobello Mushrooms stuffed with Blue Cheese

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

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

Spinach Bites

Back to my recipe now..

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

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

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

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

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Spinach Bites

MM: Stuffed Peppers with Couscous

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

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

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

So back to today’s recipe now…

Stuffed Peppers

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

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

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

Stuffed Peppers

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

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

Quinoa & Beef Stuffed Peppers

Bacon, Cheese & Eggs Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers with Minced Pork, Vegetables & Rice

Bacon & Orzo Stuffed Peppers with Mozzarella Cheese

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

Stuffed Peppers

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

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

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

Spinach Pumpkin Cups

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

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

Spinach & Pumpkin Cups

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

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

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

Ingredients:

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

Spinach Pumpkin Cups

Preparation:

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

Enjoy!

Spinach Pumpkin Cups

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

Spinach Pumpkin Cups

MM: Cavolo Nero & Broccoli Soup

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

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

 

Broccoli & Cavolo Nero Soup

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

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

Broccoli & Cavolo Nero Soup

Ingredients:

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

 

Broccoli & Cavolo Nero Soup

Preparation:

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

Enjoy!

Broccoli & Cavolo Nero Soup

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

MeatlessMonday: Spinach & Mushrooms Spaghetti Squash

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

For some reason, I’ve been using lots of Parmesan cheese lately. Not only I use it with pasta, but it seems I sprinkle it on almost everything. But it just tastes good, and it tastes good on almost everything ๐Ÿ™‚

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I hope you all had a great weekend and are getting ready to start the week ahead. Or not really ๐Ÿ™‚ The point is you need delicious and heart-warming food to make you feel good and warm and to get you ready for Monday. This is where you’re checking my daily recipe ๐Ÿ™‚ Just joking. Seriously though, it’s a quick recipe but will definitely warm you up and make you feel better, or at least not hungry ๐Ÿ™‚

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

spaghetti squash

The easiest way to make them is to roast the squash and then kind of shred it with a fork so you get your ‘spaghetti’. Skipping the shredding part and you’ll make a beautiful stuffed squash. Not big of a difference really. It’s just when making spaghetti squash, the actual squash is mixed with the other ingredients, whilst a stuffed squash, the ingredients are on top and you get the tasty squash hidden underneath. ๐Ÿ™‚ Here you can check myย Sautรฉed Mushrooms & Millet Stuffed Butternut Squashย recipe. It is simple and delicious! And for those of you unfamiliar with millet, it’s similar to quinoa and couscous, may be just a bit creamier consistency. And as quinoa, millet’s got numerous health benefits so combined with a butternut squash it is a nutrient and healthy meal.

spaghetti-squash

Here’s what you need for the Spaghetti Squash.

Ingredients:

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

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Preparation:

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

Enjoy!

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Tip: If you prefer, you can scoop out the spaghetti squash and serve them in a plate but I personally love them in their squash! Plus it looks more authentic, doesn’t it? ๐Ÿ™‚

Also make sure you eat these straight from the oven. They must be piping hot so you can fully enjoy them, and the melted cheese, of course. ๐Ÿ™‚ You can always preheat them but it’s not the same taste.

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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. Myย Spinach & Feta Cheese Cornmeal Muffins with Mustard Seedsย are one of my favourite but it was about time to try a new recipe.

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

The recipe requires only a few ย basic ingredients which I’m sure you can find in your kitchen cupboard. Well, apart from the broccoli, obviously. ๐Ÿ™‚

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? ๐Ÿ™‚ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 200ยฐC.
  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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ย 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 200ยฐC. 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