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. 🙂 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. 🙂 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. 🙂

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! 🙂

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. 🙂

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

 

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 200°C.
  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. 🙂

I can’t believe I’m actually writing my third post this week! Woohooo, go me! 🙂 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. 🙂

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. 🙂

You know how the spinach taste a bit bland, so to make these Spinach Pumpkin Cups more appetizing I added  a piece pf cheese between the layers. Oh, and pumpkin seeds to for a crunchiness. 🙂 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. 🙂 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 200°C.
  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? 😉

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. 🙂

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? 🙂

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 🙂

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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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Meatless Monday:Spinach Cups with Cream Cheese

Happy Meatless Monday all!

As most children, my little one refuses eating anything green so I had to be more creative and try various options! (I don’t know where that came from, she used to be such a good eater! )And it turned out she actually loved these Spinach cups, without the cream cheese filling. Now she refuses to eat anything white, so I had to scoop out the cheese! Why are children so picky:) Obviously, I’m gonna need to find a way to make her eat some feta and yogurt. Isn’t it challenging being a mum:)

Anyways, these Spinach cups are absolutely one of my favourite cups or muffins, if you wish, and I love the cream cheese filling! They’re perfect for breakfast, as a side dish or just to have them on the go! I actually had them after I had lunch and didn’t stop till i finished the last bit! Kind of like savoury dessert!:)

Simple to make, and tasty to eat, here’s what you need for these delicious Spinach cups.

Ingredients:

200g/7oz flour

2tbsp sunflower oil

2 eggs

1 cup sour cream or yogurt

150g/5oz mushrooms, sliced

150g/5oz spinach, pureed

1tsp salt

1tsp baking powder

100g/3.5oz cream cheese

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/392°F.
  2. In a bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder.
  3. In another bowl, mix the egg, yogurt, oil and add the pureed spinach.
  4. Grease a muffin tray and start arranging a few sliced mushrooms on the bottom and side. Pour the spinach mixture halfway up and then add a tsp of the cream cheese. Add the spinach mixture so the mould is full. Repeat with the rest. You can add a few mushroom slices on the top too.
  5. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes or until ready.

Enjoy!

Tip: For another lovely spinach cup/muffin recipe check here and for a non vegetarian version here!

Meatless Monday: Spicy Polenta Chips

Happy Meatless Monday guys! The recipe of the day is one that I’ve been meaning to make for a long time now and finally that day has come – Spicy Polenta Chips with Feta Cheese. Really good stuff and really filling too! If you, like me, love corn and polenta, you’d love this simple but delicious recipe! For some reason, I don’t use that much polenta in my cooking which I need to change. Polenta is so tasty and I specifically like the corn flavour. And corn plus cheese equals heaven. 🙂

These polenta chips are super easy to make – I basically cooked the polenta, let it to cool down and then just cut in thin pieces a.k.a. chips. 🙂 I had my polenta chips with feta cheese on top but if you’d like to indulge a bit and treat yourself add some Parmesan when cooking the polenta. It’ll become really thick and creamy and amazingly delicious.

Here’s what you need to make these Spicy Polenta Chips.

Ingredients:

  • 200g/7oz polenta
  • 2tbsp butter
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 150g/5oz feta cheese
  • hot sauce
  •  fresh coriander, chopped
  • salt and pepper

Preparation:

  1. To prepare the polenta – just follow the instructions on the back of the back(usually you have to bring a pot with water to the boil and to add slowly the polenta)
  2. Heat a pan with the butter and gently sweat the garlic. Add to the polenta and stir well. Season the polenta, pour in a baking tray and leave on a side to settle.
  3. Cut into thin pieces, add some hot sauce(your choice), crumble the feta cheese on top and sprinkle the fresh coriander.

Enjoy!

Tip: Why not try adding some grated Parmesan cheese into the polenta for even more cheesy goodness! And may be some crispy bacon! 🙂

MM: Raw Vegan Zucchini Cashew Dip

Happy Meatless Monday all!  As you may know from my previous post I’ve been embracing various raw vegan recipes and so far I’ve been loving them! I just love the fact that they are so simple, take only a minute to prepare and yet are so delicious. And I can’t stress enough how healthy these raw vegan recipes are. I really feel the difference when having a raw vegan meal in a good way. I mean, I feel really well nourished. All these raw veggies, raw nuts and a good olive oil, they really do wonders. I am definitely not a vegan, I like all kinds of food but I believe there should be a balance and we should aim eating more fruit and veggies, especially raw ones.

Back to the recipe again. 🙂 So what I made is Zucchini & Cashew Dip which tasted a lot like pesto. I had it with carrot sticks, peppers & cucumbers.

This zucchini dip is just divine, I absolutely love it. It’s perfect for the hot summer day or simply when you’d like to have a light and refreshing meal(or dip in this case) 🙂 You can add it to your salad, pasta or just dip yummy veggies into it. You can also have it on some crispy garlic bread. That would be too tasty!

Here’s what you need for this tasty Zucchini Cashew Dip.

Ingredients:

  • 2 zucchini, cut in chunks
  • 150g/5oz raw cashew nuts
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3tbsp olive oil
  • salt
  • lemon juice, if wished

Preparation:

  1. Simply combine all the ingredients together and blitz to a smooth consistency. If wished, add more olive oil.
  2. Serve with some carrot sticks or cucumber sticks.

Tip: Why not whip in that zucchini dip into your pasta next time! It is delicious!