Leftover Rice Bites

Happy Sunday all! Recipe of the day is Leftover Rice Bites with Vegetables, Chicken & Cheese! What an amazing way to use up your leftover rice!

Leftover Rice Bites

As  the title suggests these cute bites were made of some leftover rice and chicken. I only added some cheese and egg to hold them together. I cooked them in a muffin tray for about 20 minutes and they were all gone in 10. It’s funny how my kids refused to eat the rice left in the fridge but then they really enjoyed these bites. Bottom line is you need to be creative to feed your kids. 🙂 Just joking! I don’t think I’m very creative. Anyway, this was a simple and delicious way to use up my leftover rice. You can make it from scratch too – all you need is some cooked rice with vegetables (I used carrots and peppers, thinly chopped), cheese and an egg.

Leftover Rice Bites

By the way, what’s your favourite Summer food/what is the recipe you love making during the hot and sunny days? I love making lots of fresh salads, but I’m trying to add something new every time, otherwise I’ll get bored, no matter how tasty the veggies are. Like, for example, last night I had a Caprese salad, but I use homemade zucchini pesto, which is also raw vegan and it tasted simply delicious. Comment below if you’re a salad person like me or prefer something else! 🙂

Here’s how to make the Leftover Rice Bites

Leftover Rice Bites

Leftover Rice Bites

Ingredients

  • 200g rice, cooke
  • 1 samll carrot, chopped
  • 1/2 pepper, chopped
  • 100g mild Cheddar, grated
  • 100g chicken, cooked and shredded
  • 1 egg
  • 50g butter
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 °C.
  2. In a bowl, mix all the ingredients together and place in a greased muffin tray.
  3. Cook in the oven for about 20 minutes or until ready.
  4. Serve with some fresh tomato salsa or hot sauce, if wished.
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These rice bites are very handy on the go. You can also store them in the fridge for a few days and use them as a snack. They make delicious starter too. Whatever way you choose to serve them, they won’t disappoint, I promise. 🙂

Leftover Rice Bites

I hope you guys like this recipes. Stay tuned for more quick, easy and tasty recipes coming very soon. Stay cool and enjoy your Summer. xx

Leftover Rice Bites

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). 🙂

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. 🙂 It’s kind of mix and match dinner. 🙂

And in these gloomy rainy weather, something green and tasty would make you feel better. 🙂 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  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 it might be a bit tricky so I stayed on the safe side. 🙂 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. 🙂

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 200°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!

 

Spinach Bites