Spinach & Quinoa Bites

Happy Wednesday guys! Today’s recipe is Spinach & Quinoa Bites – vegetarian, healthy and simply delicious!

Spinach & Quinoa Bites

I finally managed to find the time for this post. It’s been a crazy morning (worst traffic ever, baby’s worst tantrum at the bank) but it all looks better now. Well, apart from the weather actually, but at least it’s not that cold. And let’s be positive and look on the bright side. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’ll be hot and sunny very soon or at least that’s what I’d like to believe.

Spinach & Quinoa Bites

Let’s get to the recipe now…I made these bites last week and at first was a bit concerned whether my kids will eat them but it turned out they loved them. I don’t know if it’s because of the quinoa (they love it) or something else but the green colour was not questioned at all. And believe me, there was lots of spinach. ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, I used some Parmesan cheese and no flour at all, which makes these green bites a great gluten free alternative.

Spinach & Quinoa Bites

Here’s how to make the Spinach & Quinoa Bites

Spinach & Quinoa Bites

Spinach & Quinoa Bites

Ingredients

  • 200g quinoa, cooked
  • 100g spinach, cooked and pureed
  • 150g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 egg
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • salt
  • lime for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200ยฐC.
  2. In a bowl, mix all the ingredients together. Start making small bites/meatballs/patties.
  3. arrange them on a greased baking tray and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until ready.
  4. Serve with some lime wedge.
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Did I mention these are oven-baked? No frying, simply cook them in the oven, so much easier and healthier. I served them with a lime wedge. I don’t know why (probably the matching colours) but I thought it might be tasty. And it worked really well. I added a splash of hot sauce on mine, how could I not. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Spinach & Quinoa Bites can be stored in the fridge for a few days so why not make a bigger batch and add them to your salads, sandwiches or just use them as a healthy and filling snack. They are super simple to make, use only a few ingredient but very tasty and satisfying.

I hope you guys like this recipe. Stay tuned for more quick, easy and tasty recipes coming soon. xx

Grilled Zucchini Strawberry Salad

Happy Friday! Today’s recipe is Grilled Zucchini Strawberry Salad – fresh, fruity and simply amazing!

Grilled Zucchini Strawberry Salad

The series with grilled veggie salads continue! ๐Ÿ™‚ Just joking! The thing is I spotted some ripe British strawberries while doing my weekly shopping and had to get a few packs. The strawberries I get are usually imported so you can understand my excitement when I saw these strawberries (they usually come around this time of the year). ๐Ÿ™‚

OK, let’s focus on the salad then. I find the sweet and sour combination very tasty! Apart from the strawberries and grilled zucchini, there’s also feta cheese, apricots, a few chopped up pecans and some freshly chopped basil. This is what I call a beautiful Summer salad. It’s so light and tasty, just perfect to have on a hot summer day, probably with a nice glass of white. ๐Ÿ™‚ You can have it as a quick snack too. It’s needless to say it’s healthy and low in calories. The downside is you can’t really store it for more than a day. I recommend consuming it straight after preparations. The fruit will get soggy and even might go off so have it fresh and make sure to finish it all. ๐Ÿ™‚ That was not a problem for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

Grilled Zucchini Strawberry Salad

Here’s what you need to make this Grilled Zucchini Strawberry Salad

Grilled Zucchini Strawberry Salad

Grilled Zucchini Strawberry Salad

Ingredients

  • 200g strawberries, sliced
  • 2 apricots, sliced
  • 1 grilled zucchini, cut in pieces
  • 100g feta cheese, crumbled
  • 10 pecans, chopped
  • a few basil leaves, thinly chopped
  • For the dressing:
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1tsp lemon juice
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine the fruit and zucchini together and mix well.
  2. Add the feta cheese, pecans and basil and mix again.
  3. Serve with the dressing on a side.
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Grilled Zucchini Strawberry Salad

And because it’s the grillingย season I think this salad will be a great addition to any BBQ. No matter what you’re making – fish or meat, this beauty will compliment both. Use as a side or as an appetizer before serving the mains, you won’t go wrong.

I kept the dressing simple as I wanted the salad to be this way – fresh and simple. So I used some olive oil, lemon juice and salt.

The pecans add a crunchy bite to it that I love in salads. Pecans seem to work quite well with fruit. You can use walnuts, too. Just add a few on top for some extra crunchiness. ๐Ÿ™‚

Grilled Zucchini Strawberry Salad

I hope you like this recipes. Stay tuned for more coming very soon. xx

For more strawberry inspiration check here:

Strawberries & Cream Cupcakes

Meatless Monday: Strawberry & Gorgonzola Cheese Watercress Salad with Chia Seeds

Strawberries & Feta Cheese Cornmeal Muffins

Salted Strawberry Cheesecake

Meatless Monday: Soya Yogurt Berry Pots

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
 
Prep time
Total time
 
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™‚

MM: Raw Vegan Zucchini Cashew Dip

Happy Meatless Monday all! ย 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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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) ๐Ÿ™‚ 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!

MM: Raw Vegan Red Pepper Dip

Happy Meatless Monday! It’s been ย a while since I last posted a MM recipe so here it is – ย  raw vegan Red Pepper Dip/Spread.

I’ve been trying lots of veggieย recipes recently and I can really feel the difference.

I love all kinds of food but it seems I feel better when on a raw vegan diet. This is why I’ve been experimenting and this is how this spread/dip was invented. Plus, these recipes are so light and fresh, they’re perfect for the hot days at the moment.

As most of them, these recipesย are more than simple and quick to make. The ingredients are red pepper, sunflower seeds, garlic, olive oil and seasoning. It is really tasty, kind of like hummus with red pepper flavour.You can either dip some veggie sticks in ย (like carrots, cucumbers, beetroot) or make small bites and top them up with the dip. Seriously, those veggieย recipes are amazing. It would be very tasty on a bruschetta or in a pasta. May be add it to your pizza or sandwich? ๐Ÿ™‚ It goes with almost everything, really. Well, that if you like red peppers. ๐Ÿ™‚ I knoe some people really dislike them. I hope that’s not the case. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s what you need for this delicious Red Pepper Dip.

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 red pepper, cut in pieces
  • 100g/3.5oz sunflower seeds
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • salt

Preparation:

  1. Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blitz until smooth consistency.
  2. If wished, add some water.
  3. Sprinkle some extra sunflower seeds and paprika when serving

Enjoy!

Tip: Why not try adding some fresh parsley! Or simply any fresh herbs you fancy. ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh, did you check my Raw Vegan Zucchini & Cashew Dip? If, not, you should! ๐Ÿ™‚