Kale & Smoked Salmon Pasta

Happy Thursday guys! Today’s recipe is Kale & Smoked Salmon Pasta – comforting, simple and perfect for a busy weekday dinner!

Kale & Smoked Salmon Pasta

Before my daughter started reception I thought I’d have a few spare hour a day. But it turned out I’m actually busier than I was when she was at nursery. I only got one and a half hour when the little one is napping. Then I have to wake her up and go collect her sister. So, yes, no time really but I try to work with whatever I have. πŸ™‚ This is why it’s essential to cook quick, easy but tasty food too, especially during the week when we’re rushing all the time. Not that the weekends are calmer. Both kids have activities on Saturday and Sunday, so yes, there’s always something. But at least during the weekend I can spend some more time in my tiny kitchen and test and create some yummy stuff. πŸ™‚

Kale & Smoked Salmon Pasta

This Kale & Smoked Salmon Pasta is one of these quick, easy and tasty recipes. I even used theΒ Roasted Kale & Feta Cheese DipΒ so it was even easier than I thought. All I had to do was to boil the pasta. The kids are not very fond of kale, but they thought this was just pesto and I didn’t bother to tell them that it actually was my kale dip that they didn’t really fancy. πŸ™‚

Kale & Smoked Salmon Pasta

I should probably title this Leftover Pasta as it appears I’m using leftovers again – my Kale Dip and some Smoked Salmon but as you now know that let’s focus on the recipe..:-)

Here’s how to make the Kale & Smoked Salmon Pasta

Kale & Smoked Salmon Pasta

Kale & Smoked Salmon Pasta

Ingredients

  • 250g pasta(your choice), cooked
  • 150g smoked salmon, shredded
  • 150g Roasted Kale & Feta Cheese Dip(recipe is on the blog)
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese for serving

Instructions

  1. Drizzle the olive oil over the cooked pasta and mix well.
  2. Add the Roasted Kale & Feta Cheese Dip and mix thoroughly.
  3. Add the shredded smoked salmon, season with salt and pepper to taste and serve with some grated Parmesan cheese.
  4. Enjoy!
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Turkey Meatballs Tacos

Happy Taco Tuesday guys! Today’s recipe is Turkey Meatballs Tacos – succulent turkey meatballs on flour tortillas with fresh guac and some other goodies too!

Turkey Meatballs Tacos

I must admit, I was a bit sceptical about this recipe (meatballs on a taco) but I was so wrong. It turned out delicious, quite meaty to be honest. πŸ™‚ But how could it not – juicy meatballs with lots of spices and sweet pepper, fresh guac, black beans & sour cream. You can even add some cheese, fresh jalapenos, coriander and whatnot. Why not build your own taco? Just don’t forget the main ingredient here – the Turkey Meatballs.

Turkey Meatballs Tacos

I made the meatballs quite small on purpose, after all I was gonna put them on a taco so I didn’t want any big ones. I used fresh coriander, red pepper, onion, garlic, cumin, black pepper, nutmeg and I think that’s about it. Oh, and one more thing, these are actually oven-baked. So no frying and you get a healthier option of meatballs. πŸ™‚

Turkey Meatballs Tacos

The kids only had the meatballs though. They’re still not used to have the whole packageΒ with the sauces and beans, so they basically had a plain taco – meatballs only which was fine with me, as long as they had their dinner. πŸ™‚

Turkey Meatballs Tacos

These Turkey Meatballs Tacos are super easy to make and that makes them perfect for a busy weekday dinner. You can even try to make the meatballs in advance and then just build your tacos from there. There are so many delicious options to choose from! πŸ™‚

Turkey Meatballs Tacos

Quick tip: For a juicier version of the meatballs I add some grated Parmesan cheese and for a cheesy version – grated Mozzarella. πŸ™‚

Turkey Meatballs Tacos

Here’s how to make the Turkey Meatballs Tacos

Turkey Meatballs Tacos

Turkey Meatballs Tacos

Ingredients

  • 5-6 soft flour tacos
  • For the Meatballs:
  • 450g turkey mince
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1/3 red pepper, chopped
  • 1/3 onion, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 1tsp nutmeg
  • 1tsp cumin
  • 1tsp black pepper
  • 1tsp salt
  • black beans for serving
  • sour cream for serving
  • guacamole for serving
  • hot sauce, if wished

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200Β°C.
  2. In a bowl, mix all the meatballs ingredients and make small meatballs.
  3. Arrange them on a greased baking tray and cook in the oven for about 30 minutes.
  4. Serve the tacos with as many topping as you wish. You can add black beans, sour cream, guacamole or cheese.
  5. Enjoy!
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Turkey Meatballs Tacos

Pizza Muffins

Happy almost Friday guys! Today’s recipe is Pizza Muffins! I’m so excited to share this recipe with you, you may have or have not tried making pizza muffins before, but believe me you should try these! They are so delicious and yet so simple to make! And my preschool daughter loves them and wants them in her lunchbox all the time! What a success! πŸ™‚

Pizza Muffins

OK, so first of all my excitement comes from the fact that I haven’t tried these before and in general was really excited to make pizza like muffins or the other way around, not really sure. πŸ™‚ I used cornflour and plain flour(half and half), some passata, chopped ripe tomatoes, lots of Mozzarella cheese, Parmesan and a bit of mild Cheddar, and one green pepper. Oh, of course and the pepperoni.

The taste guys was amazing, exactly like pizza, like a really good pizza(the best probably). My daughter instantly loved them! πŸ™‚ I really can’t wait to try some other versions, vegetarian probably and share them with you.

Pizza Muffins

The Pizza Muffins are great on the go, for picnic, snack at any time or as an appetizer. There’s a bit of a downside, they’re not really on the very healthy side but I say everything in moderation is ok. πŸ™‚ I’d like to think so. πŸ™‚

If you prefer a vegetarian version, simply skip the pepperoni. I assure these will taste as good as with the pepperoni, more like cheese & tomato pizza, which by the way is my favorite. I mean, what could go wrong with cheese & tomato pizza? Well, there’s probably something but that’s another topic. πŸ™‚

Here’s how to make these pretty Pizza Muffins

Pizza Muffins

Pizza Muffins

Ingredients

  • 120g cornflour
  • 120g plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 100ml sunflower oil
  • 100ml yogurt
  • 100ml passata
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 1 ripe tomato, chopped
  • 150g g Mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 50g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 50g mild Cheddar, grated
  • about 20 pepperoni slices
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1tbsp thyme
  • 5-6 basil leaves
  • 1tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180Β°C.
  2. In a bowl, combine all the dry ingredients and gradually start adding the wet - eggs, yogurt, oil, passata. Mix the mixture well and stir in the chopped tomato and pepper and the basil leaves.
  3. Gently add the cheese. Pour the mixture into a greased muffin tray. Arrange the pepperoni slices - one on top and a few on the sides.
  4. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes or until ready.
  5. Enjoy!
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Pizza Muffins

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Pizza Muffins

Cherry Tomato & Cream Cheese Spinach Muffins

Happy Friyay guys! Today’s recipe is Cherry Tomato & Cream Cheese Spinach Muffins – perfect for lunch boxes and as a snack on the go!

Cream Cheese & Cherry Tomato Spinach Muffins

I’m all about lunch boxes recently. My daughter is quite fussy so I try to make her lunch boxes healthy, tasty and suited to her taste at the same time. The good thing is she loves fruit and veg so there’s no issue with that. But when it comes to sandwiches, soups and any other homemade food, she’s quite fussy. Number one rule is ‘no white’ which means no feta, no yogurt, no eggs, no cheese even. For example, the other day she asked me to make her a sandwich for school with ham and bread only. Can you believe it? I was pretty sure she wouldn’t like it but when I picked her up from school she’s finished all her lunch box and even said to me the sandwich was super tasty. Really? πŸ™‚ I guess her taste buds are still developing. πŸ™‚

Cheery Tomato & Cream Cheese Spinach Muffins

Also, she really likes savoury muffins, especially the spinach ones I make. So I thought I’d make some for her lunch box. I used cream cheese which I mixed with the spinach so she won’t tell there’s some. The ones I usually make are with feta cheese and she always picks it out. I added some sliced cherry tomatoes as I know she loves them. However she picked them out too. She really liked the muffins though and even wanted some more for the next day, apart from the cherry tomatoes which she asked me toΒ pick out. πŸ™‚ So, yes I’m all about school lunches now. πŸ™‚

Cream Cheese & Cherry Tomato Spinach Muffins

I personally love these Spinach Muffins, I can’t get enough of them. But how could you not like them – they’re pretty, they’re tiny (like ‘two big bites’ tiny) and they taste amazing. As I already mentioned, perfect for lunch boxes, picnics and simply as a snack on the go.

Cherry Tomato & Cream Cheese Spinach Muffins

These beauties are very simple to make – eggs, flour, spinach, cream cheese and a few cherry tomatoes. All you have to do is mix the ingredients together and bake. Simple as that.

Here’s how to make the Cherry Tomato & Cream Cheese Spinach Muffins

Cherry Tomato & Cream Cheese Spinach Muffins

Cherry Tomato & Cream Cheese Spinach Muffins

Ingredients

  • 200g flour
  • 100g spinach, pureed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1cup yogurt
  • 50g butter, melted
  • 200g cream cheese
  • 5-6 cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1tbsp mustard seeds
  • 1tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180Β°C.
  2. In a bowl, mix the spinach and cream cheese. Add the butter, eggs and yogurt and mix well.
  3. Gradually start adding the dry ingredients - flour, baking powder, mustard seeds and salt.
  4. Empty the muffin mixture in a greased muffin tray. Throw a few cherry tomato slices and bake in the oven for about 30 minutes.
  5. Enjoy!
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Check out my other Spinach Muffin recipes here:

Spinach Bites

Meatless Monday:Spinach Cups with Cream Cheese

Spinach & Feta Cheese Cornmeal Muffins with Mustard Seeds

Spinach & Quinoa Bites

Spinach Pumpkin Cups

Cheesy Chicken & Spinach Bites

I hope you guys like this recipe and hopefully your little ones will love it too. Stay tuned for more quick, easy & tasty recipes, hopefully ‘school friendly’ too πŸ™‚ , coming very soon. xx

Beef & Pork Stuffed Zucchini

Happy Friday! Today’s recipe is Stuffed Zucchini – one of my favourite stuffed zucchini recipes – there’s pork and beef mince, spices, fresh herbs and of course, melted cheese. πŸ™‚

Stuffed Zucchini

I absolutely love zucchini in every way possible. For some reason, I do make lots of zucchini recipes this time of the year ( I guess because they’re in season, duh). Grilled, steamed, fried or even raw they are just delicious.

And in this particular recipe, they’re simply amazing. I stuffed them with beef and pork mince that was flavoured with some garlic, tomato and spices. Then added some cheese on top for a perfect finish. They tasted so fresh and yummy so no wonder they were gone in a few minutes.

Also, this recipe is perfect for when you’re quite busy and don’t have that much time to spend in the kitchen. In my case, it took me just a few minutes as I used the meat from a pasta recipe I had made the previous day. Basically, the only thing I did was to fill the zucchini with the mixture and cook them. How not to love recipes like these – they save you so much time but at the same time are so tasty! πŸ™‚

Stuffed Zucchini

Here’s how to make the Beef & Pork Stuffed Zucchini

Stuffed Zucchini

Stuffed Zucchini

Ingredients

  • 2-3 zucchini (courgettes)
  • 300g beef and pork mince meat (mixed)
  • 150g Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2tbsp tomato passata
  • 1tsp cumin
  • 1tsp black pepper
  • salt
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • a bunch of fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200Β°C.
  2. Cut the zucchini in halves and scoop out the inside part, then chopped it up.
  3. Heat a pan with olive oil and sweat the garlic, onion and the inside part of the zucchini for five minutes. Add the minced meat, passata and seasonings and mix well. Cook for about 10 minutes then leave on a side to cool down.
  4. Fill the zucchini halves with the mixture and place in the oven for about 15 minutes. Add the cheese and leave for another 2-3 minutes so the cheese can melt.
  5. Serve with some extra parsley on top.
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Beef & Pork Stuffed Zucchini

For more Zucchini recipes check here:

MM: Zucchini Frittata

Grilled Zucchini Strawberry Salad

Hasselback Zucchini with Crispy Bacon

Zucchini Galette

Meatless Monday: Oven Baked Zucchini Chips

Meatless Monday: Zucchini & Feta Cheese Bake

MM: Stuffed Zucchini Bites with Mozzarella & Gouda Cheese

Zucchini, Carrots & Feta Cheese Bake

MeatlessMonday: Stuffed Zucchini Rolls

MeatlessMonday: Zucchini Spaghetti & Kale Salad with Radishes

Zucchini & Maple Syrup Muffins

MM: Raw Vegan Zucchini Cashew Dip

I hope you guys like this recipe, if so, make sure to stay tuned for more simple but tasty recipes coming very soon your way! πŸ™‚ Till then, have a wonderful weekend with delicious food and drinks! That’s what I intend to do! πŸ™‚ xx

Kale & Butternut Squash Quesadillas

Happy Thursday guys! Today’s recipe is Kale & Butternut Squash Quesadillas – grilled flour tortillas stuffed with sweet squash, kale, chickpeas and melted cheese. This was too delicious not to try so put your apron on and let’s get cooking! I promise, it only takes a few minutes, it’s super simple and even more tastier. πŸ™‚

Kale & Butternut Squash Quesadillas

I genuinely love Mexican or Mexican – inspired food and I enjoy experimenting a lot. I’ve tried different versions of burritos and quesadillas (see the links below πŸ™‚ ) but never tried this one in particular. The idea came when I had to get rid of some roasted butternut squash I had in the fridge so I came up with quesadillas. I added some kale, roasted chickpeas, which again were leftovers from another recipe, and lots of cheese. No need to mention I poured half a bottle of hot sauce on my quesadillas. πŸ™‚ But hey, this was Mex – inspired, it should be hot. πŸ™‚

Kale & Butternut Squash Quesadillas

On a second thought, I think some sliced jalapenos would make these quesadillas even more appetizing. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any but next time definitely throwing some in there. πŸ™‚

The quesadillas are amazing for starter but these are so rich they can easily pass as a main. It really depends on how hungry you are. Serve them with some freshly made guacamole, sour cream and of course, hot sauce (for those of you who can handle the heat:-) ). And don’t forget to massage the kale with a bit of olive oil before adding it to the quesadillas. πŸ™‚

Here’s what you need to make these Kale & Butternut Squash Quesadillas

Kale & Butternut Squash Quesadillas

Kale & Butternut Squash Quesadillas

Ingredients

  • 300g butternut squash, roasted & cut in pieces
  • 100g chickpeas, roasted
  • a handful of kale
  • 100g mild Cheddar, grated
  • 100g Mozzarella, grated
  • 4-5 flour tortillas

Instructions

  1. Heat a griddle pan and place the tortilla. On half of the tortilla arrange some of the squash, chickpeas & kale and sprinkle some cheese on top. Make sure it's not too much so you can close the wrap.
  2. Gently close the wrap and press down. Cook for about 5 minutes, turn on the other side for a few minutes and remove from the pan.
  3. Repeat with the rest of the tortillas.
  4. Serve with some fresh guacamole, sour cream and/or hot sauce.
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Here are some more Mexican – inspired recipes:

Meatless Monday: Black Bean, Roasted Peppers & Feta Cheese Quesadillas

Wild Boar Burritos

Meatless Monday: Black Eyed Bean Vegetarian Burrito

Turkey & Spinach Enchiladas

Easy Steak Fajitas

Turkey Meatball Fajita

Loaded Shrimp Salad

Kale & Butternut Squash Quesadillas

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

Sun-dried Tomatoes Pork Cups

Happy Wednesday all! Recipe of the day is Sun-dried Tomatoes Pork Cups – succulent meat cups with scrambled eggsΒ with feta cheese and sun-dried tomatoes – lovely breakfast idea or just a snack on the go!

Sun-dried Tomatoes Pork Cups

It’s been a whole week without posting! It seems every time I try to be more organised and post regularly something gets on a way. And it’s usually something to do with the kids. In this case, it was chickenpox. At lest now it’s over though. Both of my kids had it, two weeks apart and while my older daughter was really lucky and barely had any blisters, my poor baby had it really bad. But again, I’m so glad it’s over now. Easter is coming so are my new recipes so stay tuned…

And the weather’s been amazing recently! It makes me think of some yummy Spring-inspired recipes. So lots of cooking planned ahead!

Anyhow, the recipe is here now so back to it…

This is and incredibly easy recipe made in a muffin tray. All you need is minced pork, sun-dried tomatoes and eggs and feta cheese. If you’re looking for a filling breakfast ideas this is for you. It’s cheesy, meaty and conveniently shaped in small cups ready to bite. πŸ™‚

Sun-dried Tomatoes Pork Cups

I had some pork mince leftovers and wanted to make some scotch eggs which I love but then I thought my kids are not keen on them so instead I made these pretty cups.

I’ve been using lots of sun-dried tomatoes lately and they go so well in my savoury recipes. Whenever I’d like to add more flavour to a meal I open my kitchen cupboard and ,especially recently, reach towards the sun-dried tomatoes. That’s why I always have a jar of these in my kitchen cupboard. πŸ™‚

Here’s how to make the Sun-dried Tomatoes Pork Cups.

Sun-dried Tomatoes Pork Cups

Sun-dried Tomatoes Pork Cups

Ingredients

  • 300g pork mince
  • 1 egg
  • 2tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 7-8 sun-dried tomatoes, sliced
  • 100g feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2eggs
  • 1tsp cumin
  • 1tsp pepper
  • salt to taste
  • fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200Β°C.
  2. In a bowl, combine the pork, egg, breadcrumbs and seasoning. Add a handful of fresh parsley and mix well.
  3. Grease a muffin tray and shape the mixture in small balls. Arrange them on the tray and press with your fingers to make a hole(so you can fill them in with the eggs mixture).
  4. Place in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the egg mixture - in a bowl, simply mix the eggs, cheese and sun-dried tomatoes together.
  6. Fill the pork cups wit the mixture and place back in the oven for another 5-10 minutes or until ready.
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Baked Tuna Meatballs

Happy weekend all! Here’s the Saturday recipe of the day – Baked Tuna Meatballs – yes, baked not fried, but still juicy, amazingly delicious and super simple to make!

Baked Tuna Meatballs

OK, so this was the first time I made meatballs from tinned tuna. I saw a few photos of tuna meatballs on the web and I thought that they looked quite delicious. So, I got all my ingredients and started cooking.

I chose to bake these simply because I’m not really keen in frying. Don’t get me wrong I love fried food too, it’s just the process I dislike. πŸ™‚ I honestly fry food very rarely and almost every time regret it. πŸ™‚ So I try to find alternatives(meaning cooking in the oven). πŸ™‚

Baked Tuna Meatballs

But as I mentioned, the meatballs were so succulent and juicy, you’d probably thought they were fried. Well, I guess that’s because of the tinned tuna and also I didn’t completely drain it, I saved just a tiny bit from the sunflower oil. Yes, probably that kept the meatballs moist and so appetizing.

Baked Tuna Meatballs

Here’s how to make the Baked Tuna Meatballs.

Baked Tuna Meatballs
 
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Serves: 25
Ingredients
  • 3 tins of tuna in sunflower oil, drained, with a bit of sunflower oil left
  • 2tbsp breadcrumbs
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 egg
  • 100g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • fresh parsley, chipped
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200Β°C.
  2. In a bowl, combine the tuna, egg, onion, garlic and breadcrumbs. Season with salt and pepper and mix well.
  3. Add the Parmesan cheese and parsley, mix and make small meatballs.
  4. In a greased baking tray arrange the tuna meatballs and cook in the oven for about 20 minutes or until ready.

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Baked Tuna Meatballs

I served the meatballs with quinoa with peas and corn. My kids really enjoy quinoa and have it quite often. I often add some veggies inside like carrots, peas, small broccoli, etc..

The tuna meatballs work well with lots of stuff, like you can have them with veggies, rice, pasta, whatever you fancy really. Or simply by themselves, with some kind of sauce probably.

Baked Tuna Meatballs

I think they would taste amazing in a creamy tomato sauce with some pasta so next time I might actually make this.

Oh, and they also make a great party food/canapes. Make them even smaller, prick them with cocktails stick and serve them to your guests. I’m pretty sure they would love them. πŸ™‚

Baked Tuna Meatballs

Did I say that the kids love them too? It’s really one of the few things they genuinely like and I was so surprised they actually licked their plates and asked for more.:-) That was a huge success. So looks like from now on I’ll be making these quite often. And another plus is, you probably got all the ingredients in your kitchen cupboard/fridge. I mean, I always stock up on tinned tuna. It’s great for quick and easy meals and I use it a lot – in sandwiches, pasta, wraps, salads and whatnot.

Tip: Why not try adding a splash of hot sauce in the tuna mixture for some extra heat. πŸ™‚