Cauliflower, Broccoli & Cheese Bites

Happy Thursday! Recipe of the day is Cauliflower, Broccoli & Cheese Bites – simple, tasty and loaded with cheese, well with veggies too! 🙂

Cauliflower, Broccoli & Cheese

Is it Spring yet? The weather today was amazing and we actually got lots of sunshine. Hopefully this doesn’t change in the next few days. We really need the sun to come out more often and the temperatures to rise. 🙂 I’ve had enough of the cold and gloomy weather, colds and runny noses. Plus, it’s time to start making some fresh and tasty Spring recipes with lots of yummy veggies and fruit.

And I know, once Spring is here, many of us start planning the Summer – holidays, get in shape programs and whatnot. It’s just so exciting! The holiday part, I mean. Meanwhile, we’re gonna have to wait patiently and hope for more sunny days!

Cauliflower, Broccoli & Cheese Bites

And now back to the recipe again…I was about to make Cauliflower and Cheese with Broccoli but then I thought I might make something a bit different this time and mix thing up a little bit. This is what happened. These bites are actually even easier to make and take a few minutes. All you need is a blender and then the rest is left to the oven. Apart from the cauliflower and broccoli, I used single cream, eggs and a generous amount of cheese. There is no flour so these bites are tasty gluten-free option too and are not that high in calories. Well, they’re pretty healthy(probably with a bit less cheese though). 🙂

They’re actually quite like a breakfast bites with all the cheese and eggs. 🙂 Also, they’re perfect for snacking all day long. 🙂 And the colour they turned is quite pretty, isn’t it. It’s so bright and fresh!

Cauliflower, Broccoli & Cheese Bites

The kids enjoyed them too. They were really attracted to the muffin-sized bites and actually had a few of them. So that was a success! 🙂

They usually eat broccoli but are not fans of cauliflower. Well, I don’t think they realised there’s cauliflower but that was not necessary at all, was it. 🙂

It’s amazing how many things you can actually prepare in a muffin tray. It seems muffin trays are not what they used to be anymore. 🙂 I’ve made different breakfast bites and I simply loved them. I have to admit it, cooking nowadays has become really inventive.

Cauliflower, Broccoli & Cheese Bites

Here’s how to make these Cauliflower, Broccoli & Cheese Bites.

Cauliflower, Broccoli & Cheese Bites
 
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Ingredients
  • 200g broccoli
  • 150g cauliflower
  • 200g Cheddar cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 200ml single cream
  • 1tbsp butter
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Combine all the ingredients and work them in a blender till a smooth consistency. Season with salt and pepper and mix well.
  3. Grease a muffin tray and empty the mixture.
  4. Place in the oven and cook for about 20 minutes or until ready.

 

Cauliflower, Broccoli & Cheese BitesTip: For a meaty and more filling version, try adding some chopped bacon into the mixture! 

I hope you enjoy this recipe! Stay tuned for more quick, easy and tasty recipes. And hopefully kids-friendly too! 🙂

Easy Falafel Pita

Happy Sunday all! Today’s recipe is Easy Falafel Pita!

It’s super simple recipe, really easy to make and yet is so delicious and healthy.

Just perfect for a lazy Sunday lunch!

Easy Falafel Pita

The main ingredient is chickpeas, of course and then you’re gonna need some pita bread, red onion, avocado. Simple as that. You can always add extra veggies if you prefer or sauces. I had the falafel pitas with sour cream and hot sauce but you can have them with whatever sauces you fancy.

I made the falafels with onion, garlic, olive oil and parsley. They quite remind of hummus. But this is because the ingredients for the hummus are the same, you only need to add tahini paste and your hummus is done.

Easy Falafel Pita

The falafels are so delicious you can easily have them by themselves, probably with a bit of sauce. You can even add them in a salad. They really taste good with some fresh spinach. They’re perfect for appetizers and meze platters. I love ordering meze platters when out because you get all these yummy stuff like falafel, hummus, halloumi, etc. So why not make this at home to entertain your friends? I bet they would be delighted. 🙂

I also baked these in the oven, so again no frying. 🙂 And my kids loved them, which is probably the most important thing. 🙂 Yay! Another recipe they really liked! Well, they didn’t have them with the pita but that doesn’t really matter because they really enjoyed the falafels. 🙂 So now I’ve got about five recipes they really liked, one for each day of the week. 🙂 Just kidding!

Easy Falafel Pita

Here’s how to make these beautiful Falafels.

Easy Falafel Pita
 
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Ingredients
  • 300g chickpeas, cooked
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 2tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 egg
  • 2tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1tbsp flour
  • salt and pepper
  • For serving:
  • pita bread
  • red onion, sliced
  • avocado, sliced
  • coriander leaves
  • sour cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. In a bowl, combine the falafel ingredients and mix well.
  3. Make small balls and arrange them on a greased baking tray.
  4. Cook in the oven for about 20 minutes or until ready.
  5. Serve on a pita bread with the red onion, avocado and fresh coriander leaves.
  6. Add sour cream and hot sauce, if wished.

 

Easy Falafel Pita

Apart from the pita bread, you can use wraps, kebab bread and even buns. Yes, why not make vegetarian burgers. Use the same ingredients but simply arrange them on a bun. Falafel burger sounds nice, doesn’t it! You might add some melted cheese too, otherwise it might be a bit dry.

The bottom line is the options with these tasty falafels are so many – burgers, salads, pita breads, etc. They make a very nutritious and healthy meal so I think I should make them more often. And now that my kids like them, that’s a serious reason to make these, let’s say, weekly. 🙂

Tip: Make sure to soak the chickpeas in water before cooking them. You can use tinned too but I read that it’s much better to use dry chickpeas so I stuck to it. 🙂

Easy Falafel Pita

Parsnip Pizzas

Happy Tuesday guys! The recipe of the day is here – Parsnip Pizzas with Pancetta, Mozzarella & Parmesan Cheese!

Parsnip Pizzas

I would lie if I said these taste like regular pizzas but they definitely taste amazing. Yes, different but absolutely delicious. I came up with the idea as I had to get rid of my pack with parsnips that was in the fridge for a bit too long. And the last time I cooked parsnip no one was really keen so I had to be a bit more creative. Me, personally, I love parsnip no matter how I prepare it – mash or roast, but my family has a different opinion. So how do I make them eat parsnip? Well, make parsnip pizzas! 🙂 I was also thinking to make some arancini like balls with parsnip but went for the pizzas. Actually, I still have this idea in my plan, so next time my parsnips are staying to long in the fridge I’d probably make parsnip balls.

Parsnip Pizzas

The pizzas were really easy to make. All you have to do is to cook the parsnip first, mash it and together with a few more ingredients make small pizzas. You can add the topping you fancy (I used some Pancetta, cherry tomatoes and lots of cheese). For a healthier option, you can even go vegetarian, skip the Pancetta and throw in some more veggies. Oh, and if you haven’t got any Pancetta, simply use bacon, it’ll do the work. I love Pancetta but often use bacon too.

Parsnip Pizzas

So back to the pizza again…

As I said it tastes different but in a good way. The inside is simple parsnip mash but thanks to the egg and breadcrumb that hold together the pizza you can actually slice it. If you prefer, you can go for one bigger pizza. it’d be probably easier to make and will save you some time. No matter what you’d go for, you should definitely try these. You get pizza and you get veggies. It’s a win-win situation. 🙂

Here’s how to make these tasty Parsnip Pizzas.

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Serves: 25
Ingredients
  • 400g parsnips, cooked and mashed
  • 1 egg
  • 100g breadcrumbs
  • 100g Pancetta, chopped
  • 6-7 cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 100g Mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 100g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. n a bowl, combine the parsnip, egg and breadcrumbs.
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste and shape small pizzas.
  4. Place on a greased baking tray and cook in the oven for about 15 minutes.
  5. Take out from the oven and arrange the topping. Place back and leave for another 10 minutes.

 

Parsnip PizzasTip: Why not try with some sautéed mushrooms and onions next time? And may be some feta cheese? That sounds delicious to me! 🙂 Seriously, you can add whatever you’d like and as much as you’d like, just make sure you’d be able to eat them afterwards. 🙂

Parsnip Pizzas

Hope you enjoy these! Have a wonderful week and stay tuned for another simple but tasty recipe coming your way. 🙂

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!

MM: Raw Vegan Red Pepper Dip

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

I’ve been trying lots of veggie 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 recipes 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  (like carrots, cucumbers, beetroot) or make small bites and top them up with the dip. Seriously, those veggie recipes are amazing. It would be very tasty on a bruschetta or in a pasta. May be add it to your pizza or sandwich? 🙂 It goes with almost everything, really. Well, that if you like red peppers. 🙂 I knoe some people really dislike them. I hope that’s not the case. 🙂

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. 🙂 Oh, did you check my Raw Vegan Zucchini & Cashew Dip? If, not, you should! 🙂