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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d like to think so. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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 180ยฐC.
  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

I hope you guys like this recipe as much as I do! Stay tuned for more yummy recipes that are quick and very simple to make coming very soon! xx

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? ๐Ÿ™‚ I guess her taste buds are still developing. ๐Ÿ™‚

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 toย pick out. ๐Ÿ™‚ So, yes I’m all about school lunches now. ๐Ÿ™‚

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 180ยฐC.
  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 ๐Ÿ™‚ , coming very soon. xx

Turkey Meatball Pizza

Happy Thursday! Here’s the recipe of the day – Turkey Meatball Pizza!

Turkey Meatball Pizza

I even made the dough from scratch! Not that it’s too difficult, it just takes a bit more time but it’s totally worth it. Of course, if you’re time-restraint, you can always use shop bought dough.

Turkey Meatball Pizza

So, more about the pizza now..I used Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, cheery tomatoes, sweet red peppers, black olives and a bit of spinach. I love both meatballs and pizza and the idea of having both in one mealย sounded really good. For the base, I simply used flour, yeast and olive oil, really simple, but again a bit time-consuming. I topped dit up with tomato sauce and then arranged all the other ingredients. It was quite loaded pizza, succulentย and cheesy, one of my favourite thing to have on movie night. ๐Ÿ™‚

And the weekend is just one day away so I might have to make this pizza again. ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t know about you but my weekends go by too quickly, really quickly. It seems the anticipation is so long and thenย you wake up and it’s Monday again. There’s never enough time to relax, cook, meet with friends, watch movies and have fun with the kids. Seriously, we need an extra weekend day.

Turkey Meatball Pizza

Back to the food now…Feel free to add sauces you fancy. I usually add some garlic sauce and of course, lots of hot sauce. But to be honest, this pizza is quite juicy, so you might skip the sauce. But on the other side, meatballs with hot sauce are so tasty. ๐Ÿ™‚

Turkey Meatball Pizza

Here’s what you need to make the Turkey Meatball Pizza

Turkey Meatball Pizza
 
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Ingredients
  • 4-5 tbsp tomato sauce
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 5-6 cherry tomatoes, cut in halves
  • 100g Mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 100g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 10 black olives
  • a handful of fresh spinach
  • For the Meatballs:
  • 300g ground turkey
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 1tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper
  • For the pizza dough:
  • 500g flour
  • 7g yeast
  • 2tbsp warm milk
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 1tbsp salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200ยฐC.
  2. To make the meatballs - mix all the ingredients in a bowl and shape small balls.
  3. To make the dough - mix the dough ingredients and add warm water as much as needed to make a smooth dough. Knead for about five minutes, cover with a tea towel and leave for about an hour to rise.
  4. When the dough is ready, roll it out and place in a greased baking tray.
  5. Spread the tomato sauce and sprinkle the cheese on top.
  6. Add the peppers, spinach leaves and tomatoes.
  7. Arrange the turkey meatballs on top. Sprinkle some more Parmesan cheese.
  8. Bake in the oven for about 40 minutes or until ready.

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Turkey Meatball PizzaTip: If you use shop-bought dough, you might need to half cook the meatballs before baking the pizza, especially if you make giant ones like me. ๐Ÿ™‚ Simply place them in the oven and cook for about 15 minutes. Then you can arrange them on the pizza and bake again.

Turkey Meatball Pizza

Simple Chicken Satay

Happy Tuesday guys! Today’s recipe of the day is Simple Chicken Satay! This is a lovely family recipe that your family would love. It’s simple to make, I baked the chicken in the oven, so the only thing that you need to do really is to marinade it the night before.

Simple Chicken Satay

You can always marinade it for a few hours only but the flavour is much better and the chicken tastes divine when left overnight. It helps the marinade to work properly and the chicken bites to absorb it. ๐Ÿ™‚

I used peanut butter, soy sauce and curry powder, oh, and a tiny bit of lemon juice. It got a bit thick so I added a bit of water too.

Simple Chicken Satay

To be honest, I was a bit surprise that my kids actually liked the chicken. I mean, they enjoy chicken but plain, so I was a bit sceptical. But it seems recently they’ve been surprising me a lot in regards to food. I guess their taste buds are changing. ๐Ÿ™‚

Simple Chicken Satay

Theyย specifically requested some chips to go with it but as I was on the move, I didn’t have any time so I offered them tasty bulgur salad with olives and cherry tomatoes and they agreed. ๐Ÿ™‚ At least I know for sure they like olives and tomatoes so everything with them is fine (almost every time).

And of course, I had to make the chips later on, when I had time. That was the deal. Sometimes, it feels like they can live on chips. And they’re quite fussy about their chips too. ๐Ÿ™‚ They should be skinny, plain and yellow in colour. ๐Ÿ™‚ What requirements, huh! ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh, and not burnt, even a tiny bit.

Simple Chicken Satay

So let me tell you about the bulgur wheat salad… This salad was quite like tabbouleh but with not so much herbs. I find the bulgur so tasty, especially in salads. It’s been a while since I last cooked with it so I’m glad I found it in my kitchen cupboard. And apparently, it is really beneficial to your health. So let’s stock up on some bulgur. ๐Ÿ™‚ I really need to now as I’m out of it. ๐Ÿ™‚

You can serve the Chicken Satay with almost everything, well I said almost. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’ll be delicious with some lime rice, quinoa, chips, couscous, roasted veggies, again, whatever you fancy. ๐Ÿ™‚ Or why not make this bulgur wheat salad, it’s super quick and super tasty.

Here’s how to make these Succulent & Simple Chicken Satay

Simple Chicken Satay
 
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Ingredients
  • 4 chicken breasts, cut into pieces
  • 3tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • 3tbsp soy sauce
  • 1tbsp curry powder
  • 1tbsp lemon juice
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients for the marinade and mix well. If the mixture is too thick, add a bit of water.
  2. Add the chicken pieces in, mix them well with the marinade and cover with cling film.
  3. Place in the fridge overnight.
  4. Bake the chicken in the oven for about 20 minutes at 200ยฐ or until ready.
  5. Serve with a lime wedge.

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Simple Chicken Satay