Parmesan Cheese & Parsley Meatballs

Happy Thursday guys!

As the weather is getting colder and colder by the day we need some good comfort food to warm our souls! At least I need it:-) One of my most favourite comfort food are Meatballs. Now, there are different meatballs recipes which me and my family love but this one seems to be our favourite so far – Parmesan Meatballs. As you can tell, they’re very cheesy, very herby ( I love adding fresh herbs to all of my recipes, which by the way is getting really difficult as the snails in my garden feast on my herbs) and of course very meaty. I used half and half, beef and pork. I find it this way, the meatballs are not too dry or too greasy, they’re just perfect.

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The only part I was not too keen on was the cooking. I do not like frying but luckily, it wasn’t long before they were cooked so it was all good. Actually, I think the prep time is longer than the actual cooking. Not that it takes long, the recipe is very simple, quick and easy to make. And the result is delicious meatballs – crispy on the outside, soft and cheesy on the inside.

Throw some roast veggies in the oven or a salad (potato salad goes really well with them) and have a bon apetit!

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Here are the ingredients you need to make this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 500g/1lb mince meat(50/50 pork and beef)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 150g/5oz Parmesan cheese, cut into small cubes
  • 3tbsp golden breadcrumbs
  • 1tsp black pepper
  • 1tsp cumin
  • salt
  • a bunch of fresh parsley, chopped
  • sunflower oil for frying

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Preparation:

  1. In a bowl, combine the meat, onion, parsley(add as much as you’d like), breadcrumbs and seasoning. Mix well and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  2. Combine the Parmesan cubes with the mixture and start making the meatballs.
  3. Cook in a heated pan with some sunflower oil, turning them constantly for about 15 minutes, or until they’re done. It really depends on how big you’re gonna make them and whether you use gas or electricity. Either way, they’re ready when they turn golden. To be on the safe side, cut the first on in half and check whether it’s cooked. If it’s done, finish it and continue cooking the rest of them!:-)

Enjoy!

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Meatless Monday:Spinach Cups with Cream Cheese

Happy Meatless Monday all!

As most children, my little one refuses eating anything green so I had to be more creative and try various options! (I don’t know where that came from, she used to be such a good eater! )And it turned out she actually loved these Spinach cups, without the cream cheese filling. Now she refuses to eat anything white, so I had to scoop out the cheese! Why are children so picky:) Obviously, I’m gonna need to find a way to make her eat some feta and yogurt. Isn’t it challenging being a mum:)

Anyways, these Spinach cups are absolutely one of my favourite cups or muffins, if you wish, and I love the cream cheese filling! They’re perfect for breakfast, as a side dish or just to have them on the go! I actually had them after I had lunch and didn’t stop till i finished the last bit! Kind of like savoury dessert!:)

Simple to make, and tasty to eat, here’s what you need for these delicious Spinach cups.

Ingredients:

200g/7oz flour

2tbsp sunflower oil

2 eggs

1 cup sour cream or yogurt

150g/5oz mushrooms, sliced

150g/5oz spinach, pureed

1tsp salt

1tsp baking powder

100g/3.5oz cream cheese

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/392°F.
  2. In a bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder.
  3. In another bowl, mix the egg, yogurt, oil and add the pureed spinach.
  4. Grease a muffin tray and start arranging a few sliced mushrooms on the bottom and side. Pour the spinach mixture halfway up and then add a tsp of the cream cheese. Add the spinach mixture so the mould is full. Repeat with the rest. You can add a few mushroom slices on the top too.
  5. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes or until ready.

Enjoy!

Tip: For another lovely spinach cup/muffin recipe check here and for a non vegetarian version here!

Meatless Monday: Spicy Polenta Chips

Happy Meatless Monday guys! The recipe of the day is one that I’ve been meaning to make for a long time now and finally that day has come – Spicy Polenta Chips with Feta Cheese. Really good stuff and really filling too! If you, like me, love corn and polenta, you’d love this simple but delicious recipe! For some reason, I don’t use that much polenta in my cooking which I need to change. Polenta is so tasty and I specifically like the corn flavour. And corn plus cheese equals heaven. 🙂

These polenta chips are super easy to make – I basically cooked the polenta, let it to cool down and then just cut in thin pieces a.k.a. chips. 🙂 I had my polenta chips with feta cheese on top but if you’d like to indulge a bit and treat yourself add some Parmesan when cooking the polenta. It’ll become really thick and creamy and amazingly delicious.

Here’s what you need to make these Spicy Polenta Chips.

Ingredients:

  • 200g/7oz polenta
  • 2tbsp butter
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 150g/5oz feta cheese
  • hot sauce
  •  fresh coriander, chopped
  • salt and pepper

Preparation:

  1. To prepare the polenta – just follow the instructions on the back of the back(usually you have to bring a pot with water to the boil and to add slowly the polenta)
  2. Heat a pan with the butter and gently sweat the garlic. Add to the polenta and stir well. Season the polenta, pour in a baking tray and leave on a side to settle.
  3. Cut into thin pieces, add some hot sauce(your choice), crumble the feta cheese on top and sprinkle the fresh coriander.

Enjoy!

Tip: Why not try adding some grated Parmesan cheese into the polenta for even more cheesy goodness! And may be some crispy bacon! 🙂

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! 🙂

Raspberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

Happy Friday all! It’s become a tradition to post a sweet treat for the weekend so here it is – Raspberry Cheesecake Cupcakes. Trust me, these are absolutely delicious and a real treat. I love how they combine cheesecake and a cupcake in one perfect bite. Isn’t that amazing? 🙂

I’ve been thinking about a raspberry cheesecake but at the same time wanted to kind of twist it and make it a bit different. And because of my love for cheesecakes and cupcakes, here’s the result – Raspberry Cheesecake Cupcakes. The ingredients are almost the same as for the cheesecake apart from the eggs. And there’s a bit of baking involved (usually I make my cheesecakes without baking). The result is super yummy, fruity and rich cupcakes or shall I say cheesecake cupcakes, not really sure how to call them.

And, of course, these were so simple to make, I’ll be definitely making them a lot, may be even trying some other flavours!

Here’s what you need for these Raspberry Cheesecake Cupcakes.

Ingredients:

  • 500g/1lb Mascarpone
  • 200g/7oz fresh raspberries
  • 300g/10z digestive biscuits, crushed
  • 150g/5oz butter, melted
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup powder sugar
  • 1tbsp flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1tsp vanilla

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/392°F.
  2. Combine the biscuits with melted butter and layer them in a greased muffin tray(make sure you only put as much as to cover the bottom).
  3. In a bowl, combine the mascarpone, sour cream, eggs, sugar, flour and vanilla. Mix until the consistency is smooth enough.
  4. Place 3-4 raspberries and then add the cheesecake mixture on top.
  5. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes or until ready.
  6. Decorate with some extra raspberries and powder sugar on top, if wished.

Tip: Why not try adding some white chocolate into the cheesecake mixture? Or milk or dark, the one you love most, really. 🙂 That would make these bites pure indulgence!

Two Minute Grilled Jerk Chicken Pita Bread

Happy Tuesday guys! Here’s the new recipe – Two Minute Grilled Jerk Chicken Pita Bread!

Hope you all are having a wonderful week so far and enjoying the last days of Summer!

Today’s recipe of the day is super quick and easy and perfect for a busy weekday night. The only thing you need to do is to prepare the chicken in advance. Once you’ve done that, it’ll only take no more than two minutes to make these lovely pitas.

Here’s what you need for the Two Minute Grilled Jerk Chicken Pita Bread.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4-5 small pita bread (I used wholemeal)
  • a bunch of fresh coriander, chopped
  • 2-3tbsp jerk seasoning
  • 2tbsp olive oil

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Preparation:

  1. To prepare the chicken breasts – marinade them with the seasoning and olive oil the night before and then grill the breasts untill they’re cooked thoroughly.
  2. Slice the grilled jerk chicken breasts and arrange them on the pita bread.
  3. Add a few spoons of sour cream on top(as much as you’d like) and finish with some fresh coriander on top.

Enjoy!

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Tip: If jerk is too spicy for you, why not try bbq chicken pita bread!

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Blackberry Chocolate Chip Pie

Happy Meatless Monday guys!

Because we all know how Monday can be, I’ve got a quick, easy and very tasty recipe for you so your Monday will never be the same again.

Again, the main ingredient are these amazing summer berries that I feel are a bit neglected – the blackberries. Not only they are super yummy, but apparently, they’ve got numerous health benefits. So make sure you snack on these this summer or include them in your recipes.

And here’s what you need for today’s recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 300g/10oz fresh blackberries
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 100g/3.5oz butter, melted
  • 3 eggs
  • 150g/5oz chocolate chips
  • 1tsp salt

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/392°F.
  2. In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar, eggs, sour cream, butter and salt. Mix well.
  3. Finally, add the blackberries and chocolate chips. Place the mixture in a greased baking tray and bake in the oven for about 30 minutes or until ready.

Enjoy!

Tip: If wished, dust some powder sugar when serving!

MM: Eggplant, Tomato & Mozzarella Bake

So here it is – my Meatless Monday recipe – Eggplant, Tomato & Mozzarella Bake!

This is one of my favourite recipes and one of the recipes I make almost every other week.It is simply delicious – lots of melted mozzarella cheese on layers of grilled eggplants and sweet tomato sauce.Also it’s one of those fancy looking recipes but I can assure you, it’s very easy to make and budget – friendly.

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Here’s how to make the Eggplant, Tomato & Mozzarella Bake.

  • Meatless Monday: Eggplant, Tomato & Mozzarella Bake

    Meatless Monday: Eggplant, Tomato & Mozzarella Bake

    Ingredients

    • 2 eggplants, sliced
    • 2 cans chopped tomatoes (about 400g each can)
    • 400g mozzarella, sliced
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 2tbsp brown sugar
    • 1tsp salt
    • 2tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 1tbsp oregano, dry

    Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/394°F.
    2. Dip the eggplant slices into the beaten eggs and arrange them on a greased baking tray. Bake for about 15 minutes.
    3. To prepare the tomato sauce - in a pot, empty the tomato cans, add the olive oil, salt, sugar and oregano. Mix well. Leave it on the hob for about 15 minutes.
    4. Finally - start arranging the baked eggplants, pour some of the tomato sauce and finish with the sliced mozzarella. Repeat and make one more layer.
    5. Sprinkle some more oregano on top and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until ready.
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Tip: To make a spicy tomato sauce – add 1tbsp dry chillies!:)