Stuffed Mozzarella Salad

Happy Wednesday guys! Recipe of the day is Stuffed Mozzarella Salad – Summery, yummy and nutritious!

Stuffed Mozzarella Salad

It’s this time of the year when we are about to go on holiday and there’s so much stuff to organise. Plus, my daughter’s birthday party is just a day before we go, so that’s need to be planned too. Well, actually, I’m glad to say, most of the stuff is already taken care of. I just need to prepare some sandwiches and nibbles. But it’s been a hectic few weeks, really. And I had no idea it was so hard to get hold of a face painter and book a bouncy castle. Phewww. ๐Ÿ™‚

Stuffed Mozzarella Salad

Back to my recipe now…Mozzarella cheese is so versatile and is a must in my Summery salad recipes. I simply love it, the flavour is mild so it works amazing with veggies and fruit too. And yes, this is a stuffed mozzarella ball. ๐Ÿ™‚ I used my fingers to shape the mozzarella cheese and made a small well where I put some goodies.

Stuffed Mozzarella Salad

So I had this beautiful quinoa salad and I really wanted to spice things up, meaning make something different this time. ๐Ÿ™‚ I opened the fridge, saw the mozzarella cheese and a bowl with my homemade pesto and this is how the idea actually came to me. Why not stuff the mozzarella with the quinoa salad and use the pesto? Why not, indeed? ๐Ÿ™‚ I also added some steamed green beans. It all worked amazing. Not only the salad was super tasty but it was quite filling too. It can easily pass as a light main meal, especially in the Summer (well, probably depends how hungry you are). ๐Ÿ™‚

Stuffed Mozzarella Salad

Here’s how to make the Stuffed Mozzarella Salad

Stuffed Mozzarella Salad

Stuffed Mozzarella Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 Mozzarella ball
  • 100g quinoa, cooked
  • 100g green beans, steamed
  • 50g peas, tinned
  • 50g corn, tinned
  • 100g tuna, tinned
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1tsp lemon juice
  • salt to taste
  • 1tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • For the homemade pesto:
  • 50 basil
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 2tbsp pine nuts
  • 2tbsp Parmesan, grated
  • 1tbsp lemon juice
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, mix the quinoa, tuna, peas and corn. Add some olive oil, lemon juice and salt.
  2. Using your fingers make a small well in the Mozzarella ball and fill it with the quinoa salad.
  3. To make the pesto, simply blitz all the ingredients together. Add on top of the salad.
  4. Arrange the steamed green beans around the Mozzarella ball.
  5. Drizzle some balsamic vinegar on top and serve.
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Stuffed Mozzarella Salad

I hope you guys like this recipe. Stay tuned for more fresh and tasty recipes coming very soon. xx

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

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 Salad

Tip: 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™‚

Butternut Squash, Quinoa & Chia Seed Burgers

Happy weekend all! The recipe of the day is Butternut Squash, Quinoa & Chia Seed Burgers. Not only these are super healthy, but they taste heavenly! They’re packed with yummy ingredients and spices and make aย perfect nutritiousย meal – quinoa, chia seeds and turmeric, the main ingredients here.

 

Butternut Squash, Quinoa & Chia Seed BurgersAnd because it’s a Super Bowl weekend, I think these would make an amazing healthy snack for those of you watching the scales. They’re really filling so I decided to serve them on their own, without any buns. I added some avocado, red onions, fresh coriander and garlic mayo. If you prefer, you can also add some cheese on top. Oh, but there’s already cheese inside the burgers – lots of Parmesan cheese. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s my suggestion for Super Bowl snacking:

Meatless Monday: Stuffed Zucchini Bites with Mozzarella & Gouda Cheese

Bacon, Cheese & Eggs Stuffed Peppers

Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Wild Boar Burritos

Smoked Salmon Stuffed Avocados

Meatless Monday: Black Eyed Bean Vegetarian Burrito

Quail Egg Eggplant Pizzas

Parsnip Pizzas

Smoked Salmon Bites

Spinach Bites

Cheesy Chicken & Spinach Bites

These are just some of the recipes I like. For more recipe ideas, just check my website. All of them are quick, easy and super tasty. ๐Ÿ™‚

Of course, I had my burgers with lots of hot sauce, just couldn’t help it. ๐Ÿ™‚ But as far as I know spicy food is good for you, isn’t it? ๐Ÿ™‚

Butternut Squash, Quinoa & Chia Seed Burgers

I used red quinoa as I like it better than the regular. I really have been using lots of quinoa recently so I made a plan. What I do is cook a pot with quinoa in advance and then when I need it, just add it to soups, salads, stews and burgers. There’s no need for cooking – quick, easy and very convenient. ๐Ÿ™‚ And apparently they’re some yummy desserts with quinoa which I haven’t tried yet but would love to. ๐Ÿ™‚ So stock up on quinoa and let’s get cooking. ๐Ÿ™‚ The weekend is too short so we all need good food and rest to charge our batteries and start the busy week ahead. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s what you need to make these healthy and delicious Butternut Squash, Quinoa & Chia Seed Burgers.

Butternut Squash, Quinoa & Chia Seed Burgers
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 35
Ingredients
  • 400g butternut squash, cooked and mashed
  • 150g quinoa, cooked
  • 50g chia seeds
  • 100g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • 2 eggs
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 2tsp turmeric
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh coriander leaves
  • garlic mayo, if wished
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200ยฐC.
  2. In a bowl, place the quinoa, squash, chia seeds and eggs. Mix well and add the Parmesan cheese, olive oil and spices.
  3. Make burger patties and place them on a greased baking tray.
  4. Cook in the oven for about 20 minutes or until ready.
  5. Garnish with the avocado, tomato, onion and mayo. Add some fresh coriander leaves and serve.

Butternut Squash, Quinoa & Chia Seed Burgers

A quick question – what are your favourite recipes for St Valentine’s Day? Do you stick with chocolate or mix things up? I’d love to here your thoughts. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Shrimp & Red Quinoa Casserole

Happy Monday guys! The recipe of the day is here – Shrimp & Red Quinoa Casserole, ready in 30 minutes, more or less, very filling and nutritious. This is the ultimate comfort dish for me and the fact that is so easy to prepare makes it perfect, especially on a gloomy and rainy day like today. Seriously, you can mix this goodness up in minutes. Oh, I forgot to mention, there are some chopped pancetta pieces hidden for extra flavour. What could be more comforting and tasty than succulent shrimp and pancetta in aromatic bowl with nutty red quinoa and a mix of vegetables. ๐Ÿ™‚ Serve it on its own or with some delicious bread to dip in.

Shrimp & Red Quinoa Casserole

It may look like one of those slow cooked dishes that take a long long time to cook but this one is really quick to make. And it’s so heart-warming! I had it with lots of spicy sauce and it was just divine. It’s actually a lot like shrimp gumbo soup. I added red quinoa which went really well with the shrimp. Of course, you can use just regular quinoa. I only had red in my kitchen cupboard but to be honest I somehow prefer it to the regular. There is just a slight taste difference. The red one tastes nuttier and has hot more flavour, I think. But mixed with all the vegetables, shrimp and pancetta it all was bursting with flavour.

Here’s what you need for the Shrimp & Red Quinoa Casserole.

Shrimp & Red Quinoa Casserole
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 35
Ingredients
  • 200g shrimp
  • 100g Pancetta, chopped
  • 150g red quinoa
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1tbsp paprika
  • 1tbsp Garam Masala
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • sour cream to serve
  • fresh coriander to serve
Instructions
  1. Heat a pan with the olive oil and sweat the vegetables for a few minutes. Throw in the Pancetta pieces too. Add some water to cover them and simmer for about 15 minutes.
  2. Add the shrimp and quinoa. Season the casserole with the spices and leave on the hob for another 15 minutes. Add more water, if necessary.
  3. Remove from the hop and serve with some fresh coriander and some sour cream.

 

Shrimp & Red Quinoa Casserole

One of the most important part in this dish are the spices. I used paprika and Garam Masala. I really love the last one, it definitely makes such a different in flavor and make your taste buds warm and happy. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you can’t find it in your local shop, you can simply mix it up. It’s a combination of cumin, coriander, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and black pepper. It addsย aย heat to your dishes that is so necessary in the winter days. ๐Ÿ™‚

Shrimp & Red Quinoa Casserole

Tip: If you can handle the heat, I suggest, serve this lovely dish with some peppery hot sauce. I didn’t add any in the casserole because of the kids but I had lots of it in my own bowl. Finish it of with a bit of sour cream and fresh coriander leaves, if wished.ย 

Shrimp & Red Quinoa Casserole

Quinoa & Beef Stuffed Peppers

Happy Wednesday guys! The recipe of the day is quick and easy Stuffed Peppers with Quinoa and Beef.

It’s a delicious and very satisfying meal. ย Stuffed peppers have become one of our family’s favourite recipes. It seems theyย are always popular no matter what you stuff them with. ๐Ÿ™‚ I usually make them with beef, pork and rice but this time instead of the rice I used quinoa. There was definitely a difference in the taste. You know, how quinoa adds a but nuttiness to the food. Well, it made the peppers really tasty and healthy.

The recipe is really basic and requires only a few ingredients but the taste is amazing. I love this version but if you’re a vegetarian or simply prefer a lighter version, use quinoa only or check below for some yummy vegetarian Stuffed Peppers recipes. I particularly like the ones with the cheese. Cheese is always good, the more, the better ๐Ÿ™‚ And not to mention, they’re actually quite light and healthy so if you watch your diet, this is a good option. Probably without the Parmesan cheese though ๐Ÿ™‚

Quinoa & Beef Stuffed Peppers
Quinoa & Beef Stuffed Peppers

Here’s what you need for these quick and easy Stuffed Peppers.

Ingredients:

  • 5-6 peppers, cut in halves
  • 200g quinoa, cooked
  • 300g beef mince
  • 1 small carrot, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1tsp cumin
  • 2tsp paprika
  • 1tsp black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese for sprinkling
Quinoa & Beef Stuffed Peppers
Quinoa & Beef Stuffed Peppers

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200ยฐC.
  2. Heat a pan with the olive oil and gently sweat the onion, garlic and carrots for about 10 minutes. Add a tiny bit of water so they’re not frying.
  3. Add the beef mince and quinoa and season with the spices. Stir the mixture well and cook for about 20 minutes or until ready, stirring occasionally. If necessary, add more water.
  4. Grease a baking tray and arrange the peppers on top. Start filling them with the beef and quinoa mixture. Place in the oven and leave for about 20 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top when serving.

Enjoy!

Quinoa & Beef Stuffed Peppers
Quinoa & Beef Stuffed Peppers

Tip: For more Stuffed Peppers recipes check here:

Bacon, Cheese & Eggs Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers with Minced Pork, Vegetables & Rice

Bacon & Orzo Stuffed Peppers with Mozzarella Cheese

Meatless Monday: Feta & Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Peppers

Why not improvise and mix things up a little bit? You can use some leftover rice or simply cheese and veggies. That’s what I like in making Stuffed Peppers. You can basically put whatever you’d like and it’ll still taste good. But the ingredients that always work are definitely cheese, bacon, beef, pork, rice and quinoa. I mean, I’ve tried these and I loved them all. But there are much more to try, right! ๐Ÿ™‚