Cheesy Chicken & Spinach Bites

Happy Monday guys! The recipe of the day is Mozzarella & Parmesan Chicken Bites with Spinach. I made these Cheesy Chicken & Spinach Bites in a muffin tray and baked them in the oven. They tasted so succulent and fresh and were gone too quickly. Even my daughter loved them! She actually thought they are even more delicious than her favourite chicken nuggets. And there was spinach in them too, lots of it, which she didn’t mind at all. I was really surprised that she ate them without even saying anything about the ‘green stuff’. Point for mummy then! :-)I need to add this recipe to the list with her favourite recipes now, which is quite short at the moment. 🙂

As I mentioned, these Chicken & Spinach Bites are actually made in the oven. There’s no frying involved (which I’m not big fan of) and still they taste as they’re deep-fried.

I thought I was actually making too many of them but it turned out they were not enough at all. I wanted to have some for today too but that was not the case. 🙂

They’re perfect for snacking or as a main. We had our Chicken & Spinach Bites with Quinoa which was very delicious combination. You can also use them as a starter. They look so cute, I’m sure your friends and family would be quite impressed. Of course, even more impressed with the flavour. 🙂 Now, I could also have these for breakfast, not sure about you though 🙂 It’s probably the fact that they’ve got eggs so it kind of make them a good start of the day too. It doesn’t really matter how and when you’re gonna have them. 🙂 Make a batch of these, refrigerate and enjoy during the week. Or why not take some for lunch in the office? Whatever you do, just make sure you prepare enough so you can enjoy them for longer!

Cheesy Chicken & Spinach Bites

Here’s what you need for these amazing Cheesy Chicken & Spinach bites.

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts, finely chopped
  • 150g spinach
  • 100g Mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 100g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 eggs
  • 100g breadcrumbs
  • 1tbsp lemon juice
  • 1tsp paprika
  • 1tsp black pepper
  • 2tbsp sunflower oil
  • salt to taste

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Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. In a bowl, add all the ingredients and seasoning and mix well.
  3. Grease a muffin tray and make small balls from the mixture so they can fit into the muffin tray.
  4. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes or until ready.

Enjoy!

 

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Tip: I had my chicken bites with lots of hot sauce, but garlic mayo goes really well with them! Just pick the dip you like and dig in!

MeatlessMonday: Spinach & Mushrooms Spaghetti Squash

Happy Sunday all! If you’re still debating on what to make for supper, here’s an easy and tasty idea – Spaghetti Squash with lots of Parmesan Cheese and Mushrooms and Spinach!

For some reason, I’ve been using lots of Parmesan cheese lately. Not only I use it with pasta, but it seems I sprinkle it on almost everything. But it just tastes good, and it tastes good on almost everything 🙂

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I hope you all had a great weekend and are getting ready to start the week ahead. Or not really 🙂 The point is you need delicious and heart-warming food to make you feel good and warm and to get you ready for Monday. This is where you’re checking my daily recipe 🙂 Just joking. Seriously though, it’s a quick recipe but will definitely warm you up and make you feel better, or at least not hungry 🙂

It’s incredibly easy recipe, and really comforting. I was quite generous on the cheese, but this is how I like my spaghetti squash 🙂

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The easiest way to make them is to roast the squash and then kind of shred it with a fork so you get your ‘spaghetti’. Skipping the shredding part and you’ll make a beautiful stuffed squash. Not big of a difference really. It’s just when making spaghetti squash, the actual squash is mixed with the other ingredients, whilst a stuffed squash, the ingredients are on top and you get the tasty squash hidden underneath. 🙂 Here you can check my Sautéed Mushrooms & Millet Stuffed Butternut Squash recipe. It is simple and delicious! And for those of you unfamiliar with millet, it’s similar to quinoa and couscous, may be just a bit creamier consistency. And as quinoa, millet’s got numerous health benefits so combined with a butternut squash it is a nutrient and healthy meal.

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Here’s what you need for the Spaghetti Squash.

Ingredients:

  • 1 butternut squash
  • 150g chestnut mushrooms, sliced
  • 100g spinach
  • 150g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

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Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Wash the squash, cut in half and scoop out the seeds.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and lay on a baking tray. Place in the oven for about 30 minutes or until the squash is cooked.
  4. Start shredding the squash by using a fork.
  5. Heat a pan with olive oil and gently sweat the spinach, mushrooms & garlic. Season with salt and pepper and leave for about 10 minutes. Remove from the hob.
  6. Fill in the squashes, mixing gently all the ingredients. Add the Parmesan cheese on top and cook in the oven for another 5-10 minutes.

Enjoy!

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Tip: If you prefer, you can scoop out the spaghetti squash and serve them in a plate but I personally love them in their squash! Plus it looks more authentic, doesn’t it? 🙂

Also make sure you eat these straight from the oven. They must be piping hot so you can fully enjoy them, and the melted cheese, of course. 🙂 You can always preheat them but it’s not the same taste.

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Broccoli & Chia Seeds Muffins

Happy Wednesday guys! Do you like broccoli? I know some of you might find these veggies not so tasty, like my kids do, but believe me this recipe will prove you wrong.

I’ve always preferred making savoury than sweet muffins, and I love trying adding veggies. My Spinach & Feta Cheese Cornmeal Muffins with Mustard Seeds are one of my favourite but it was about time to try a new recipe.

So I made these  savoury muffins last week and they were complete success. Topped with some feta cheese, these yummy cups are very appetizing and simply delicious. How could you not add cheese, right?

The recipe requires only a few  basic ingredients which I’m sure you can find in your kitchen cupboard. Well, apart from the broccoli, obviously. 🙂

What’s more I used what was left of my chia seeds pack and it really worked well. Not to mention how good are chia seeds to you, apparently they’ve got numerous benefits. May be I should start incorporating them in my recipes more often then? 🙂 The truth is, I’ve only tried a few recipes with chia seeds, I mean actually cooking with them. Otherwise I use them daily to top my salads, porridge, soups, lots of stuff really. I just like to add different seeds and nuts to my meals.

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How to make your kids to eat these green veggies? The trick is to hide the broccoli in the muffin! Just joking! 🙂 But, actually this is what I did – I put a piece of broccoli inside the muffin and just baked them in the oven. It couldn’t be simpler than this. Seriously, though, if you’ve got a tip how to make your kids to eat green veggies, let me know. I could definitely use some!

If you’re not a feta cheese person, you could use simple cheddar or even Parmesan. Mozzarella works too, so really, just use the cheese you love and you think would like with the muffins.

Here’s what you need for these pretty no fuss broccoli muffins.

Ingredients:

  • 250g plain flour
  • 3eggs
  • about 12 small broccoli pieces (I made 12 muffins)
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 100g butter, melted
  • 200g feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2tbsp chia seeds
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp salt

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Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. In a bowl, combine the flour, salt, chia seeds and baking powder. Gradually add the eggs, yogurt and butter. Mix well.
  3. Grease a muffin tray and pour halfway in from the mixture. Add the broccoli and cover with the mixture. Crumble some feta cheese on top.
  4. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes or until ready.

Enjoy!

Tip: Why not try adding some cheddar and Parmesan cheese for a cheesier version of these muffins? I like the sound of three cheese and chia seeds broccoli muffins! 🙂

Quail Egg Eggplant Pizzas

Happy Eggplant Friday guys!

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It’s been a week since my last post but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been working.

I’ve got some really interesting and delicious recipes coming up so stay tuned.

Also, as you might notice, my website’s been to a major transition and I do hope you like this new image. Well, there’s still quite a lot of work to be done, but step by step, right?

Did I say Eggplant Friday 🙂 As you already see this is to do with the recipe I’m sharing with you today. I might be a bit obsessed with these Mini Pizzas 🙂

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So let’s focus on the recipe of the day – Eggplant or Aubergine, if you prefer Mini Pizzas. I topped them up with sun-dried tomatoes, which I love, Parmesan cheese and then a quail egg on top.

To be honest, I wasn’t really planning to use quail eggs but they were kind of sitting in front of me and asking to be used 🙂 And not only they are healthier than regular eggs but they’ve got in times more nutrients than chicken eggs. So these Eggplant Pizzas are kind of like Super Food Pizzas 🙂

The whole recipe was like one of those ‘clean my fridge’ recipes but it turned out soooo good, everybody loved it. And I used only one eggplant which was not enough at all.

Not only these Mini Eggplant Pizzas are super tasty, but they are also very pretty. I think they would be ideal for  party canapes when you’d really like to impress your guests. In addition, they are gluten-free, so if you love pizza, but for some reason cannot have gluten, try these! You will absolutely love them!

Here’s what you need for these beautiful bites.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 eggplant, thinly sliced
  • 200g sun-dried tomatoes
  • 100g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • about 10 quail eggs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • olive oil

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Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Grease a baking tray and arrange the eggplant slices. Drizzle some olive and season with salt and pepper. Cook in the oven for about 15 minutes.
  2. Remove from the oven and start topping them up. Start with the sun-dried tomatoes, add one or two, depending how big are your eggplant slices. Add the grated Parmesan cheese and then finish with a quail egg on top.
  3. Place back in the oven and cook for about 10 minutes or until ready. If wished, sprinkle some thyme.

Enjoy!

Tip: Why not use the olive oil from the sun-dried tomatoes’ jar. Thus, you won’t waste anything and will add extra tomato flavour to your Mini Pizzas!

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If you, like me love eggplants, why not check these recipes out, I promise thy are more than delicious:

Stuffed Eggplants with Beef & Cheese

Stuffed Grilled Eggplants with Grilled Chicken, Roasted Peppers & Dill Salad

 

Roasted Pumpkin Hummus

Happy end of the week guys! And happy Pumpkin season!

Hope you all gonna have a great weekend with interesting things to do and lots of time to rewind and get ready for the next busy week! At least, this is what I’m planning to do.

It’s funny how you wait impatiently for Friday to come and then a few moments later you realize it’s already Monday and you need to go back to your work 🙂 Not fair, someone should extend the weekend one more day at least or even two! That would be something.

And Halloween is just in 10 days! Did you get your costumes yet. I still have to figure it out what would be my Halloween accessory as my daughter insist I need to be a witch when accompanying her to a Halloween party. And then you need start planning and organising Christmas. How crazy is that, time is literally flying. But I do love this time of the year and then Christmas is definitely my favourite time of the year so I’m looking forward to it!

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The recipe of the day is a Pumpkin Hummus which I’ve never tried before(how could I miss that)but now it seems I even prefer it to the regular hummus. I love combining sweet and sour ingredients and this recipe is exactly that – the pumpkin(or squash will do the same) is sweet but it really combines well with the tahini, lemon and garlic. By the way, make sure you roast the garlic (I did mine with the pumpkin). Otherwise it might be a bit harsh. I mean, I do like garlic, but seriously, it tastes much better when it’s roasted, in this particular recipe at least.

It is a really unusual taste this hummus, but in a good way. It’s sweet but you can definitely taste the nuttiness of the tahini and the roasted garlic, of course. It’s surprising something that simple could taste that good.

The consistency is very rich so if wished add some water. And if you really like olive oil, be more generous, hummus loves olive oil 🙂 Also, to make it a bit crunchy, try adding some pumpkin seeds on top, sunflower work too or even some chia seeds. Make it as seedy as you’d like 🙂 Thus, it’ll not only taste divine, but it’ll be packed with healthy ingredients that will boost your energy.

Here’s what you need for this yummy dip.

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Ingredients:

  • 300g pumpkin or squash, roasted
  • 2 garlic cloves, roasted (with the pumpkin)
  • 100g tahini paste
  • 100ml olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon, juice only
  • salt to taste

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Preparation:

  1. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients and blitz to a smooth mixture.
  2. If wished add more or less olive oil and if the mixture is too thick, add some water.
  3. Spread it on a wholemeal toast or dip it with some crackers.

Enjoy!

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Tip: This is not only a delicious hummus but you could also use it as a spread or even whip it in your pasta next time for a tasty Pumpkin Pasta!

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Sausage & Feta Breakfast Cups

Happy Sunday all! If you still have not decided what to have for your breakfast you need to check this recipe out – Sausage, Eggs, Feta Cheese and Fresh Parsley all combined in one bite in these simple Breakfast Cups!

Plus today’s weather is perfect for a stay-in-bed breakfast, lunch and even dinner! Or if you simply would like to make your loved ones happy, this is the way(at least for our family). Kids absolutely love these and even ate  the ‘green stuff’ (parsley). Now I’m starting to realise that as long as it’s not on its own, spinach/parsley is ok. I mean, when making green muffins or these breakfast cups, there’s no problem eating it. If I offer it as a side, forget it. Feeding kids can be tricky but we need to find a way to feed them the right suff:-) If our family meals are left to my daughter to choose, the menu would be, chocolate, chocolate, chicken nuggets, chocolate and then chips. But on the good side, she loves fruit and veggies. And I’m sure every kid has a stage they like or dislike certain things.

Anyway, back on the recipe…

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I love making these small cups/bites because, first there’s no frying involved(I use a muffin tray) and then they just look so cool and appetizing(and they’re really tasty) and of course, the whole process is very simple. Dump everything in a bowl, pour into the muffin tray and leave the rest to the oven. Easy as that! And you can do all that while having your cuppa and watching your favourite Sunday show in bed. That sounds like a Sunday I’d like but the truth is this does not happen very often:-) Life with kids is busy, heh! I’m gonna have to wait till they’re grown ups and maybe one day they’ll make this recipe for me and serve it in my bed:-) That would be super cool! But the thing is I love cooking and making my family happy so I don’t mind, I even like it. Seriously, I’ve tried staying in bed and just doing nothing, but I guess I’m so used to the busy everyday life that I could not do it. I need to be in action, constantly:-) But that’s what busy mums do, I suppose. Who said it’s not a full-time job?

 

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Really, there’s no excuse not to make these yummy cups.

Here’s what you need for them.

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Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs
  • 150g Feta cheese
  • 2-3 sausages, cooked(just choose the ones you like)
  • a bunch of fresh parsley, chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • butter for greasing

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Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients.
  3. Grease a muffin tray with some butter.
  4. Pour the mixture into the muffin tray and cook in the oven for about 20 minutes or until ready.
  5. Make your cuppa ready, go back to bed, put your fav TV show on and Enjoy:-)

Tip: If you prefer a vegetarian option, simply skip the sausage!

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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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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!