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. 🙂 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. 🙂 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 200°C.
  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. 🙂

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

Turkey & Spinach Enchiladas

Happy Tuesday all! Today’s recipes – Turkey & Spinach Enchiladas – quick, easy, comforting and very cheesy!

Turkey & Spinach Enchiladas

I’ve made a whole tray with these succulent wraps (probably about 10) and they were all gone in less than an hour after I served them! 🙂 Can you imagine? We must’ve been really hungry. But these enchiladas were seriously delicious!

I remember thinking to myself, “OK now, I’ll make more so may be we could use some for tomorrow’s lunch”. Yeah, right, didn’t happen that way but they sure were much appreciated by everyone. 🙂

Turkey & Spinach Enchiladas

They’re quite budget friendly too. All you need is a bit of ground turkey, fresh spinach & cheese. You can add some tomato sauce, if wished. To tell you a secret, I used ketchup. 🙂 I know, there much better ingredients to use for the enchiladas but this is what I had that was closest to tomato sauce. Well, it’s actually made of tomatoes. I honestly, don’t really fancy ketchup, it’s way too sweet for me, but it worked wonders on the enchiladas. 🙂 So feel free to use any ingredients you’d like. 🙂

I kind of had to hide the spinach in between the turkey and cheese (for the kids) but it worked well and they enjoyed the enchiladas with the hidden spinach. 🙂

Turkey & Spinach Enchiladas

For the cheese, I used grated Mozzarella & Cheddar. I would have loved it if I could add some jalapenos but the kids wouldn’t really fancy the enchiladas, would they. 🙂 So, as usual, I added a generous amount of my favourite hot sauce (half a bottle). 🙂

Of course, when making Mexican inspired dishes, there should be some coriander, so I sprinkled some coriander leaves on top. I served the with a sliced avocado and sour cream

I believe I could have these every other day, this is my type of comfort food. 🙂

Turkey & Spinach Enchiladas

Here’s how to make these Turkey & Spinach Enchiladas:

Turkey & Spinach Enchiladas
 
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Serves: 25
Ingredients
  • 8-10 wraps
  • 450g ground turkey
  • 100g fresh spinach
  • ½ onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1tbsp paprika
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 150g Mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 150g Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 3tbsp ketchup
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh coriander leaves
  • sour cream for serving
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. To prepare the turkey - heat a pan with the olive oil and sweat the onion and garlic for 5 minutes. Add the ground turkey, paprika and salt and pepper to taste. Cook for about 10 minutes or until ready. If necessary, add some water.
  3. Arrange the wraps - scoop from the ground turkey, add a handful of spinach and wrap it up. Repeat with the rest of the wraps,
  4. Place in a baking tray, spread the tomato sauce or ketchup (if you're using any) and then sprinkle the grated cheese.
  5. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes.
  6. Serve with some fresh coriander leaves, sour cream and sliced avocado.

To make them even more filling, you can add some pinto beans in the wraps, or even some lime & cilantro rice. It’ll become a burrito/enchilada but as long as it’s tasty, it doesn’t really matter.

Turkey & Spinach Enchiladas

Leftover Duck & Spinach Salad

Happy Sunday all! The recipe of the day is Leftover Duck & Spinach Salad – rich & filling, bursting with flavours!

Leftover Duck & Spinach Salad

This is one of the best leftover salads I’ve made. 🙂 I simply had to get rid of a few products in my fridge but turned out they were a great addition to this beautiful salad.

And because it’s Sunday I think we all deserve some rest  and a simple and easy recipe that doesn’t require lots of time and efforts. What better than a Leftover Duck & Spinach Salad.

Leftover Duck & Spinach Salad

I kind of love Sunday, as they’re quite relaxing, this is probably the only day of the week that I stay at home (most of the time). Well, I still have to do a bit of cooking and cleaning but that’s ok. I love cooking and as far as the cleaning is concerned, I aim to finish with it early in the morning so I can get the rest of the day off. 🙂 Yes, early in the morning because we’re usually up by 7.30 thanks to our beautiful daughter who is always so excited for the weekend. Seriously, during the week I can barely wake her up at 8 for nursery. 🙂 But it’s all good.

We usually have an early Sunday supper, a bath for the kids and then a movie night for mummy and daddy. 🙂 This is what we’re looking forward on Sundays. It may sound boring (I’m sure I’d thought that’s the most boring thing in the world before the kids) but this is what we love to do, peacefully and quietly! 🙂 Anyone with me? 🙂

Leftover Duck & Spinach Salad

Now, I know, not all of you may have any leftover duck at the moment. 🙂 You can simply save the recipe for later on, when you do, or get some cooked duck breast or other pieces you’d like (they sell it in most of the shops). Or even you can use leftovers from your Sunday roast, anything you’d like really. 🙂

Leftover Duck & Spinach Salad

This salad would make a lovely lunch too. Let’s say you use your Sunday Roast leftovers. Make this beautiful salad and toss it in a food container in the fridge. Use it as your Monday lunch – great and healthy start of the week. 🙂 Or even save it for your dinner. All up to you really. Just be aware, don’t keep it more than a day or two as the spinach  won’t be that fresh and even may go off.

Here’s what you need to make this delicious leftover salad.

Leftover Duck & Spinach Salad
 
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Ingredients
  • 150g duck, cooked and cut into thin strips or shredded
  • 150g fresh spinach
  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced
  • 10-15 black olives
  • 2-3tbsp pomegranate seesa
  • 2tbps pine nuts
  • 1tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 1tbsp mayo
  • 2tbsp lemon juice
  • salt
Instructions
  1. Simply arrange all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Add the seasoning and mix well.
  3. If wished, you could add a splash of olive oil too.
  4. Add the mayo and mustard on a side and serve!

Leftover Duck & Spinach Salad

I hope you guys have a lovely Sunday and stay tuned for my next recipe coming up next week! 🙂

Spinach Bites

Happy rainy Thursday all! The recipe of the day is tasty and cute – Spinach Bites! These are made with only a few ingredients but they’re a real crowd pleaser. I mean who wouldn’t love these – buttery puff pastry generously covered with spinach cream cheese. Don’t tell there’s spinach and I’m sure no one would notice. Seriously, even the kids liked these (I’m pretty sure they didn’t realize there’s quite a lot of spinach in them). 🙂

Spinach Bites

The Spinach Bites are great for snacking all day, they’re quite filling. I served them as an appetizer and everyone loved them. They’re amazing for entertaining your friends and guests too. For more canape ideas for you party check here:

Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Smoked Salmon Bites

Smoked Salmon Stuffed Avocados

Bacon Wrapped Baby Portobello Mushrooms stuffed with Blue Cheese

These are all very simple and quick to make and taste amazing. As a matter of fact, I absolutely love making a variety of appetizers as a dinner. 🙂 It’s kind of mix and match dinner. 🙂

And in these gloomy rainy weather, something green and tasty would make you feel better. 🙂 Seriously though, is it gonna snow in London? It seems we all have been waiting for the snow to come after warning for bad weather coming our way. At  least the kids will be happy. Anyway, stay warm, safe and hopefully there won’t be any disruptions.

Spinach Bites

Back to my recipe now..

So the only ingredients you’re gonna need are three – spinach, cream cheese and puff pastry. If you prefer and you’re good at it, you can make your own puff pastry. I used shop bought ready to roll pastry. It saved me lots of time and to be honest I use these quite often. It’s amazing – it’s a real-time saver and you don’t have to worry whether you’ll make the puff pastry actually puff. I’ve never made puff pastry before but I know it might be a bit tricky so I stayed on the safe side. 🙂 I used fresh spinach but frozen would work just fine. Simply make sure to defrost it before combining with the cream cheese.

And for meat lovers, some chopped crispy bacon inside the spinach cream cheese would taste divine. I shall try this next time I’m making these bites. Even some smoked fish would taste lovely. But enough already, there are many options and combinations, just choose the one you fancy and let’s get cooking. And eating. 🙂

Here’s what you need to make the cute little bites.

Spinach Bites
 
Ingredients
  • 200g puff pastry
  • 400g cream cheese
  • 200g spinach, cooked and pureed
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Unroll the pastry, use a kitchen ring and cut small circles from the pastry. Place them on a greased baking tray and cook in the oven for about 15 minutes or until golden.
  3. Meanwhile make the spinach cream cheese - in a bowl, simply combine them, season with salt and pepper to taste and blitz till a smooth green consistence.
  4. Use a piping bag to cover the puff pastry with the spinach cream cheese!
  5. Enjoy!

 

Spinach Bites

Spinach Pumpkin Cups

Happy Friday guys! The recipe of the day is here – Spinach Pumpkin Cups with cheese centre! And the weekend is coming too! Wow! Have you got any plans? Now that I’ve done my Christmas shopping, I can relax. I’ve got lots of cooking planned, hopefully will manage to do half of it. But, yes, lots of new festive and not so festive recipes coming so stay tuned. All of them will be simple, easy and super delicious, I promise. 🙂

I can’t believe I’m actually writing my third post this week! Woohooo, go me! 🙂 As I shared in my previous posts, that was what I was aiming for – three tasty recipes per week. It’s been two posts so far but slowly, I think I’ll be able to share three recipes. And, don’t get me wrong, I’ve got plenty of recipes, but the biggest problem is to find the time! Well, I suppose I need to be more organised, and I’ll always find time, or at least most of the time. 🙂

Spinach & Pumpkin Cups

This recipe is similar to my Spinach Cups recipe but there’s a yummy pumpkin layer. It’s basically two-layer muffin or cup. I don’t really know how I came up with the idea to combine pumpkin and spinach. I just had some spinach and leftover pumpkin so I had to make something up. Overall, these cups are quite sweet, because of the pumpkin. Not like dessert sweet. They’re savoury but they’ve got sweetness, if that makes sense at all. 🙂

You know how the spinach taste a bit bland, so to make these Spinach Pumpkin Cups more appetizing I added  a piece pf cheese between the layers. Oh, and pumpkin seeds to for a crunchiness. 🙂 These are delicious to have for breakfast, lunch and dinner, on their own or as a side. Or why not have them with a bit of butter. That might be a bit naughty but will definitely be super tasty. It’s the perfect Meatless Monday recipe. It seems, I’m posting meat free recipes on any day but not Monday. 🙂 Really have to change that.

Here’s what you need for these pretty Spinach Pumpkin Cups.

Ingredients:

  • 150g spinach, cooked and pureed
  • 100g pumpkin, cooked and mashed
  • 200g flour
  • 2tsp baking powder
  • 2eggs
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 50g butter
  • 1tsp salt
  • 100g pumpkin seeds
  • 100g mild Cheddar cheese

Spinach Pumpkin Cups

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. In a bowl, combine the spinach, half of the butter, 1 egg, half of the yogurt and 1 tsp baking powder. Mix well and add half of the pumpkin seeds.
  3. In a second bowl, combine the pumpkin and the rest of the ingredients apart from the cheese. Mix well.
  4. Grease a muffin tray and pour from the spinach mixture halfway. Add a chunk of the cheese and finish with the pumpkin mixture.
  5. Repeat with the rest of the mixture.
  6. Place in the oven and cook for about 30 minutes or until ready.

Enjoy!

Spinach Pumpkin Cups

Tip: These cups are delicious snack and perfect to have them on the go. They’re light and filling and look really pretty, don’t you think? 😉

Spinach Pumpkin Cups

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

Cheesy Chicken & Spinach Bites

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!

 

Cheesy Chicken & Spinach Bites

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 🙂

spaghetti squash

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.

spaghetti-squash

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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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!