Hearty Taco Soup

Happy Monday guys! Today’s recipe is Hearty Taco Soup – so simple to make, delicious and heart-warming – just perfect for this kind of weather we’ve got at the moment.

Hearty Taco Soup

It was actually snowing here yesterday and you can’t imagine how excited we all were. It’s been a good few years since the last time it snowed properly so that was quite a festive day we had.Β πŸ˜€Β Well, the snow managed to stay for a few hours only but still better than nothing. And today we’re back to normal – it’s been raining all day, the lights in the house are on since morning (sometimes I wonder whether it’s afternoon or evening). If only it could snow at Christmas and New Year’s Eve!Β πŸ™‚Β Let’s get back to the recipe now..

Hearty Taco Soup

I used beef and pork mince, corn, cheese, sour cream, tomato sauce and some spices. I’d definitely have used some beans too but I didn’t have any at the house. So if you could use any, I’d say go for some pinto beans. The taco soup was cooked in my favorite cast iron casserole. Did I guys tell you about it? I’m pretty sure I did, but honestly, I simply love it.Β πŸ˜†Β I served it with tortilla chips, sour cream, shredded cheese and some hot jalapeno peppers. I actually had lots of tortilla chips with it as I dipped them in the soup. It was soo yummy! Make sure to serve it hot and if you opt in for the spicy stuff you’ll definitely warm up if not sweating.Β πŸ™ˆ

Hearty Taco Soup

Here’s how to make the Hearty Taco Soup

Hearty Taco Soup

Hearty Taco Soup

Ingredients

  • 400g beef & pork mince
  • 400ml passata
  • 200g tinned corn
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1tsp cumin
  • 1tbsp paprika
  • 1tbsp taco seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Monterey Jack cheese, shredded, for serving
  • 2-3 sliced jalapenos, for serving
  • tortilla chips for serving
  • sour cream for serving
  • 1tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Heat a casserole with the olive oil and sweat the onions and garlic for five minutes. Add the beef & pork mince, season it with the spices and mix well. Add a cup of water and the passata. Stir in the corn too.
  2. Leave on the hob for about half an hour.
  3. Remove and serve with some tortilla chips, chopped jalapenos, sour cream and shredded cheese.
  4. Enjoy!
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Hearty Taco Soup

I hope you guys love this delicious soup recipe as much as we did. Stay tuned for more yummy recipes coming very soon. Meanwhile, stay dry and warm and treat yourself with some tasty homemade food.Β πŸ˜‹

Hearty Taco Soup

MM: Grilled Vegetables & Halloumi Bulgur Salad

Happy MondayΒ guys! The recipe of the day is Grilled Vegetables & Halloumi Bulgur Salad – packed with crunchy veggies, grilled Halloumi and bulgur wheat, this salad is not only super delicious but very nutritious and healthy!

MM: Grilled Vegetables & Halloumi Bulgur Salad

And because it’s Meatless Monday, it’s a great meat free option to have today.

It seems I haven’t posted a MM recipe for a long time! So it was about time! The truth is I post whenever I can. I know I should probably make a schedule and stick to it but it’s really difficult and my plan almost never works.

For example, I had quite interesting recipes to test, photos to edit and of course blog posts to share. And of course, lots of other stuff to do. πŸ™‚ What happened? Well, chickenpox happened. πŸ™‚ Not me, but my daughter got it so we stayed at home for the whole week. And I had to make sure to entertain her and the little one too. I barely had time to cook. But this is over now, so we are back to our normal schedule – nursery, playgroups with the baby and Β the only time I’ve got is when they nap. So the longer the nap, the better the work I manage to do. Hopefully I’ll be able to upload a few yummy recipes this week! Fingers crossed! πŸ™‚

MM: Grilled Vegetables & Halloumi Bulgur Salad

Anyway, I think you get the point, back to this gorgeous Grilled Vegetables & Halloumi Bulgur Salad…

It’s one of the simplest recipes to make and yet it’s so delicious and very filling. Bulgur in general is quite filling so if you need a meal to keep you up for longer this is the one. There are tinned veggies you can use, if it’s more convenient for you, but the freshly grilled veggies would taste better.

I also added a generous serving of hummus which I had in the fridge for a couple of days. It worked really well with the veggies and even the bulgur. πŸ™‚ It also probably doubled the calories! πŸ™‚

And I used Chilli Halloumi which is so tasty! Now that I found it in my local shop I always get in my weekly shopping and add it to salads, bbqs, sandwiches. It is quite spicy, so if you’re not hot food lover go with the normal Halloumi.

MM: Grilled Vegetables & Halloumi Bulgur Salad

Here’s how to make this salad.

MM: Grilled Vegetables & Halloumi Bulgur Salad

MM: Grilled Vegetables & Halloumi Bulgur Salad

Ingredients

  • 300g bulgur wheat, cooked
  • 1 eggplant, grilled and sliced
  • 1 zucchini, grilled and sliced
  • 10 sun-dried tomatoes
  • 150g Halloumi, grilled and sliced
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 1tbsp lemon juice
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine the bulgur with the vegetables.
  2. Add the olive oil and lemon juice, season with salt. Mix well.
  3. Arrange the grilled Halloumi cheese pieces on top and serve.
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MM: Grilled Vegetables & Halloumi Bulgur Salad

I hope you enjoy this recipes, stay tuned for more quick, easy and tasty recipes coming soon..

Cauliflower, Broccoli & Cheese Bites

Happy Thursday! Recipe of the day is Cauliflower, Broccoli & Cheese Bites – simple, tasty and loaded with cheese, well with veggies too! πŸ™‚

Cauliflower, Broccoli & Cheese

Is it Spring yet? The weather today was amazing and we actually got lots of sunshine. Hopefully this doesn’t change in the next few days. We really need the sun to come out more often and the temperatures to rise. πŸ™‚ I’ve had enough of the cold and gloomy weather, colds and runny noses. Plus, it’s time to start making some fresh and tasty Spring recipes with lots of yummy veggies and fruit.

And I know, once Spring is here, many of us start planning the Summer – holidays, get in shape programs and whatnot. It’s just so exciting! The holiday part, I mean. Meanwhile, we’re gonna have to wait patiently and hope for more sunny days!

Cauliflower, Broccoli & Cheese Bites

And now back to the recipe again…I was about to make Cauliflower and Cheese with Broccoli but then I thought I might make something a bit different this time and mix thing up a little bit. This is what happened. These bites are actually even easier to make and take a few minutes. All you need is a blender and then the rest is left to the oven. Apart from the cauliflower and broccoli, I used single cream, eggs and a generous amount of cheese. There is no flour so these bites are tasty gluten-free option too and are not that high in calories. Well, they’re pretty healthy(probably with a bit less cheese though). πŸ™‚

They’re actually quite like a breakfast bites with all the cheese and eggs. πŸ™‚ Also, they’re perfect for snacking all day long. πŸ™‚ And the colour they turned is quite pretty, isn’t it. It’s so bright and fresh!

Cauliflower, Broccoli & Cheese Bites

The kids enjoyed them too. They were really attracted to the muffin-sized bites and actually had a few of them. So that was a success! πŸ™‚

They usually eat broccoli but are not fans of cauliflower. Well, I don’t think they realised there’s cauliflower but that was not necessary at all, was it. πŸ™‚

It’s amazing how many things you can actually prepare in a muffin tray. It seems muffin trays are not what they used to be anymore. πŸ™‚ I’ve made different breakfast bites and I simply loved them. I have to admit it, cooking nowadays has become really inventive.

Cauliflower, Broccoli & Cheese Bites

Here’s how to make these Cauliflower, Broccoli & Cheese Bites.

Cauliflower, Broccoli & Cheese Bites
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Ingredients
  • 200g broccoli
  • 150g cauliflower
  • 200g Cheddar cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 200ml single cream
  • 1tbsp butter
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200Β°C.
  2. Combine all the ingredients and work them in a blender till a smooth consistency. Season with salt and pepper and mix well.
  3. Grease a muffin tray and empty the mixture.
  4. Place in the oven and cook for about 20 minutes or until ready.

 

Cauliflower, Broccoli & Cheese Bites

Tip: For a meaty and more filling version, try adding some chopped bacon into the mixture!Β 

I hope you enjoy this recipe! Stay tuned for more quick, easy and tasty recipes. And hopefully kids-friendly too! πŸ™‚