Quinoa, Spinach and Sunflower Seed Patties

Yes, I did it again…

Quinoa…… Hmmmmm ….and I cannot apologise ūüôā¬†….Why? ¬†beee…cause it is an awesome healthy seed !!!! and it needs to be enjoyed in every possible way known to mankind !!!

I have this thing for spinach, I swear….Barely a meal goes by without some form of spinach. Anyway, in this batch I used a combination of Swiss Chard and Baby Spinach. These can seriously be used with any kind of spinach – trust me, I have done it all, and all were scrumptious. When growing up, my mom was also big on spinach for meals, we were told as kids, ….eat spinach and you will be as strong as pop-eye! ¬†I guess, something has always stuck, and that is why spinach is constant with me. ¬†I mean, all that goodness…..

Quinoa and Spinach Patties

Preparation time:  10 minutes

Cooking time:  15 minutes

Total time:  25 minutes

Makes 9

Ingredients:

2 cups cooked quinoa

1 cup toasted sunflower seeds

1 bunch of spring onions, chopped

1/2 white onion, finely chopped

3 teaspoons dried parsley

1/2 cup packed chopped fresh basil

3 garlic cloves chopped finely

3 cups chopped spinach (use any spinach you like or a mixture)

3 free-range eggs

2 Tablespoons of fresh lemon Juice

1/3 cup Gluten-Free Flour or flour of your choice

Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions:

Bomb everything together in a large bowl, mix thoroughly with a metal tablespoon.

I like to allow my mixture to sit in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes, just to bring all those flavours together, then I make them into patties, using a tablespoon.

You can either bake these in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius /350 degrees Fahrenheit until golden (approximately 10 minutes on either side) or lightly fry these with a little oil in a pan.  Either way is great.

If using a fan oven, be careful not to ‘over’ bake them, as I did once, they ended up being a bit dry, but still edible – thanks to the fan oven, that does an amazing job, cooking equally inside and out ūüôā (did you notice the slight sarcasm there?)

Serve with a fresh salad or roasted vegetables (which is my favourite).

Enjoy ūüôā

 

 

 

 

Vegetable Omelette

Omelette’s for dinner?….Yes please ūüôā ¬†This is not your usual omelette though filled with loads of yummy cheese, bacon and so forth…these are a healthier version filled with loads of yummy colourful vegetables !!!! Okay, so the hubby wanted some cheese on his veggies, before he had even tasted the omelette, but I think it was more of….in his mind…..Ummm you can’t have an omelette without cheese, sort of thing. ¬†But, you can! ¬†I did !!! And, in his defense the omelette was not doused in cheese, so …. he still got to taste the actual veggies and not only the cheese. Anyway, ¬†these are super delicious and literally could not be easier. ¬†Bomb a couple of trays¬†with a variety of veggies in the oven, roast, and load up the omelette. ¬†I do love this combo of veggies, but knock yourself out and do any roasted veg, it can only taste great! Oh, and don’t be fooled by my spiralized veggies in the pics, chunky veggies work equally as well. ¬†I just love big fat puffy omelettes and with the chunky veggies, my pic’s looked like a massive hot mess, so spiralizing, made my pic’s a bit more sane looking ūüôā But hey, I am all for trashed up chunky veggies and puffy, fluffy omelettes, so long as they taste good ūüôā

Oh, and before I forget…this really works well with left-over roasted veggies, or do what I do, roast extra on purpose for a veggie omelette the next day….It is the perfect time saver. ¬†Or, you could call it…lazy, whatever, I totally own it.

Vegetable Omelette

Preparation time:  10 minutes*  (including veggie prep)

Cooking time:  20 minutes*  (including roasting of the veggies)

Total time:  30 minutes

Serves 1 or 2 depending on how hungry you are!

Ingredients:

For the Omelette

4 eggs, separated (I used extra-large free-range eggs)

1 Tablespoon of milk or water

For the Vegetables:

butternut, marrow (zucchini/courgette), carrot, tomatoes and red peppers

salt and pepper

Olive Oil for sprinkling

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius / 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Peel and chop the vegetables as you want.  Place the veggies on a couple of baking trays. Season and sprinkle over a little olive oil.

Put the trays in a preheated oven and roast for 10 minutes, then stir around so and roast for a further 10 minutes or until cooked to your liking. Once done, keep the vegetables warm.

In the meanwhile, beat up the egg whites until stiff and soft peaks form.

In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks and the milk until well combined.

Then beat the egg yolks into the egg whites with an electric beater, until just combined.

In a large skillet, heat up a bit of butter or oil to cover the bottom of the skillet. Then pour your egg mixture into the skillet and let it cook for a minute or two. Remove from the stove top and place in the heated oven for about 6/7 minutes. (if your skillet handle retains heat, place aluminium foil around the handle) You will notice how the heat puffs up the egg.  Remove the skillet from the oven, and let it sit in the skillet for a few seconds before removing it and placing it on a large plate.

Fill half the omelette with the heated roasted veggies.  Fold the other half of the omelette over.

Serve with extra roasted tomatoes if you want.

Enjoy ūüôā

 

 

Brinjal (Aubergine/Eggplant) Walnut Pesto and Butternut Spaghetti with Roasted Tomatoes

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Spiralized Butternut Spaghetti……finally !!!!¬† Do you know how long I have wanted to do a Butternut Spaghetti meal? Well, let’s just say…a l-o-n-g time ! and, you are going to love this one….

Firstly, it is incredibly¬†easy. ¬†Secondly, it is extremely¬†tasty, and…Thirdly, you just need to make this.

This pesto, is my everything right now. I mean,who would have thought that a brinjal (sorry I am using the name I use for it here in this country) pesto would be so incredible awesome?….. Me ! ¬†because I love nuts and anything with nuts IS awesome !!! By the way, if you don’t have walnuts, I am sure any nut will be equally as great…it is just that I had ….Ummmmm…a fair amount of walnuts, so walnuts have been going into EVERYTHING ūüôā

So, here goes.

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Brinjal (Aubergine/Eggplant) Walnut Pesto and Butternut Spaghetti with Roasted Tomatoes

Preparation time:  15 minutes

Cooking time:  25 Р30 minutes

Total time:  40 Р45 minutes

Serves 4

Ingredients:

For the pesto:  

1 medium-sized (approximately 400 grams) brinjal (Aubergine/Eggplant)

6 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 teaspoons white vinegar or white wine vinegar

1/2 – 1 cup of dry toasted walnuts, chopped

1/4 cup packed basil leaves, chopped

1 – 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped (depending on size)

salt and pepper to taste

Makes  just over one  cup of Pesto 

approximately 800 – 900 grams uncooked spiralized butternut spaghetti (for the best results, please use the largest, thickest blade you have on your spiralizer).

approximately 350 grams tomatoes of your choice (I used exotic tomatoes and cherry tomatoes, cut in half).

Instructions:

Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius / 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

To make the Pesto:  Cut the brinjal in half, lightly drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Put the brinjal in the heated oven and roast for about 25/30 minutes or until done. Then remove from the oven.  Scoop out the insides and discard the skin. Allow to cool. Place the cooled flesh of the brinjal into a food processor and add all the other ingredients.  Process until the consistency you like and taste and add more salt or pepper if necessary. If you find that you would like a thinner consistency, by all means add another tablespoon or two of olive oil .

In the meantime, place the spiralized butternut onto a couple of baking sheets. You may want to just get a knife and cut the spiralized butternut pieces a little shorter (mine were massively long) so it’s more edible. Drizzle with a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Mine took about 8 minutes till it was firm but done. (Try not cook the butternut until it is too soft, as it will just mash up and break when tossing through the pesto.) When done, set aside and keep warm.

Whilst the butternut spaghetti is in the oven roasting, dry toast the walnuts, and roast your tomatoes.

To dry toast the walnuts:  This you do by just adding the dry walnuts to a small frying pan and frequently toss with a wooden spoon.  You do not add any oil to these, as nuts have their own natural oils. Continue to toast until slightly fragrant, and then remove from the stove and set aside.

To roast the tomatoes:  Place the tomatoes (cut side down if you cut them in half) on a baking sheet, drizzle the tomatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place in the pre-heated oven and allow to roast till the tomatoes pop oven and look a bit wrinkled.

Once everything is done, serve hot.  Add more cherry tomatoes and fresh basil leaves for garnish.

Enjoy ūüôā

NB*  For the pesto: If you do not have a food processor and will be using a blender, you may want to use a pestle and mortar and break the nuts up more.

Also, quantities do not have to be the same and can vary. (That is what I like about pesto’s, you can make it your own)

 

Easy Baked Vegetable Quinoa with Cheesy Topping

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Okay, I have loaded up quinoa with loads of veggies and I am not apologizing. So, to veggie lovers out there, today is your day. ¬†I have for you, a mound of deliciousness all in one bowl !!! This is awesome, and,yes, this is pretty much a one pot meal sort of. ¬†It is¬†easy and a matter of, throw together, bake and devour. ¬†I need these kinds of meals in my life now and then. ¬†I mean there is nothing better than this. Since I have been making this quinoa meal, it kind of changes each time, with what I would put into it. Then I decided to perhaps put some order into it, especially if I wanted to share it with all you guys, because it was always soooooo divine, and healthy and tasty and all those good things….so order it now has, and I actually have now stuck to this recipe on several occasions. ¬†Don’t get me wrong, if you try it and want to spruce it up a bit, go for it, add whatever, I am sure it will be great.

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Easy Baked Vegetable Quinoa with Cheesy Topping

Preparation:  10 minutes

Cooking time:  20 Р30 minutes

Total time:  30 Р40 minutes

Serves 6-8

Ingredients:

1 cup uncooked quinoa

1 1/2 cups vegetable stock

a little oil to saute’ vegetables

1 cup chopped onion

1 cup chopped rainbow peppers (I used a mixture of red, green and yellow peppers)

2 cups corn on the cob

2 cups chopped marrow (zucchini, courgette)

2 cups chopped tomatoes

2 cups roughly chopped baby spinach

Topping:  Grated matured cheese/feta or any cheese of your choice (I used matured and feta)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celscius/350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Prepare the quinoa with veggie stock, and cook for 8-10 minutes only. Whilst the quinoa is cooking, saute the onions and peppers in a pan.  After a minute or two add the marrows and corn. Cook for a few minutes.  Do not over cook! By this time the quinoa would have soaked up the stock.  Set aside.

Once vegetables are done add them to the cooked quinoa.

Add the chopped tomatoes, and roughly chopped baby spinach. Stir around well so all the veggies are mixed through.

Place in an oven proof dish approximately 9 x 13 inches. Top with cheese of your choice.  I used a combination of feta and matured cheddar (because I could not decide which one to use). I made slight indentations into the quinoa and vegetables so that some of the cheese could filter through and mix in with the veggies.  Top with extra cheese.

Allow to bake for about 20/30 minutes until the cheese is nicely golden and grilled.

Enjoy ūüôā

Chickpea and Spinach Cakes

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Happy New Year ūüôā ¬†Yes, I know we are nearly half way into the month, I have been slack…there, I said it.

Well, whilst some of you have been all bundled up in scarves and boots, I have been sweltering in the sun.  It is not all bad though, I have a nice tan, and feel healthy!

And, on the plus side, I made these Chickpea and Spinach Cakes !!! I think these are my new fave cakes, super easy to make and literally a few ingredients. ¬†Warning: ¬†you may be seeing more chickpea experiments happening here on this blog….just saying!!!

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Chickpea and Spinach Cakes

Preparation time:  15 minutes

Cooking time:  30 minutes

Total time:  45 minutes

Makes about 9

Ingredients:

500 grams (approx 2 cups) cooked chickpeas

large handful of chopped spring onions

2 big handfuls of baby spinach, chopped

2 medium-sized carrots, grated

large handful of coriander, stems included, chopped

2 rounds feta cheese (approximately 200 grams)

2 eggs, jumbo-sized

salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Add all the above ingredients into a food processor and blitz.  I personally like a bit of a chunky texture.  Once done, make into fair-sized balls (I made mine into heaped tablespoon size) flatten slightly and place on a greased baking tray.  Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees Celsius / 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 Р35 minutes or until golden brown.

Enjoy ūüôā

 

Easy Vegetable Lasagna

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OMG !!! ¬†I haven’t made this lasagna in awhile, and I really love it. ¬†I was racking my brain for dinner ideas and then this old favourite came to mind, and that was it, mind set…this was happening !

Okay, I know the pics do not give this meal justice, stone me, sue me, do what you will, but just try this combination of vegetables made into a lasagna….almost to die for.

Even though this is super easy, you can even cheat with this to make it even easier if you want…the roasted butternut, roast extra the night before, the corn, cook or grill up extra the night before with your evening meal, or even with the creamy spinach. Hey, if you want to cut corners, go for it, no judgement here.

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Easy Vegetable Lasagna

Preparation time:  15 minutes

Cooking time:  40 minutes (roasting butternut) + 30 minutes (to cook the completed lasagna)

Total time:  1 hour 25 minutes

Serves 4 – 6

Ingredients:

9 – 12 lasagna sheets (I used Gluten-Free, but you can use which ever lasagna sheets you prefer)

1 medium-sized butternut (approximately 500 grams)

sprinkling of either fresh or dried thyme

1 – 2 sweet corn cobs

1 fresh bunch spinach (approximately 150 – 200 grams cut, and uncooked)

For the topping:

1 cup of grated cheddar or matured cheddar cheese for the top

and / or feta cheese

Cream Cheese Sauce:

100 grams salted butter

100 grams all-purpose flour (I used Gluten Free flour)

3 1/2 cups full cream milk, plus extra if thickens too much. (I used a lactose free milk)

salt and pepper to taste

a good sprinkling or two of nutmeg

230 grams tub of plain, smooth cream cheese

Instructions:

Peel and dice up the butternut, place in an oven proof dish with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. Sprinkle over some thyme.

Place in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius/350 degrees Fahrenheit  and allow to cook until done.

In the meanwhile, remove the main vein from the spinach.  Chop and slice the fresh spinach. Wash and drain.

Cook spinach your preferred way, either by steaming, or a quick microwave. Do not over cook, to a wilted stage.  Once done, remove and drain once again. (I usually place mine in a tea towel and pat dry to make sure all the water content is out as best as possible.)

Cook the corn, your preferred way. (I like mine to be cooked but still crunchy.)

Remember the lasagna is still going to get a cooking burst in the oven, so you don’t want to over cook your vegetables before they have even reached the oven.

Then, prepare the white sauce.  Add the butter to a medium sized pot and allow the butter to melt.  Then take the pot off the plate and add the flour, stir with a wooden spoon or spatula and mix well until the flour and butter collect together in a smooth ball stage.

Place the pot back onto the heat, and add one cup of milk, stir continuously until the sauce becomes smooth, it will be a little thick but that is fine.  Add another cup and continue to stir until a thick-ish consistency and then finally add the third cup and stir continuously once again.  At this point add the contents of the tub of cream cheese, stir in well.

Now stir in the cooked spinach.

Season to taste with salt, pepper and nutmeg.

At this point, if you are wanting a more refined spinach content, like I did, I suggest you use a stick blender, and blend till you are happy with the consistency of the spinach.

If the white sauce is going to stand a bit before assembling the layers, you will find that the sauce does thicken up quite a bit, I suggest then adding a bit more milk, just to get a thick-ish but workable consistency.

As always this is the fun part.  With an oven proof dish approximately  23 x 23 x 5 centimeters/ 9 x 9 x 2 inches  in size, spoon a couple spoons of the spinach sauce on the bottom of the dish, top with a layer of lasagna sheets, top with a couple spoons of the spinach sauce, then roasted butternut pieces and a handful or two of the sweet corn, top with a little spinach sauce and repeat this method ending in a spinach sauce layer (I also  managed to do three layers of lasagna in my dish)

Top with the grated cheese on the top and feta if using.

Place in a preheated oven for 20 – 30 minutes, until the grated cheese is bubbly, and the lasagna nicely cooked through.

Enjoy ūüôā

NB*  I also have used baby spinach for this, and in that case I do not cook it, instead I just chop and add it to the white sauce.

Mint Pesto Marrow (Zucchini, Courgette) Spaghetti with Herb Roasted Chickpeas and Feta

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I totally love this meal. ¬†I don’t even bother to have it hot, it is so good cold. ¬†I usually make extra and then have it the next day for lunch. ¬†I am confused whether that is genius or just downright lazy…whatever, it works for me. ¬†Just one thing with this, is the roasted herb chickpeas must be crunchy. ¬†I don’t know what it is with me, but I just love ‘the crunch’.

I seem to be making loads of mint pesto these days, the mint in my garden is going all kinds of crazy, thanks to the excessive rains we are having.  But it is all good.

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Mint Pesto Marrow (Zucchini/Courgette) Spaghetti with Herb Roasted Chickpeas and Feta

Preparation and total time: 20 minutes

Serves 3-4

Ingredients:

3 large marrows (zucchini/courgette) spiralized. (This is what I used but definitely will depend on the size of your marrows (zucchini/courgettes), so spiralize until you have enough for each serving)

roasted herb chickpeas (the amount totally depends on you, I love these, so I feel zero guilt and load them on my meal)

crumbled feta cheese

For the mint pesto

1 cup fresh mint leaves, packed

handful of fresh parsley leaves

2 handfuls of macadamia nuts, crushed

2 cloves of garlic

1 onion (medium-sized) chopped finely

zest of 1 lemon

juice of 1/2 lemon

2 Tablespoons of olive oil

Instructions:

For the Roasted Chickpeas:

Once chickpeas are cooked and drained, place the chickpeas on a baking tray. Sprinkle with a salt and pepper and a drizzling of olive oil.  I did mine for about 45 minutes on 180 degrees celsius. Whilst the chickpeas are in the oven, keep checking on them and give them a good toss and stir around, so they roast evenly.  Also, sneak in a taste periodically to check for the crispness you want.  Once they are done, remove the baking tray from the oven and generously add some dried origanum or any other herbs you prefer.

For the Pesto:  

Put all the pesto ingredients in a food processor or good blender and blend until it reaches the consistency that you like.

Add the pesto to the spiralized marrows (zucchini/courgette) and top with the roasted herb chickpeas and feta.

Enjoy ūüôā

NB*  I like this meal cold, and personally feel that the warmed version sort of loses the actual taste, but if you want you can warm it up by adding it to a pan and heating up and then take off the heat, and lastly add the chickpeas and feta.

Also, if you have extra pesto left over, place it in a sealed jar and keep in the refrigerator. This will keep for a few days.

 

 

 

Nutty Millet Stir Fry with Red Chilli Sauce

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Grains are my new best friends. ¬†I know, I know, it sounds crazy right? ¬†But, they are so awesome. ¬†Only problem is they don’t talk, so I can’t talk to them…I mean that would be ridiculous…Imagine talking to grains, I would need to then answer for them so the conversation is not so one-sided, and then I probably, if heard, would quickly be put in a straight jacket and taken…you know where. ¬†So lets just keep it simple, and just accept these wonderful grains as they are and not expect change :-).

So, to do a Stir Fry is pretty easy as we all know, but this one has toasted almonds in it which is quite cool. Also, instead of the usual rice, it has millet and a killer chilli sauce! Isn’t that cool? ¬†Not…whatever :-).¬†When I first did this meal I used quinoa…of course, haha, I am soooo predictable,¬†but then thought I best change it up a bit and give the other grains a chance in my kitchen :-). I have also done this same stir fry with my favourite roasted chickpeas, instead of the toasted almonds, and it is equally as delicious.¬†So…….anyway, just chop a load of veggies, quickly stir fry them and just before serving, mix in the cooked millet. Meal done. This, with the chilli sauce is dynamite :-). Oh, don’t think about cooking the millet with the actual stir fry, you will regret it, trust me…it just becomes ‘mush’.

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Nutty Millet Stir Fry with Red Chilli Sauce

Preparation: 10 minutes  (time will increase if Millet is uncooked and Almonds are not toasted)

Cooking time:  7 minutes

Total time:  17 minutes

Serves 4

Ingredients:

For the sauce:

2 1/2 Tablespoons of Red Chilli Soy Sauce

2 1/2 Tablespoons of honey

Zest and juice of one large lemon

For the Stir-Fry:

2/3 cups (100 grams / 3.5 ounces) sliced white onion

7/8 cups (155 grams  / 5.4 ounces) sliced yellow pepper

2 cups (200 grams / 7.1 ounces) sliced red/purple cabbage

4 cups (200 grams  / 7.1 ounces) chopped carrot

1 cup (150 grams  /5.3 ounces) snap peas, roughly chopped

a little olive oil for frying

200 grams (1 cup /7 ounces) cooked millet

100 grams (3/4 cup / 3.7 ounces) dry toasted almonds (plus more if you want)

Instructions:

For the sauce:  Mix the soy, honey and zest together in a small pot.  Add about half of the lemon juice and taste.  If you feel it needs a bit more of a tarty taste, then add the rest.  I generally end up using juice from a whole lemon. Set aside to be heated up just before serving.

On medium heat, add the oil in either a large frying pan or wok. Once heated add the carrots first and give them a head start for a couple seconds, (as they are the hardest raw vegetable) then add the onion, pepper, snap peas and lastly the red/purple cabbage. Stir continuously just for a few minutes until just lightly cooked, but still crunchy.

Add the cooked millet, stir around well and let it nestle around nicely among the veggies.¬†(Now this is the time to multi-task, while you are stirring around the millet, heat up the sauce ūüôā

Serve hot and add the dry toasted almonds separately.  I prefer to do this to extend the crunch factor.

Enjoy ūüôā

NB*  Please note, that I use a metric scale for all my measurements.

  • To dry toast the almonds: ¬†On medium heat, place a frying pan, add the almonds and stir continuously. ¬†Almonds toast quite quickly, so don’t leave them unattended, or they will burn.
  • To cook millet: ¬†Cook as per packet instructions.

 

 

 

Baby Marrow (Zucchini, Courgette) Patties

 

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Baby Marrow, Zucchini or Courgette, whatever you call them, just know that these are the bomb ! Personally, I find them super versatile, whether cooked or raw, they are delicious but not only that, they are nutritious. ¬†I found some yellow ones alongside the green ones in the shop the other day…you have no idea how excited I was….

Anyway, back to the important stuff……

I definitely seem to be on a Baby Marrow (Zucchini, Courgette) kick right now. It is although I am obsessed with them. ¬†Is that bad? ¬†I cannot tell you how many times I have made these patties, and I just do not tire from them. Okay, lets not talk about my obsession….Lets talk about how amazingly good these babies are…. And, they can easily be made even healthier by using Gluten – Free flour and Gluten – Free breadcrumbs !!! ¬†Yay !!!

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These are super easy to do. ¬†The most time-consuming part is preparing the Baby Marrows (Zucchini, Courgettes), but really it is not¬†that bad, and so totally worth it. Haha a slight contradiction there…but you know what I mean!¬†

Also, these little bundles of deliciousness can be either lightly fried, or my preferred way is to bake them. ¬†But, seriously, both ways are delicious ……

These babies… and a basic salad, and I am sorted ūüôā .

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Baby Marrow (Zucchini, Courgette) Patties

Preparation time:  20 minutes (excluding time for salt to do its magic and help extract water)

Cooking time:  approximately 1 hour

Total time:  1 hour 20 minutes

Makes 20

Ingredients:

1 kilogram grated Organic Baby Marrows (Zucchini, Courgettes) medium-sized

1/2 diced large onion

2 – 3 discs feta cheese, crumbled

1 cup grated cheddar cheese

Dried Origanum to taste

Dried Thyme to taste

Salt and Pepper to taste

4 heaped tablespoons flour *

2 cups bread crumbs *

2 free-range jumbo eggs

lemon wedges to serve and a green salad with avocado if possible

Instructions:

Firstly, grate the Baby Marrows (Zucchini, Courgettes), and place in a bowl with a good dose of salt and place in the refrigerator for an hour.  This helps release the water content within the Baby Marrows (Zucchini, Courgettes). Then pour any water off, and place the grated Baby Marrows (Zucchini, Courgettes) in the middle of a dish cloth/towel and basically bring the corners of the drying cloth together and twist, and squeeze.  Do this a few times. Remember the more water left in, the more soggy your patties will be.  This part is a bit time-consuming but it is necessary.

Then, add Baby Marrows (Zucchini, Courgettes) and all the other ingredients into a large bowl.

Stir with a metal tablespoon and combine.

Taste, and add more herbs and seasoning if necessary. (Don’t be afraid to taste, all the best chef’s taste ! )

With your hands and a metal tablespoon, make fair-sized balls and place on a lightly greased baking tray.  Flatten slightly.

To bake:  Preheat oven at 180 degrees Celsius/350 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake approximately 30 minutes either side.

or….fry with a little oil on top of the stove.

Enjoy ūüôā

  • ¬†You can use a Gluten – Free flour for these. ¬†It works equally as well
  • ¬†Gluten – Free breadcrumbs work brilliantly as well

 

 

Baby Marrow (Zucchini, Courgette) Pizza Base with Roasted Miso Chickpeas and Cheesy Cherry Tomato Topping

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So, what is not to love? ¬†Remember when the Baby Marrow Pizza Base was all the craze. ¬†I think the whole veggie base thing started with the cauliflower pizza base…low calories and such like, then the baby marrow one came in for the play…yet another success, and then….. it all kind of fizzled out ! ¬†Where did the fancy healthy veggie pizza bases go ??? Well, fizzled out or not, for me they are the ultimate best !!! ¬†So, they can be a little work, but really…lets not split hairs over a little bit of an arm workout….and it is healthy !

So, the squeezing out of the water content is crucial, otherwise ….. ūüė¶ soggy pizza … and that is not cool ! ¬†Otherwise you are good to go !

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Baby Marrow (Zucchini, Courgette) Pizza Base with Roasted Miso Chickpeas and Cheesy, Cherry Tomato Topping

Preparation time:  25 minutes (excluding draining of water content)

Cooking time:  1 hour

Total time:  1 hour and 25 minutes

Ingredients:

1 kilogram baby marrow (zucchini, courgette), grated

1 jumbo sized free-range egg

1/2  medium onion, finely chopped

1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup all-purpose flour or gluten-free flour*

salt and pepper

extra salt for grated baby marrows (zucchini, courgettes) to help release the water content from veggie

origanum and thyme (fresh or dried)

Instructions:

Once the baby marrow (zucchini, courgettes) have been grated (this takes about 10 minutes) sprinkle liberally with some fine salt, add to a colander which fits into a bowl with sufficient space underneath for the water to drip into and place in the refrigerator. This can even be done overnight or let it sit for minimum 45 minutes.  Once time is up, remove the colander from the bowl and tip the grated baby marrow (zucchini, courgettes) into the middle of a dish towel/cloth.  Bring the corners and sides up from the cloth and twist, so that the baby marrow (zucchini, courgettes) form a ball. Twist and squeeze over the kitchen sink.  Continue to do this, squeezing every last drop of water out from the baby marrow (zucchini, baby courgette).

I managed to squeeze out 425 millilitres of water content from mine, so you can see a fair amount of water is trapped within the veggie!

Once done, add the grated baby marrow (zucchini, courgettes) to a large bowl.

Then add the balance of the ingredients, and stir well so all the ingredients are combined well.

Season well to taste.

Add the mixture to a baking tray greased and lined with baking paper (I use Spray ‘n Cook) on the baking paper as well or use a silicone sheet.

Top the baking paper with the base mixture and flatten with your hands until you reach the thickness you want for your base.

Place baking tray into your preheated oven at 210 degrees Celsius (fan oven) for 15 minutes /220 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes. Then, reduce the oven temperature by 10 degrees and cook for a further 15 minutes. ¬†Once the one side is done, (and it must not be soft, but firm) take out the oven, and carefully flip over. ¬†This is delicate. ¬†I use a board to assist the actual turning over and then back onto the baking sheet. Please don’t try to turn with utensils, trust me the base will just break. ¬†Once turned over, cook for about 15 minutes on the other side. Cook until you are happy. ¬†I like a firm and crisp base, so depending on your oven times may differ slightly.

Remove from the oven and put the topping on.

Topping:

Pasta Sauce

a combination of mozzarella and feta cheese

cherry tomatoes

roasted miso seasoned chickpeas*

baby spinach

Place in the oven again till the cherry tomatoes pop and the cheese melts to your liking. Remove, and add loads of fresh basil leaves.

Enjoy ūüôā

  • If using Gluten-Free flour, you may need a more flour than mentioned.
  • For Miso Roasted Chickpeas: ¬†Roast in oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes (or until crisp) with salt, pepper and miso seasoning