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Fact: I really love jalapeño poppers. Another fact: I really don’t like deep frying food on my stove-top as it leaves oil splattered everywhere. So in the alternative, I decided to make these easy baked jalapeño poppers in my oven. It is a double bonus recipe as not only is it a lighter kilojoule version, but I am also left with a clean stove-top. The best part of these jalapeño poppers though is definitely the cheesy, crunchy spicy taste. I have to admit I have a bit of a jalapeño popper addiction lately. I could most likely even eat them for breakfast every single morning.Continue reading “Easy baked Jalapeno poppers”
This spicy Moroccan chickpea salad has all the elements that make a salad fabulous. It is filled with crunchy greens, sweet butternut, juicy tomatoes, spicy chickpeas, and a zingy honey mustard salad dressing. I got the inspiration for this salad from one of our chain coffee shops, Mugg and Bean, who serves a similar salad. It is my absolute favorite item on their menu and I order this every time I visit them. This is my version of their Spicy Moroccan chickpea salad, and it is mighty good!Continue reading “Spicy Moroccan chickpea salad”
Summer honey mustard trout with pineapple salsa.
Trout is such a delicious freshwater fish and makes such a lovely lunch or light dinner on a hot summer day. My hubby cooked this summer honey mustard trout over the coals, and I made a pineapple salsa to complement it along with some roasted sweet potatoes for Sunday lunch today.
Recently, we had the opportunity to fish at a beautiful dam at the Horseshoe Trout and About while being on holiday in Sabie, Mpumalanga. It is a beautiful way to spend your day in nature and we were fortunate enough to catch quite a few trouts. Horse Shoe Trout and About cleans and vacuum packs all your caught fish for a small fee. Better and fresher you won’t find.Continue reading “Summer honey mustard trout.”
Feeling a bit under the weather and want to boost your immunity? Want to help your skin with collagen production without having to buy an expensive cream? Then this Vitamin C booster smoothie is the perfect breakfast remedy for you.Continue reading “Vitamin C booster smoothie.”
This earthy Moroccan quinoa gem squash is full of spicy flavors and is a delicious light lunch or side dish that goes well with roast meat.Jump to Recipe
So it is Monday again. It is thát day again. We start work again after the weekend, feel a little blue and have a Meat-free day. So I compiled a little recipe for you that will brighten up your Monday-blues: Fragrant Moroccan quinoa gem squash. These little rounds of yellow, sunshine are filled with healthy, fluffy, quinoa, crunchy nuts and creamy feta cheese. The lemon and orange adds just the right amount of sweetness and zest. They work perfectly as a light lunch or dinner when served with a fresh green salad and flatbread. They are also the perfect side dish to roast chicken or pork chops. Quinoa is not just gluten-free but also packed with proteïn.
I usually cook quinoa in my pressure cooker for 13 minutes to speed things up a bit. Hence this recipe is a quick and easy one. Thanks to the addition of quinoa, this is also a super healthy dish. Quinoa contains lots of protein as well as all 9 of the amino acids. Furthermore, it is a awesome source of calcium, manganese, and magnesium. Quinoa is, therefore, a great vegetarian option. When you roast the gem squash, turn them face-down on the baking sheet to ensure that they roast evenly. This also ensures that they caramelize on the edges giving them a sweet, nutty taste.
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Moroccan quinoa gem squash1
- Pressure cooker for preparing the quinoa
- 3 gem squashes halved
- 30 ml garlic-flavored olive oil
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 cups water
- 2 large pinches salt
- 1 orange's zest and juice
- 1 lemon's zest and juice
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 2 tbsp fresh mint chopped
- 30 g wall-nuts
- 1 wheel feta cheese
- Preheat the oven to 200° C
- Season the gem squash with salt, drizzle the garlic-flavored olive oil over it and place face down on a baking sheet. When the oven is ready, insert into the oven and roast for 20 minutes
- Add the quinoa, water, and salt to the pressure cooker and cook on high for 20 min. When done release the pressure and open the lid. Let the quinoa cool down slightly.
- Add the remainder of the ingredients excluding the feta cheese to the quinoa and mix well.
- Add the feta and mint and mix gently
- Heat a frying pan and toast the nuts till they become slightly darker and release a nutty fragrance. Coarsely chop the toasted nuts and mix into the quinoa filling.
- Spoon the quinoa into the gem squash and fill it to the top. Garnish with extra feta cheese and mint.