Spinach Feta Pesto Tortellini Salad

29th August 2014

I was so going to start this post complaining about Monday’s upcoming move and how I dread to pack stuff. And yes, by “pack stuff” I mean “looking how mum packs my stuff while I give the orders”. Bless her.

Spinach Feta Pesto Tortellini Salad: healthy, easy to make and super flavorful!

But then I went to my archive and realised that all of my posts look pretty much like this:

a) OMG I hate school I haven’t slept for 3889 nights and I hate hate hate homework. And math. And biology. And chemistry. No NO NOT ANOTHER EXAM. UGH I hate school so much ugh ugh ugh I don’t have time to do anything ugh school sucks. UGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

b) OMG I LOVE THESE COOKIES SO MMUCH GUYS YOU HAVE TO MAKE THESE COOKIES BECAUSE THEY ARE THE BOMB. Yay cookies! COOKIES! I’ve eaten 49 cookies in a sitting omg I love cookies.

c) JON SNOW COME HERE AND MARRY ME. Ah guys, I love this man. AHHH BEARDS. SWORDS. MEN IN BEARDS WITH SWORDS. *dies* Jon Snow hehehehe.

Spinach Feta Pesto Tortellini Salad: healthy, easy to make and super flavorful!

Don’t try to deny it. That’s all I blog about and you know it. How you still come here and read my blog, I don’t know. Bless you all, I wish you have a life full of cookies, cake, spinach feta pesto tortellini salad and all the good things. Except for Jon Snow, because he is mine.

Again: remind me to delete this post once we start dating. I don’t want to come off as the overly excitable obsessive girlfriend. 

Spinach Feta Pesto Tortellini Salad: healthy, easy to make and super flavorful!

Back to the pesto tortellini salad. I  thought I’d try to write a different post today. You know, without all the caps, yelling and utterly obsessive comments. Which is going to be rather difficult because this salad is so good that all I want to do is write a 500 word essay on how delicious it tastes. All in caps.

We’re talking pasta, stuffed with a creamy spinach-ricotta filling and then covered in the most delicious feta-pistachio-spinach-basil pesto ever. If that description doesn’t make you want to write in caps for the next two days, I don’t know what will.

Spinach Feta Pesto Tortellini Salad: healthy, easy to make and super flavorful!

Bonus points for the fact that this is also super easy to make and quite healthy too. See? Caps are very much needed. I’m struggling to contain my excitement, I tell you.

I’m aware that this is a rather summery recipe and most of you must be craving all things pumpkin, cinnamon and warrrrrrrrrrrm BUT it’s barbecue season somewhere and these guys need a delicious pasta salad to go with their grilled dishes. And anyway, I’d be a monster if I waited until next year to share this with you.

p.s: to all my friends from the south-hemisphere, I’m so using you as my excuse next time I crave ice-cream in the next months. 

Spinach Feta Pesto Tortellini Salad: healthy, easy to make and super flavorful!

Which is going to be like all the time, because it’s not as if there was an oven in my new dorm room. *sobs* How I’m going to survive, I don’t know.

I guess I’ll have to drown my sorrows in this tortellini salad. I mean, it’s no bake, quick to make and it makes mean leftovers. Absolutely busy student approved – thumbs up!

Spinach Feta Pesto Tortellini Salad
Serves 6
Pasta stuffed with a creamy ricotta spinach filling and then covered in the most delicious pistachio feta basil spinach pesto. UM SO GOOD.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/8 cup shelled pistachios
  2. 2 cloves garlic
  3. 1/4 cup grated manchego cheese
  4. 1/4 cup crumbled feta
  5. 2 cups baby spinach, packed
  6. 1/3 cup basil, packed
  7. 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  8. 500 grams fresh spinach ricotta tortellini
Instructions
  1. Put all of the pesto ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Boil pasta according to package instructions.
  3. Cover the pasta in the pesto sauce and enjoy!
Notes
  1. This tastes even better a couple of days after.
  2. Parmesan can be used instead of manchego.
  3. You can use any kind of pasta you like!
honey & figs http://honeyandfigskitchen.com/
 

As I said, I’m moving away from home next Monday, so please send some good vibes. And by “good vibes” I mean “cookies”. And if any of you feels like kidnapping Jon Snow, send him as well. Thank you,

Happy Friday! May you all have a lovely, cookie-filled one!

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Cauliflower, Zucchini Fritter & Beet Chips Monster Burgers

26th August 2014

I think we’ve all discussed my rather obsessive personality, and we’ve talked about my love for these heavenly cauliflower nuggets.

Cauliflower, Zucchini Fritters & Beet Chips Monster Burgers: the best veggie burgers you'll ever try!

You guys do the math and you’ll see that the next thing to happen would be another post involving those cauliflower nuggets, now in pattie form… You know, because I didn’t want to be that obsessive. So burgers it is this time!

Cauliflower, Zucchini Fritters & Beet Chips Monster Burgers: the best veggie burgers you'll ever try!

Next time someone tells you how boring vegetarian food is, just throw one of these monsters at their faces. Some serious damage will happen, that’s for sure. We’re talking about one deadly big burger (like really HUGE) with layers and layers of awesomeness. Should it hit you, it will blow your mind off – literally.

Cauliflower, Zucchini Fritters & Beet Chips Monster Burgers: the best veggie burgers you'll ever try!

Cheesy cauliflower patties? Check!

Extra cheesy zucchini fritters? Double check!

Crispy spiced beet chips? Yes please!

Roasted vegetables? Absolutely!

Cauliflower, Zucchini Fritters & Beet Chips Monster Burgers: the best veggie burgers you'll ever try!

Extra cheese? Um, do we need to raise that very question? You bet that some extra gouda is going into these babies.

Babies in a figurative sense, I mean. These are the size of a small country.

Cauliflower, Zucchini Fritters & Beet Chips Monster Burgers: the best veggie burgers you'll ever try!

And when you thought that life just couldn’t get any more better, all that goodness gets sandwiched between a super fluffy bread bun <<< that’s the moment you’ll want to give up your job and lead a live devoted to monster burger eating.

Not that I’ve been thinking about it.

Cauliflower, Zucchini Fritters & Beet Chips Monster Burgers: the best veggie burgers you'll ever try!

 Truth to be told, I have. Like, in a “let’s start a new cauliflower zucchini fritter and beet chips monster burgers appreciation club” kind of way. We all could meet for tea while we eat our burgers and read books about these burgers singing ol’ country songs about them.

Cauliflower, Zucchini Fritters & Beet Chips Monster Burgers: the best veggie burgers you'll ever try!

Aaaaaaaand, we may or may not watch some Game of Thrones while we are at it. You know, hot men with beards, swords and veggie burgers? That’s the kind of plan which makes me dance with joy.

So you guys feel free to join my burger appreciation club if you wish. 

Cauliflower, Zucchini Fritters & Beet Chips Monster Burgers: the best veggie burgers you'll ever try!

ps: bring cookies. And tea. And a decent laptop in which we can watch all that GoT. Mine doesn’t work.

ps #2: don’t forget the cookies!

ps #3: danish butter cookies are my fave *wink wink*

Cauliflower, Zucchini Fritters & Beet Chips Monster Burgers: the best veggie burgers you'll ever try!

ps #4: I’m dead serious: if you don’t bring the cookies you aren’t joining the club.

 

Cauliflower, Zucchini Fritters and Beet Chips Monster Burgers
Yields 6
Layers and layers of deliciousness in a healthy burger the size of a small country. AAAAHMAZING.
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Cauliflower patties
  1. 1 kg head of cauliflower
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1/3 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  4. 1 + 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  5. 1 tsp. salt
  6. 50 grams aged cheddar, grated
  7. 50 grams shredded mozzarella
  8. extra breadcrumbs to roll the patties in
Zucchini fritters
  1. 2 small zucchinis (750gr)
  2. 2 eggs
  3. 120 grams (1 cup) white whole wheat flour
  4. 45 grams (1/2 cup) rolled oats
  5. 1 + 1/2 tsp. salt
  6. 1 + 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  7. 200 grams shredded mozzarella
Roasted vegetables
  1. 2 tomatoes
  2. 1 red pepper
  3. 1 onion
  4. salt, pepper and extra virgin olive oil
  5. A drizzle of dark sesame tahini.
  6. Beet chips
  7. 6 slices of gouda
  8. 6 burger buns
Cauliflower patties
  1. Steam the cauliflower until it can be mashed with a fork.
  2. Drain all the excess water.
  3. Mix cauliflower with the egg, cheese, breadcrumbs and seasonings and form dough into 6 patties.
  4. Fry in a drizzle of olive oil until crispy and golden.
Zucchini fritters
  1. Grate the zucchini and mix it with the egg, cheese, seasonings and flours.
  2. If mixture is too wet, add extra flour (this depends on the kind of zucchini you get and the size of the eggs you're using!). If it's too dry, a bit of extra cheese.
  3. Form into about 12 patties.
  4. Fry in a drizzle of oilve oil until golden.
Roasted vegetables
  1. Drizzle vegetables with salt, pepper and evoo and roast until slighty charred.
Beet chips
  1. Follow Jessica's instructions, please!
To layer
  1. Place some veggies, one cauliflower pattie, two zucchini fritters, some tahini and a slice of gouda in your bread bun.
  2. Place in the warm oven until gouda is melted and bread is golden.
  3. Enjoy!
honey & figs http://honeyandfigskitchen.com/
 

Hope you all guys are having a nice summer ending! Enjoy!

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Cauliflower Nuggets

23rd August 2014

Put your hands up in the air if you’re one of these people who cannot simply like stuff but instantly become obsessed with it.

See? I knew I wasn’t alone.

Cauliflower Nuggets: creamy on the inside, crispy on the outside and SO ADDICTIVE! Much healthier than most versions too!

Erm. You may lower your hands now. Next, close the tab. Just run away and don’t go around places with a strong wifi signal that allows you to check out these nuggets. Otherwise, chances are high that you’ll spend the next 16 days sitting in a dark corner, spending your fortune away on cauliflower heads AND mindlessly munching on cauliflower nuggets like it’s your job.

Not that I know something about that.

I’m warning you – leave now or you’ll have to spend the next few years doing one of these 12 step rehab program. I really hope they make one for cauliflower nugget addicts because oh boy, I’ve fallen so hard for these!

Cauliflower Nuggets: creamy on the inside, crispy on the outside and SO ADDICTIVE! Much healthier than most versions too!

These nuggets are that addictive. Crispy on the outside, a bit spicy (or super spicy if you wish – your chili flakes jar, your decision), creamy on the inside and cheeeeeeesy. You cannot go wrong with cheese, can you? Naaaah. I tell you that these nuggets are so much better than those chicken ones.

Cauliflower Nuggets: creamy on the inside, crispy on the outside and SO ADDICTIVE! Much healthier than most versions too!

By the way, I think it’s time to tell you that I recently went fully vegetarian (one month and a week now) so I’m really not kidding when I say that I can (and I will) eat a ton of these nuggets in a sitting and make a living on them alone. Fear not, things will keep the same around here: I’ll keep commenting on all of your posts, my meat recipes will be still on my index and I won’t get too obnoxious about it.

But you better expect an increase in my cauliflower-based posts. Seriously, is there anything that cauliflowers can’t do?????

a) Nope   b) I don’t think so!   c) Absolutely not, cauliflowers are boss!

Cauliflower Nuggets: creamy on the inside, crispy on the outside and SO ADDICTIVE! Much healthier than most versions too!

Let’s talk nuggets again, shall we? K. Nuggets are fab, they’re like the Jon Snow of food. Mmmm, like you know, handsome and additive???

Yeah.

I’m pretty sure that if these nuggets could talk they’d have a pretty dark, deep sexy voice. 

((Ah yes, don’t take me too seriously now. It must be all these withdrawal symptoms because I might or might not have gone without these nuggets for THREE WEEKS. Never. Again. NEVER))

Cauliflower Nuggets: creamy on the inside, crispy on the outside and SO ADDICTIVE! Much healthier than most versions too!

Give me nuggets or give me death.

Ok I’ll stop now.

But  promise that you’ll be going to the store to get the biggest cauliflower in sight to make the nuggets, please guys. They’re so worth getting addicted to.

I’ll see you all in cauliflower-nugget-rehab. Please come and say hi. Don’t be shy, I won’t bit you…. unless you look like a lovely little cauliflower nugget, that is. In that case, run for your life.

ps: why are you reading this now and why aren’t you in the store? You rebel.

 

Cauliflower Nuggets
Creamy on the inside, crispy on the outside and SO ADDICTIVE.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 kg head of cauliflower
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  4. 1 tsp. garlic powder
  5. 1 tsp. salt
  6. 60 grams cheddar cheese
  7. 50 grams shredded mozzarella
  8. extra breadcrumbs to roll nuggets on
Instructions
  1. Steam the cauliflower until tender enough to mash with a fork.
  2. Squeeze all the liquid out of the cauliflower.
  3. Mix cauliflower, salt, seasonings, breadcrumbs, egg, mozzarella and grated cheddar until a ball is formed.
  4. Form ball into nuggets.
  5. Roll nuggets in extra breadcrumbs.
  6. Heat about 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil and fry nuggets until golden.
Notes
  1. Other strong cheeses such as manchego or parmesan can be used in place of cheddar.
honey & figs http://honeyandfigskitchen.com/
 

 By the way, thanks for the comments in my last posts! I did have such a fabulous vacation and now I’m more than ready to be back blogging! Can’t wait to get on track. But excuse me if it takes me a bit of time to answer your comments and read blogs. There’s just sooooo much to do with the ebook and everything! I hope you guys understand!

Enjoy your weekend,

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