Sometimes it is good to think outside the box and try new flavours. As mentioned before, I tend to make either potato or bean burgers at home. However being vegetarian there are unlimited possibilities of the various different vegetables and pulses that can be used. Whilst visiting one of my favourite blogs recently I came across a broccoli burger recipe and thought I must try this. I modified the recipe slightly by adding sesame seeds and red capsicum peppers to give it a nutty and sweet tangy flavour. The result was wonderful and I got a lot of creative ideas and thoughts flowing for making different vegetarian burgers. So watch this space for a few more burger recipes ….
These burgers are also healthier because broccoli is high in vitamins C, K, and A, as well as dietary fibre and it also contains multiple nutrients with potent anti-cancer properties. Broccoli is usually boiled or steamed, as per the old ways of cooking vegetables, however in recent years more research has shown that if eaten raw you get more of the benefits of the vegetable. Other methods of cooking are also good for cooking vegetables especially stir fries as they cook the vegetables at a very high heat and quickly, hence a lot of the nutrients still remain intact. Although boiling has been shown to reduce the levels of suspected anticancer compounds in broccoli, other preparation methods such as steaming, microwaving, and stir-frying have been shown not to reduce the presence of these compounds.
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In the past I have made many different kinds of bread. A few years back I found a wonderful recipe book from the library on breads, cakes and biscuits. I tried out quite a few recipes from it. This is one of the recipes from the book but I added the mixed seeds and lemon to make it my own. I also had a recipe from my aunt for courgette bread for some time but never actually got around to trying it. That was until I came across this similar recipe in the book from the library which reminded me to try it again. I liked this recipe as it did not have any eggs whereas the recipes that I have seen before did contain eggs. This bread goes well with all kinds of soups, especially tomato soup, or to eat on it’s own with some butter while still warm :p .
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When I was growing up in Malawi we used to have cheese and tomato toasted sandwiches with white bread for breakfast on Sunday mornings. We really enjoyed them. I remember my father would cut 2 cm square pieces for us as we didn’t know how to use a fork & knife back then. The flat iron sandwich toaster would flatten the sandwich and crisp the bread (because we used to butter both sides of the bread slightly – not too healthy !) It was a perfect breakfast 🙂
Back to real life, after marriage I started eating brown and wholemeal bread and one day my husband told me to make the toasted sandwiches using this recipe combination, so this is my husbands invention. I really liked the mixture of flavours with brown bread and we make this as a light meal or filling brunch / lunch. In the past I have also added vegetarian sausages to the mix, which tastes good also. Now I know this is a simple recipe but I wanted to share my memories and give people ideas of some quick and simple healthy recipes that we may not think of normally. Especially if you are a student away from home and want to try and eat healthy food, or if you are just uninspired, or need a reminder of the simple foods that give us pleasure in our lives.
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I first had couscous around five years ago at work where I would regularly have it in various different combinations during lunch. I had seen it being made on TV many times but had never made it at home so I decided to try it one day. After a lot of attempts, I came up with this combination recently of chargrilled vegetables and feta cheese, and it seems to work quite well. Couscous does not have any specific taste, it is a very versatile grain and can take lots of different flavours, this makes it an ideal filler for salads. Due to the stripes created by the griddle pan on the carrots and parsnips, my son says it is tiger & zebra salad. It is a fun way of making sure he eats his food, as I am sure most of you will agree, it is an uphill battle to get them to eat what is good for them.
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I was given this recipe by my older sister a few years back, it was a simple onion, tomato and capsicum peppers pie. She had suggested that I could add mushrooms as my husband likes them so I did. I tend to use the savoury filling that I make for pancake filling and wraps, which is the same as the original recipe I was given. It is a good dish to enjoy as a light lunch with friends or you can make a meal out of it and perhaps serve it with side salad, roast potatoes, stuffed mushrooms etc. It is a good combination of the ingredients and is a very indulgent creamy/cheesy recipe.
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I created this recipe after having them from a take-away pizza place. My husband loves mushrooms and got them as a side order with the pizza. I tried to recreate it and worked out what the ingredients were. It has been a good side dish to serve with salad for a light lunch or accompanying something more filling. Just to make life easier I use open cup flat mushrooms, but I have also made them using closed cup mushrooms. This takes some time to make but it is good to serve as a starter.
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I came across this recipe from a supermarket magazine. It looked great and I always wanted to try and make dumplings. I adapted the recipe and changed the vegetables to what I would normally keep or vegetables I use for roasting during autumn/winter. If you do not want everything to be the same colour then just remove the beetroot. You can also add a can of beans (of your choice) or a lentil & grain mix, this makes it more wholesome.
I am glad I tried the recipe as it has been a hit with everyone who has tried it. This recipe is a very good warm and comforting food, especially when the weather starts to get colder. Serve it with some bread rolls or garlic bread. I hope that you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. Give it a go, it is the correct season for it 🙂
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