Mushroom and Pumpkin Cheesecake

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I have been searching high and low for a simpler version of the amazing and delicious quiche. Although I love baking day on a winters’ day, extra time for a pie crust, (kneading, resting, rolling, blind baking etc. etc.…) is too hard to find with three boys, a hubby and a lively dog! That’s why I was so excited when Bon Appetit magazine published a recipe for a crab cheesecake. That was my inspiration for this recipe. Continue reading

Colourful Bulgur Wheat with Sweet Potatoes and Chickpeas

bulgur sweetpot.jpgThe thing I love about bulgur wheat is that as it cooks, it absorbs flavour, better than any other grain I know. Rice is great too, but bulgur wheat is nutty and tastes great eaten hot, at room temperature, or even straight out of the fridge. My passion for sweet potatoes urged me to cook these two together. The result is a colourful, flavourful vegetarian pilaf packed with goodness and taste. Continue reading

“Gemista” – Stuffed Courgettes and Tomatoes with Mushrooms, Bulgur Wheat and Feta Cheese

stuffed mainI love to stuff food. Mainly I like stuffing it in my mouth, but on some occasions I like stuffing other things like vine leaves, eggplants or mushrooms. So I cooked “Gemista”. The direct translation of the word is “Stuffed” and this is what they are. This is not a 30-minute recipe but it’s so worth your time in the kitchen. It’s not a difficult dish to prepare. In fact, I find that stuffing veggies is far easier than stuffing a chicken or a pork loin (don’t get me started on the kitchen twine!). Continue reading

Marinated Mushroom Salad with Roasted Pumpkin and Feta Cheese

 

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I don’t know why I call this dish a salad. It’s more like a vegetarian main. The mushrooms are marinated in a zesty dressing sweetened with maple syrup and then mixed with sweet roasted pumpkin, fresh, vibrant rocket leaves, a ton of crunchy nuts and my favourite, bulgur wheat. I absolutely love it in salads as it has the quality to absorb all the flavours and the goodness of this dish. It is a bit more time consuming than your average salad, but you could prepare the mushrooms, pumpkin and bulgur the day before and keep it in the fridge. Serve it as a light lunch or a vegetarian main. It’s a real crowd pleaser. Continue reading

Vegetarian “Pastitsio”: A rich veggie ragout layered with tube pasta and topped with a creamy béchamel sauce

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Meatless Monday favorite. The all-time-classic, Greek dish “Pastitsio” gets a vegetarian makeover. Instead of the traditional minced meat filling, a rich and flavorful veggie ragout steals the show. Actually it’s so delicious and tasty I could dive in the pan with a nice piece of crusty bread and wipe it clean. I used eggplants, mushrooms and a sweet, red, bell pepper along with onion and garlic. Continue reading