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Zucchini-Spinach-Feta-Cheese Pie

February 20, 2011 Leave a comment

 

Kesäkurpitsa-pinaatti-fetapiiras

I love this pie!

I absolutely love this pie! I found the recipe by googling for recipe’s for a girls’ night at our place. After that one evening this became my favorite pie ever. It’s easy to make and tastes to delicious that I could eat half of it just by myself :) This is partially the reason I don’t have a better picture of it, it tends to disappear before I get a chance to capture it on film ;)

Spinach is healthy and tasty, zucchini guarantees a juicy pie and feta cheese adds flavor as well as makes the taste more creamy. You’ll love this too.

Crust

  • 3 dl spelt or wheat flour
  • 150 g butter
  • 2 tbsp water

Filling

  • 250 g zucchini
  • 1 leek
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • olive oil
  • 200 g fresh spinach
  • 200 g feta cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 250 g fresh cheese
  • ½ dl milk
  • 1,5 tsp salt
  • black pepper

Preparation

  1. Put the flour and salt in a large bowl. Add cold butter in cubes. Mix until even – the dough will be crumbly. Quickly add water and kneed into an even dough.
  2. Press the dough into a loose bottom cake tin (∅ 24-26 cm). Stick holes into the bottom using a fork and let the crust cool in the fridge for at least one hour.
  3. Heat the oven to 200°C. Bake the crust in the middle of the oven for ca. 10 mins.
  4. Grate the zucchini. Put the grated zucchini in a sieve and mix 0,5 tsp of salt into it. After 15 mins, squeeze the extra moisture from the zucchini. Salt will help to make the zucchini “sweat” :)
  5. Rinse the leek throughly, you don’t want any dirt in the pie. Then slice the leek. Peel the garlic cloves, then press them flat using the wide edge of your knife. Finely chop the garlic and fry them with the chopped onion lightly, with a dash of olive oil. Don’t fry too much, the onions shouldn’t catch any color. Add zucchini and keep frying for a couple of minutes. Add spinach (remember to rinse it well) and keep frying until the spinach becomes soft.
  6. Mix the spinach-onion-zucchini with feta cheese cubes and pour the mixture into the cake tin, on the crust.
  7. Mix eggs, milk, fresh cheese, salt and pepper. Pour the mixture over the filling in the cake tin.
  8. Bake in the middle of the oven for approximately 40 mins.

Original recipe (the one above is my own version) Leva&Bo: Caroline Hofberg (I found the recipe on alltommat.se)

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Furikake chicken and espresso with raw chocolate

February 5, 2011 Leave a comment
Pikakana ja vihannekset © Hanna Stolt

Furikake Chicken and Veggies

This dish is definitely in the Quick and Easy category. I needed to make something quick and still keep it healthy. So my dinner today was Furikake Chicken with vegetables.  I have to say this was pretty good, especially when considering the minimal effort making it required.

Furikake Chicken for three:

  • 3 chicken breast fillets
  • Renée Voltaire’s Furikake spice mix, or if you don’t have any, use herbs like rosemary, thyme, basil or a ready provencale herb mix.
  • black pepper
  • salt
  • olive oil

Vegetables:

  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 fennel
  • Furikake-spice mix or herbs (fresh or dried)
  • salt
  • olive oil
  • 1-2 dl macadamia nuts

Preparation:

Heat the oven to 200°C.

Slice the bell pepper into quite large pieces. Dice the zucchini, again you can leave the cubes quite big so it doesn’t get too soft in the oven. I usually buy small zucchinis because they have less seeds in them and taste better. Slice the fennel. Mix the veggies in a bowl and add a little bit of olive oil and season with Furikake, salt and black pepper. Pour them into an ovenproof casserole.

Fry the chicken breast fillets on a pan, using 1-2 tbsp of olive oil until they become golden brown and crispy on the surface. Sprinkle Furikake, salt and black pepper on both sides of the fillets and lay them on top of the veggies in the casserole. Add macadamia nuts on top and bake in the oven for approximately 20 minutes or until the chicken fillets are well done.

You could serve this dish with some rice or salad – depending on what you prefer. For me the veggies and the chicken worked great without any additional sides.  This is a great low GI, Paleo dish as it is.

For dessert I had some raw chocolate and espresso. Yum :)

Raakasuklaata ja espressoa © Hanna Stolt

Raw chocolate + Espresso