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Monday, 30 September 2013

Breakfast: No Crust Vegetarian Mini Quiches

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As the end of the week approaches, I usually run out of a vital ingredient....eggs! My brother is a big eater (aren't they all!) so between my regular baking sessions and his large appetite, their number always seems to dwindle to one single egg. 

Since embarking on my quest to eat much healthier, I've discovered ways to recreate some of my favourite dishes that aren't necessarily the healthiest. In the process, I've set myself a personal challenge to prove to myself and to others (hope you're reading this Mum) that healthy eating doesn't have to be boring or unappetising. This egg white quiche recipe combines my favourite roast vegetables with egg whites to provide a breakfast option that's healthy and lower in calories. To make them, I used silicone cupcake moulds (you can find them here).

You'll need (for approx. 8):
1/4 can of Evaporated Milk
1 large egg white
1 tablespoon plain flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons grated cheddar cheese
Mix of your favourite veggies. I combine a chopped red pepper & green pepper, one chopped aubergine, chopped garlic, two large tomatoes (chopped finely), and a chopped onion in a large roasting tray. Drizzle generously with olive oil and some sea salt and roast for about 45 mins at 175 degrees C. 

PREHEAT your oven to 175 degrees C.

GREASE your silicone cases with a little coconut butter (you can also use normal butter) and lightly dust your cases with flour. 

WHISK the evaporated milk, egg white, cheese, flour, salt and black pepper in a bowl until blended.

COMBINE the quiche mix with the roast vegetables and spoon the mixture into the silicone cases. Bake the mini quiches for 20-25 minutes. 
Saturday, 21 September 2013

Vegetarian: Wholewheat Chickpea Tostada

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Growing up, I was always in awe of how my mum seemed to know her way around a kitchen and prepared great feasts with ease. You see we never had any cookbooks in the house when we were younger - my mum ONLY cooked Nigerian food - so I became enamoured with the day that I would be old enough to join her and also learn how to cook from memory. It wasn't until I was a teenager that she admitted that she loathed cooking and even more so the monthly food shop. 

I have definitely adopted my mum's cooking style and have trained my eye to measure portion sizes. I usually use my hand as a good point of reference for measurement. I rarely follow recipes fully and usually make adjustments especially if I don't that particular ingredient in my house or I want to make something a little bit more healthy. So in this case, I replaced the refried beans with kidney beans and I held off on the cheese but they were still delicious!

You'll need:
1 wholewheat tortilla
handful of kidney beans
small handful of chickpeas
handful of spinach, chopped
1 tomato, finely chopped
1/2 avocado, peeled & chopped
1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
1 garlic clove, crushed

To Season: juice of a lime, olive oil, salt & pepper

PRE-HEAT the oven to 200 degrees C. 

SPREAD a thin amount of olive oil on both sides of the tortilla. Place the tortilla on a baking sheet/tin foil in the oven for about 8-10 minutes or until slightly crispy. Leave to chill on a plate.

PREPARE the avocado 'salsa' by placing the chopped avocado and tomato in a bowl. Add the juice of half a lime and a pinch of salt (to taste). 

FRY the onions and kidney beans with a tablespoon of olive oil on a low-medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and some salt. Turn off the heat and stir in the chopped spinach. Mash the mixture with a potato masher and spread on top of the tortilla. Pile the avocado salsa on top and add the chickpeas. Drizzle with the juice of the other lime half.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Welcome to AJ's Pantry

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Hey there! My name is Aisha, aka AJ. I wanted to create a blog to store all my favourite recipes and share my love of great, wholesome food. I'll be posting weekly recipes with photos and some videos, as well as some reviews of the restaurants I've eaten at. Feel free to comment and please share your favourite recipes for me to try!