Broccoli Quinoa Cheddar Bites

I had made these little snacks over the weekend and had a few people asking me for the recipe.   Well here it is!

The main ingredient…Broccoli.  But you could use spinach or kale if you wanted.

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I chopped the broccoli florets into small pieces and quickly sautéed them in olive oil with chopped onion and some garlic, salt and pepper, until soft.

In the meantime, I cooked 1/4 cup of quinoa in some vegetable broth.  I used a mix of red and white quinoa, but the choice is yours.

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Mix the broccoli and quinoa together.  Let cool.

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Once cooled, add some shredded cheddar cheese and mix.  You could use any kind of cheese, again the choice is yours.  I think next time, I will use a spicy Jalapeño Havarti!

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To this mixture, add two eggs and mix again.

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Now the fun part.  Spray a muffin tin with some cooking spray or use muffin papers to keep the mixture from sticking.  Spoon the mixture evenly.

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Bake in the oven, 350 degrees for about 25 minutes.  When you see the edges browning, they’re done.

Enjoy!

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Cookies Class – Shortbread

I am back to class – Cookies Class!

It felt nice to put the chef’s uniform back on.  This first class was about shortbread.

A simple recipe made up of butter, sugar, bread flour and rice flour.

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The dough is rolled out and then scored.

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It is then baked until golden.

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Last step is to cut the cookies and then you have shortbread =)IMG_0273_2

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Pasta Dough From Scratch

Decided one weekend to try making pasta noodles from scratch.  Found a super easy recipe:

100g flour

1 egg

pinch of salt

water if needed

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Mix your egg and flour until you get a dough ball.  I used a mixer with the dough hook attachment.  Added some water just to get the ingredients to mix and it took no time at all.  You want a play dough like consistency.

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Once you have your dough mixed, wrap it in clear plastic and chill for about 30 minutes.

Once the dough is rested, it is time to roll the dough out.  If you have a pasta press, now is the time to start feeding in your dough.  I, on the other hand just used a regular rolling-pin.  I think I need to invest in a pasta press….

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The key is to roll it out super thin, paper like thinness.   My roll out was not paper-thin. IMG_0267_2

Using a sharp knife, I cut my dough into noodles and then boiled in salted boiling water for about 4 minutes.

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I made some pesto and added some cherry tomatoes and parmesan.  It was alright for a first try.

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So simple. =)