Broccoli Crust Quiche

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For every dish that I’ve made with cauliflower, I’ve been looking at broccoli and thinking to myself “Can I? Dare I? Shall I?”.  So, here goes…..!  Inspired by my cauliflower crusted Quiche I give you a broccoli crust Quiche!  Bright, bold and colourful and a great way to sneak veggies into your diet. I used almond flour to bind the dish as the broccoli alone will not yield a strong enough crust.  You could add some Parmesan cheese too if you wished but I was trying to keep this cheese free.

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Cauliflower and Walnut Crust Quiche

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There is no end to the versatility of the humble cauliflower!  Now available in Quiche crust format!  Although I have made this a couple of times with walnuts simply because I like this flavour combination you could use another nut instead.  I have made it without nuts and the crust was too moist for my liking.  Perhaps some ground flaxseed instead or even Parmesan cheese to bind it and give it the crispy case.  Perfect for a picnic or supper dish!

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Roasted Cabbage

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Cabbage slices with garlic

If in doubt about cooking a vegetable, roast it!  I find that many of my childhood vegetables that were boiled to an inch of their lives, are so much better roasted.  Cauliflower and broccoli in particular.  So I tried roasting cabbage.   So simple and yet so tasty!  When I was playing around with this we ate plates of it just by itself!  So I am in two minds whether to call this a side or main vegetable dish!    You can really play around with the flavourings of roast cabbage.  I am currently torn between two flavours of roast cabbage, one just slathered with oil and garlic, the other covered with whole-grain mustard with a dash of lemon.   Yummy!

The cabbage can be cut into slices or wedges, slathered with your flavourings, then roasted.  It’s that simple!

 

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Broccoli and Blue Cheese Quiche

 

Delicious gluten free quiche

Delicious gluten free quiche

 

The crust on this Quiche is one of nicest gluten free ones I have tasted and thanks to a reader (Jazzy-k) who shared a recipe with me for a pie crust which had these ingredients.   I slightly changed the quantities, added butter and voila!  A lovely buttery, crumbly Quiche pastry!  It reminds me of a wholewheat pastry case.   The Chief Taster thinks that this would be great as a cheesecake base too (sweetened up though) which is on the list of things to bake.  Although he suggests cheesecake for most recipes…it’s an obsession with him.

You could have any fillings in this Quiche but broccoli and blue cheese is my personal favourite.  Take the base recipe, throw your own fillings and get creative!

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Ricotta and Cauliflower Gnocchi

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This is another amazing recipe I found on Maria Mind Body and Health Site.   I had some ricotta and cauliflower in the fridge and was wondering what to do with it when I came across her great recipe for gnocchi.  It was delicious but I added more flavouring to them as I found the first batch in need of little “something”.  I served mine with a marina sauce but think that these would also be delicious with a buttery sage sauce.

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Grilled Vegetable and Goats Cheese Terrine

Colourful layers of vegetables

Colourful layers of vegetables

 

This is now my 500th post!  I cannot believe how many recipes have been tried, tested and posted in my three years of blogging.   I put the question out on Facebook as to what should I do for my 500th post and a reader asked for a grilled starter.  So, here it is and thank you, Tawnya for the challenge!  I loved the range of colours in this and the taste was lovely.  The Chief Taster was initially hesitant with me serving this cold but enjoyed it with relish and declared that the flavours “were balanced”.  He had seconds.

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Almond Meal Pulp and Zucchini Falafels

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I like to make my own almond milk as that way I know that there has been nothing unnatural sneaked it but it hurts me to throw away the left over almond meal.   I tried to make a cracker with it which did not work out well.   I would rather lick the conveyor belt at the supermarket then eat those again (not every recipe is a success!).  Finally,  I made a lovely savoury dish from the almond meal so it’s not gone to waste.  I am also missing a decent falafel since moving away from the Middle East, and this was a half decent substitute (you still cannot beat the real thing).  More importantly for me, it is a great low carb version of falafel.  Perfect with a cauliflower wrap and salad.  It works out to be about 3 net carbs per falafel.  Nom nom!

The added zucchini gives the falafel the moistness you normally get from the chickpeas when you are making the traditional version with chickpeas.  As ever, it’s a great way to sneak vegetables into a dish!  More importantly, a tasty way to use up the almond meal from home made almond milk!  I’m still unsure how to categorize these, a vegetarian side dish, main or a snack?   I eat them in all three categories!

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