Mini roasted veggie phyllo parcels

 

Today’s recipe is an updated version of a dish I put together six years ago and is a delight for all the veggie lovers out there – crispy phyllo pastry parcels filled with roasted veggies and topped with sesame seeds! Serve them as a starter, a side dish or even as the main event!

 

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Aubergine parmigiana

Aubergine parmigiana

 

An oldie but a goodie, aubergine parmigiana is a scrumptious side dish that I absolutely love. This is classic comfort food that’s perfect for serving to a crowd alongside a main meal, (although I’ll happily enjoy it for lunch with a fresh side salad too).

 

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Dukkah and parmesan chicken tray bake

Dukkah chicken and vegetable tray bake

 

Last month I was invited by Sarah Baade over at Slice of Honey to collaborate on a sheet pan dinner project. Sheet pan dinners are right up my alley – as a busy mom with lots on my plate (pardon the pun) I love being able to pop a complete meal on a tray and get on with a few things at home while it bakes in the oven. Such a quick, delicious and wholesome dinner solution! You can also change up your sheet pan dinners (as you’ll see below) by mixing up your choice of protein, using whichever veggies you happen to have in the fridge and adding different spices and/or sauces each time.

 

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Leek fritters

 

Yotam Ottolenghi’s “Plenty” contains a wealth of vegetarian recipes and is a fantastic resource not only for vegetarians but for those wanting to include more veggies in their diets. Stuffed inside my copy of the book is a piece of paper on which I’ve scrawled the names of the recipes I want to try out first… needless to say the list is rather long! These delicious leek fritters are from the “Funny Onions” chapter.

 

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Tamari chicken tray bake

Chicken and veggie tray bake

 

I usually prepare some sort of chicken and veggie tray bake once a week at home. I find it easy with minimal effort required, and the reward of a tasty, nourishing dinner at the end. Today’s chicken and veg recipe is a fantastic week night supper option. The chicken is cooked in a tamari and honey marinade and served with roasted vegetables, simple and scrumptious.

 

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Spiced chicken salad bowl

Chicken salad recipe with cumin

 

I like to think that over the years I have gotten into some really good eating habits. Like breakfast – I always try to start the day off right with something wholesome and filling. Likewise in the evening I look forward to making a healthy home cooked meal to enjoy after the long day. But when it comes to lunch, well, that is when the wheels fall off. In between the afternoon school run, extra murals and the never ending daily to do list my lunch often takes a back seat. Last year I got into a bad habit of snacking on the go during the day, but of course the snacks never filled me up and I was always tempted to reach for something sugary in the late afternoon when I was feeling low on energy. Not ideal. This is where salad bowls, like the recipe I am sharing today, have been a lifesaver!

 

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Bacon and cheese potato bake

Potato bake recipe with bacon and cheese.

 

It has been a long time since I made a good old potato bake, but I had a sudden craving a few weeks ago! So I grabbed my James Martin cookbook, scribbled down his recipe for dauphinois which I had been wanting to try and took it on our holiday to make for the fam on one of our braai evenings. Me being me I tweaked the recipe and added a few extra bits and pieces, and it tasted amazing! Potatoes, cream, two cheeses and bacon – I’m there! And making a dish that gets a thumbs up from the entire family is always a bonus.

 

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