{The Nest Cooks} Tomato, haloumi and olive tart

This is a cracker tart when your pantry is near empty but the tiny people are starving.

I found it also an excellent way to introduce haloumi to the kids and they love helping to make it.  tart

Stuff you need:

8 sheets filo pastry

Cooking Spray

1 tbs Almond Meal or breadcrumbs

Cherry tomatoes and roma tomato medley

Olives

1 egg, beaten

grated lemon rind

400g Ricotta

100g Haloumi grated

Oregano

 

Do this:

  1. Mix ricotta, haloumi, the lemon rind, egg and oregano in a bowl. Stir to combine.
  2. Lay out one layer of filo pastry, spray with cooking oil, place another layer on top. Continue to use 8 pieces to make a stack.
  3. Sprinkle almond meal (or breadcrumbs to be nutfree) over top of stack (this will help stop it going soggy)
  4. Pour cheese mixture onto stack leaving about 4cm on each side
  5. Turn over sides of stack to tuck in the cheese mixture
  6. Spread tomatoes and Olives on top as desired
  7. Sprinkle a little more oregano.
  8. Brush turned up sides with egg wash or spray with cooking spray
  9. Season well
  10. Wack it in the oven for about 25 minutes on about 210
  11. Serve with salad.

Enjoy!

{The Nest Cooks} Tonight’s dinner = sorted! Quinoa, Roasted Tomato & Asparagus Goats Cheese Tart

One of our readers has submitted this BEAUTIFUL recipe to the nest (and we CANNOT wait to try it!)

She promises that it is healthy, not to difficult to make and very yummy! Her two little sons even approved!

Let me introduce you to Quinoa, Roasted Tomato & Asparagus Goats Cheese Tart. tart

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 Cup quinoa, rinsed, drained
  • 1 Tsp salt –reduced vegetable stock
  • 400g grape tomatoes
  • 2 bunches asparagus, trimmed, halved
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup finely grated parmesan
  • 150g soft goat’s cheese
  • 150g low-fat ricotta
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh continental parsley
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh Chives
  • 2 Tsp finely grated lemon rind
  • Fresh basil leaves to serve

METHOD:

  1. Place quinoa in a small saucepan with the stock powder and 2 cups water. Stir to combine and bring to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 12mins or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 180C. Toss tomatoes and asparagus in the olive oil and balsamic vinegar and place on a roasting tray, season with sea salt and cracked pepper and roast for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Set aside to cool.
  3. Place the cooled quinoa in a large bowl, add the eggs and grated parmesan and stir until well combined. Lightly oil a non stick tart tin with a removable base. Press the quinoa mixture evenly and firmly into the base and side of the tin to form a thick crust. Bake for 15mins or until light golden.
  4. Combine the goat’s cheese, ricotta, parsley, chives and lemon rind in a bowl and mix until smooth. Spread the cheese mixture over the quinoa base. Top with the roasted tomatoes and asparagus and bake for a further 5-10mins or until warmed through.
  5. To serve sprinkle with the basil leaves.

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Yummo!

Thanks for sharing with the nest Kellie!

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Chilli tomato mussels will build your muscles!

Originally this recipe came from Taste but over the times of making it in our nest it has been changed slightly. It is a fairly healthy, delicious meal for the whole family. Our toddler-bird loves popping open the mussels (and I am all for any food which she finds fun!)

Delicious mussels Photo: Mark O'Meera

Delicious mussels
Photo: Mark O’Meera

You will need:

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 brown onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 small red chillies, deseeded, finely chopped
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1kg tomatoes, finely chopped
1 small can of tomatoes
1 lemon, rind finely grated & juiced
2 teaspoons caster sugar
1/2 cup dry white wine
1kg mussels, without their hairy beards
1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon thyme, roughly chopped
hot crusty bread, to serve

To make:

1. Heat oil in a large, deep saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and chilli. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until onion is soft. Add tomato paste and cook for 1 minute.

2. Add tomatoes, lemon rind, lemon juice, sugar and wine to pan. Stir until well combined. Increase heat to high. Bring sauce to the boil. Reduce heat to medium. Add thyme. Simmer, uncovered, for 8 to 10 minutes or until thick. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Add mussels to saucepan. Cover and cook, shaking pan occasionally, for 3 to 5 minutes or until mussel shells open. Discard unopened shells. Ladle sauce and mussels into bowls. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve with bread.

We guarantee this will become a favourite in your nest as well!