Broccoli Tots

Broccoli Tots

Broccoli Tots

If you love tatter tots/ potato gems / potato nuggets / delicious food – but you’d like to give it a healthy makeover, then check out this baked [not fried] Broccoli Tots.

This recipe is super easy, quick and child friendly – so they can get involved in the creation and sample their results once the oven beeps. The broccoli flavour isn’t overpowering and they make a great kids snack and are perfect for child-led weening.

Serves – makes 25 tots

Prep Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of McCain Broccoli – cooked as per packet instructions
  • 1 small brown onion – quartered
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup of breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup of grated tasty cheese
  • 1-2tsp of Italian Herbs
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Method

  1. Preheat a fan-forced oven to 210°C and line a large baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Place onion into a blender and blend until finely chopped. Add McCain Broccoli and blend until chopped into small pieces.
    NOTE: this can be done with a knife if you don’t have access to a blender.
  3. Transfer the broccoli mixture to a large mixing bowl, add remaining ingredients, mix until well combined, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Take a tablespoon sized scoop of the mixture and use your hands to form it into a shape that resembles a McCain Potato Nugget. Place onto the lined baking tray and repeat. This mixture will yield approximately 25 Broccoli Tots.
  5. Place the Broccoli Tots into the oven and cook for minutes, turning halfway, or until golden.
  6. Serve immediately or pop into a lunchbox for a healthy school or work snack!
Spring Vegetable Pasta

Garden Green Pasta

Green Pesto Pasta

This delicious pasta dish will ensure you and your family are getting your daily dose of greens! Ready in a flash, and with a chilli pop that will keep you warm in winter, it’s the perfect weeknight main meal or side to grilled meat.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of Green Vegetables – I used McCain Garden Greens – cooked as per packet instructions
  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic – halved and finely sliced
  • 1 long red chilli – halved, seeds and membrane removed, and finely sliced
  • The juice of 1 lemon
  • 500g of Orecchiette pasta
  • 1/3 cup of green basil pesto
  • 100g of rocket
  • Shaved parmesan to serve
  • Salt and pepper to season

Spring Vegetable Pasta

Method

  1. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water, to al dente, and drain, reserving ½ cup of pasta water.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large pan over a medium heat. Add sliced garlic and chilli and cook for 2 minutes, stirring. Add pesto, pasta, Green Vegetables, lemon juice and season to taste. Mix well and cook for 2 minutes. Add reserved pasta water sparingly to lubricate the pasta and create a dry sauce.
  3. Divide rocket evenly amongst bowls, top with Garden Green Pasta and serve topped with shaved Parmesan.

Enjoy!

Cannelloni

Broccoli Cannelloni

Cannelloni

This lemony twist on the classic spinach and ricotta pasta bake is packed with hidden broccoli and is so tasty that even the littlest of taste-buds will enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 14 instant cannelloni shells
  • 2 cups of McCain Broccoli – thawed and patted with paper towel to remove excess moisture
  • 300g Fresh Ricotta
  • 50g Danish Feta
  • ¼ cup parmesan
  • 2 tbs of milk
  • 1 clove of garlic – minced
  • The juice and grated rind of ½ a  lemon
  • 700ml of passata or tomato based pasta sauce
  • Salt and pepper – to season
  • Mozzerella slices – to top
  • Fresh basil leaves – to serve

Vegetarian Cannelloni

Method

  1. Preheat a fan-forced oven to 180C.
  2. Place 2 cups of thawed McCain Broccoli into a food processor and pulse to chop coarsely.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, place McCain Broccoli, ricotta, feta, parmesan, milk, garlic and lemon juice/rind and mix well to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Spoon the mixture into each cannelloni shells, using a butter knife to carefully push the mixture in.
  5. Place 1/3 of the passata sauce on the base of a heavy bottom baking dish, top filled cannelloni shells, pour remaining sauce over the top and arrange mozzarella slices to cover the top.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes or until the cannelloni is tender and cheese is golden. Serve with salad and crusty bread.

Enjoy!

15 Minute Monday – Speedy Massaman Beef Curry

Fast and tasty – this speedy massaman beef captures the same spicy, creamy coconut flavours of a slow cooked curry. 

Ingredients

  • 1 tbs peanut oil
  • 1 large brown onion – halved and sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic – diced
  • 1 medium red chilli – seeds removed and diced
  • 600g beef rump steak – cut into thin strip
  • 150g massaman curry paste
  • 1 tsp of sesame oil
  • 1 tbs of raw sugar
  • 1 tbs of soy sauce
  • 1 tbs fish sauce
  • 1 red capsicum – cut into thin strips
  • 1 medium head of broccoli – cut into florettes
  • 125ml light coconut milk
  • 50ml of water
  • Steamed rice and fresh coiander leaves – to serve

Method

  1. Heat 1/2 the peanut oil in a wok over a medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and chilli, stir until fragrant and translucent.
  2. Add the beef in batches to brown.
  3. Add the remaining peanut oil, sesame oil and curry paste, stir until fragrant – this will take about 1 minute.
  4. Return the beef and add the sugar, fish sauce and soy sauce. Stir until well coated.
  5. Add the capsicum, broccoli, water and coconut milk. Bring to the simmer and leave to boil for five minutes – this will allow time for the sauce to thicken and vegetables to soften.
  6. Serve with steamed rice and fresh coriander leaves.

Enjoy!

Vegan Broccoli, Mushroom and Tofu Soup

Okay, so I am sure the word vegan has thrown you off and you probably think this recipe will be tasteless and leave you hungry, but you would be wrong! This soup is a wonderful set and forget meal that is hearty and will fill you and the family to the brim. It’s packed full of goodness and is a great winter warmer.

Ingredients

  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 10 mushrooms
  • 200g silken tofu
  • 1 x 2 person serve of 90 second brown rice
  • 1L of vegetable stock or chicken stock but obviously it won’t be vegan if you use the chicken stock
  • 1 large brown onion – diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic – minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1. Heat 1 tbs of oil in a heavy bottomed casserole dish – I used my La Chasseur cast iron pot.
  2. Add the onion and garlic and fry until fragrant and translucent.
  3. Break the florets from the head of broccoli, chop the stalk, quarter the mushrooms and add to pan.
  4. Cover with stock, bring to the boil, reduce to simmer and cover for 40 minutes.
  5. Cook the brown rice according to packet instructions, add along with the tofu.
  6. Use your spoon to break up the tofu and a stick blender to blend.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve!

I also cracked black pepper over the top when it was served so it didn’t look as much like a brown/green blob – just a thought.

Enjoy!