Carb-less broccoli quiche

Broccoli quiche

Stir-fry the following for 5 mins in 2 tbls sunflower oil; the broccoli can remain a bit hard.

  • 1 1/2 broccoli heads cut in quatered florets
  • 2 chopped onions
  • 1 tbs mixed dry thyme and basil

In the meantime beat the following in a bowl:

  • 120 ml soya milk
  • 120g grated cheese of your choice
  • 6 eggs
  • pepper and salt to taste

Lay the broccoli mix on an oven dish (approx 28cm) and if desired add some cooked paprika cut in tin strips on top of the mixture.  Pour the egg mix gently making sure to cover all the broccoli and spread the cheese on top.  Bake for around 40 mins or until golden brown.

Tip: you can use cauliflower, cut in small florets, as an alternative.

Broccoli pesto

Not your typical pesto as you can eat lots and lots of it on its own and you will be healthier for that, however it is also great as a side.

Blend the following in a blender/food processor:

  • 1 broccoli head (circa 550g) cut in small florets, cooked/steamed and drained.
  • 50 g roasted pine nuts
  • 7 tbs olive oil
  • juice from lemon and some of its zest
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbs linseed (optional)
  • 1 or 2 garlic cloves, to taste

Serve lots with chicken or fish or serve as a healthy dip.

For the roasted vegetables cut 4 chicory sprouts lengthwise into quarters, sprinkle with olive oil, sea-salt and pepper and fresh thyme.  Half an aubergine, cut small squares in it without cutting the skin, drizzle with olive oil, sea-salt and pepper and oregano.  Roast all at 200oC for 40 mins or until done.

 

Quick and tasty broccoli muffins

Broccoli muffin

Mix the following in a blender, pour into paper cupcake cups and bake at 200oC for 40 mins or until beautifully golden brown.  I thought this would make a great healthy and fun variation on the broccoli patties by baking rather than frying them.

  • 2 boiled (or shh… microwaved) potatoes
  • 300g steamed broccoli
  • 100 g grated cheese of your choice
  • 2 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1.5 tsp sea salt
  • fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 6 tbs ground flaxseed – for a great healthy twist

Serve with fresh green salad and a side mix of half ketchup, half mayo – although I found the muffins tasty enough not to require the latter.