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Pumpkin, Leek & Sprouting Broccoli Quiche

| February 23, 2012

This recipe is for a vegetarian no pastry quiche with ricotta and sweet roasted pumpkin. It’s colourful, tasty and a great way for the family to get 2 of their 5 a day.

It’s packed full of healthy goodness and is versatile for families as it can be eaten at anytime of the day, hot or cold. I use organic vegetables as these taste better and are grown without chemicals.

As an alternative to sprouting broccoli, this quiche can be made with baby spinach.

Pumpkin, Leek & Sprouting Broccoli No Pastry Quiche

Serves 4

Preparation Time 10 minutes

Cooking Time 45 minutes

700g butternut pumpkin, peeled and cut into 2 cm pieces
Olive oil
1 leek, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
100g sprouting broccoli (or baby spinach leaves)
4 eggs
2 egg whites
60ml (1/4 cup) skim milk
80g (1/3 cup) fresh low-fat ricotta
1/3 cup fresh basil leaves
Mixed salad leaves, to serve

Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C for fan ovens).

Line a large baking tray with non-stick baking paper. Place the pumpkin on the lined tray and spray with olive oil. Bake in oven for 25 minutes or until golden.

Chop the sprouting broccoli into 2 cm pieces. Place in a pan with water and boil for 2 minutes. Drain.

Heat a large non-stick frying pan with a little olive oil over medium heat. Add the leek and cook for 5 minutes or until soft, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute or until soft. Add the sprouting broccoli and stir for 1 minute (or if adding baby spinach, stir for 3 minutes or until the spinach wilts).

Line a 26cm x 16cm (base measurement) baking dish with non-stick baking paper. Spread the pumpkin and leek mixture evenly over the base of the pan.

Whisk the eggs, egg whites and milk in a jug. Pour the egg mixture evenly over the pumpkin and leek. Sprinkle the ricotta evenly over the vegetables.

Bake for 25 minutes or until puffed and golden. Sprinkle with basil.

Enjoy the quiche on its own or serve with mixed salad leaves.

Leek and Potato Soup

| February 23, 2012

This is such an easy recipe for a really nutritious meal. I make this soup using all organic vegetables, they’re free from chemicals so better for your family and the soup will taste delicious.

This Leek and Potato Soup recipe can be prepared in 10 minutes and within 30 minutes you’ll be sitting down and enjoying ladles of hearty, warm and filling soup.

Serve with some crusty bread on the side for lunch and the family will be full until dinner time.

Leek and Potato Soup

Serves 4

Preparation Time 10 minutes

Cooking Time 30 minutes

50g (2 oz) butter
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
3 large leeks, chopped
3 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
900ml vegetable stock
Small handful chopped fresh parsley
Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Melt the butter in a large saucepan on medium heat and sauté the garlic and onions for a few minutes, stirring frequently.

Add the remaining ingredients and bring to the boil. Simmer for 30 minutes. Purée soup with a hand blender.

Serve with fresh crusty bread.

Healthy Eating for Families

| February 7, 2012

As a Nutritional Advisor I’m passionate about healthy eating, nutrition, organic produce and getting back to nature.

Food should be fun, natural and fresh. Healthy eating ensures you get all the right nutrients from your food to provide you with the best possible health and wellbeing.

Riverford is my favourite choice for fresh, organic produce. There’s a fantastic selection of organic produce including veg, fruit, meat, cheese, bread, dairy and more. There’s free delivery on all of Riverford’s fruit, veg and meat box orders. Riverford grow their own and deliver only the best fresh organic produce across the UK.

My baby is in the process of weaning and we’re having great fun experimenting with fruit and veg. It’s hugely entertaining watching the expressions she makes as she tries something new, or if my latest recipe doesn’t taste quite as she expected! One of the great joys of being a parent is helping my baby learn about good nutrition, healthy eating and living well.

Riverford Organics have just launched their brand new iPhone app, with over 770 searchable recipes – inspired by their Field Kitchen restaurant and the recipes they write for their organic vegboxes. Check it out Riverford iPhone App.

Riverford are currently giving away a free copy of their bestselling book Riverford Farm Cook Book RRP £16.99 when you order one of their brilliant veg boxes.

The Riverfood Farm Cook Book is full of original recipes and is a wonderful companion to your veg box, providing delicious recipes to bring out the best in your veg box.