This simple puff pastry tomato heart tart is ready in 20 minutes and couldn’t be easier to make! Layered with a quick spiced red pesto, fresh tomatoes, olives and vegan cheese it’s full of flavour with minimal effort. Perfect for a fuss-free romantic night in with your love, or a blissful night to yourself.…
Spinach falafel and flatbreads
Summer is in full swing on this side of the world and I’m loving all the summer food that comes with it. My favourite dish at this time of year has always been FALAFEL. I love how quick they are to prepare, the fact you can make a meal for four with one tin of chickpeas never ceases to amaze me. Serve with homemade flatbreads, hummus a big green salad and you have a feast that’s sure to please.
I think I’m yet to meet a person that doesn’t like falafel. They’re the ultimate crowd pleaser. Perfect for entertaining, I love having friends over and just filling the table with food and everybody helps themselves.
These falafel are even healthier than usual thanks to extra goodies like spinach, fresh parsley and chia seeds. The falafel take just over 30 mins to prepare, so if you don’t have time to prepare the flatbreads too, just grab some ready made pitta or wraps and away you go. You can also prepare these in advance and freeze them for quick meals. If you’re trying to keep your carb intake down, try adding them to a big salad or buddha bowl – super delicious!
If you a little more time spare, I highly recommend making these flatbreads. Just 10 minutes to put together, an hour to prove and you can make fresh, warm flatbreads to go with your falafel and hummus. Nothing beats the flavour or flatbreads fresh out the pan, trust me!
I highly recommend investing in a cast iron skillet if you don’t have one yet. They make for the crispiest falafel and get those lovely bubbles on the flatbread too. Plus a cast iron skillet will last you a lifetime if you look after it properly! If you don’t have one, just use a heavy bottomed frying pan if you can.
I’d love to hear if you try this recipe. Let me know below, pin it, or take a snap and tag me on Instagram @bos.kitchen. I also have a snazzy new app in case you haven’t checked it out yet – you can grab a load of my latest recipes there! www.boskitchen.app
Sending you all the sunshine and love! xoxoxo
Spinach falafel with flatbreads
- 2 cups spinach
- 1/2 cup parsley
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 can chickpeas
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tsp cumin, ground
- 2 tsp coriander, ground
- 1/4 tsp chilli powder, ground
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 cup gluten free flour
- 2 tbsp sunflower or veg oil
- 500 grams strong white flour
- 2 tsp sea salt
- 7 grams fast action yeast
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 300 ml water
- Mix flour, yeast, salt and oil in a large bowl and enough water to make a soft, kneadable dough. Knead well for 10 minutes or use a dough hook attachment on a mixer. Put in a lightly oiled bowl to rise for 1hr until doubled in size.
- Divide dough into 8 pieces. Roll to flatten slightly. Leave on a lightly floured baking tray to prove for 5 mins. Heat in a large skillet over a medium-high heat until bubbles appear, flip and repeat on the other side. It should take about 5 minutes in total.
- Add spinach, parsley and garlic cloves to a food processor and pulse until chopped. Add in all remaining ingredients apart from the gluten free flour and pulse until the mixture starts to come together. Don’t blend too long, as you need to be able to have a mixture that can form into a dough.
- Gradually add in gluten free flour, 2 tbsp at a time until the mixture is thick enough to form patties. Add a tbsp of flour more at a time if it’s still to soft. Set aside in the fridge to chill for ten minutes.
- Heat up a large skillet with 2 tbsp oil over a medium-high heat. Form falafel, I like to use a heaped tbsp measurement per falafel. Fry for 3-4 minutes each side, turning when golden.
Spinach pesto pasta with almond parmesan
Hey, friends! It’s been a hot minute since I posted here (will somebody please tell 2019 to slooooow down?!) so I’m back with brand spanking new recipes for you this month to make up for it!
This year I want to bring you more ‘real’ food. Food that I actually eat on the regs. There’s some dishes that I make every single week and this spinach pesto pasta is one of them. Not only is it ridiculously easy to prepare, it’s loaded with flavour, nutrients and fibre!…
Veggie gyoza (dumplings)
Hi friends! How is the first month of 2019 treatin’ ya? I hope you’re easing in slowly and enjoying the clean slate that the New Year brings. I’m not a huge fan of resolutions (every day is a chance to start again imo) but I do enjoy trying new things in January, especially if it involves food. As much as my body is down for kale salads and smoothies, it’s still very cold outside here and my body is craving something warm for dinner. That’s why I’m sharing my fave VEGGIE GYOZA recipe with you today. Everything is made from scratch and you probably already have all the ingredients in your cupboard! …
Say hello to my new favourite way to eat pumpkins – stuffed full of goodies! These little babes were sitting in my kitchen for the last couple of weeks and I was desperate to find a way to use them whilst keeping their pretty shapes in tact.
The whole thing is ready in the time it takes to cook the pumpkins, so around 45 minutes. Perfect for a midweek meal or a party with friends, they’re sure to be a talking point at the dinner table. I’m crushing on their little hats too, so cute!
They’d be great for Christmas or Thanksgiving, anything with cranberries and pomegranate always makes me feel like winter has arrived.
Sweet potato gnocchi in sage butter sauce
Have you tried gnocchi before? They’re little potato dumplings, ‘gnocchi’ means ‘lumps’ in Italian. How cute is that!? I love any dish that involves potatoes, especially sweet potatoes. These sweet potato gnocchi are covered in a sage butter sauce and sprinkled with a nutty hazelnut parmesan. Flavourful, hearty and wholesome, what more could you want? This dish is incredibly delicious and ticks ALL the comfort food boxes, perfect for November….
Roasted squash soup with crispy chickpeas
Is there anything more comforting when it’s cold outside than a big bowl of creamy soup and some big hunks of toast to dunk in? It’s one of the things I love most about the colder seasons. You can make soups in big batches and enjoy throughout the week for lunch, or freeze for quick meals in the evening. This squash soup is made with simple ingredients and couldn’t be easier to prepare! …
Wicked Kitchen Review – Caponata sourdough pizza – Tesco ad
This is a paid advertorial by Tesco – all opinions are my own
Hey, friends! How’s it going? It’s still chilly outside in the UK and I’m craving pizza at least once a week. I was beyond excited to have the chance to review this Caponata sourdough pizza. This isn’t just your regular veggie pizza. It’s wood-fired sourdough base, meaty savoury aubergine strips, juicy red peppers, salty caper caponata and a vibrant salsa verde. Sounds like a restaurant pizza, right? It’s from Tesco’s Wicked Kitchen range in collaboration with Derek Sarno. Their mission is all about promoting how delicious plants can be and ‘unleashing’ their flavour!…
Ultimate pizza dough
I love pizza. Who doesn’t though? It’s one of life’s great pleasures. I really enjoy making my own pizza dough, there’s something incredibly therapeutic about the process. I’m fairly fussy about the recipe though. Fluffy, puffy dough is where it’s at, just like you get at a proper pizza place. Don’t get me wrong, the gluten free, cauliflower crusted ones are yum too, but more often than not I’m drawn to the real thing.
I recently invested in a pizza stone so needed to find a worthy recipe for it. This one doesn’t disappoint, it really is the ULTIMATE pizza dough. It’s a wonderful texture, full of flavour and gives a satisfying amount of puff when cooked on a stone. You can make several small medium to thin crust pizzas, or a few large, thick based pizzas, I’ve included instructions for both. If you haven’t tried making your own yeasted dough, give this recipe a whirl and I promise you’ll want to make it again and again.
The reason this recipe works so well is due to the very small amount of yeast used, the high water content and the long proving time. Although the first batch will take you the best part of a day to make, I tend to whip up a big batch and freeze several dough balls so I won’t have to make it again for a few weeks. Using less yeast is easier on your digestion too, so there are some benefits to taking your time with this one!
If you’re into bread making, you’ve probably already got a dough scraper, but if you haven’t I can’t recommend one enough. My Mum surprised me with one in the post a few years ago now and told me it ‘only costs 20p’ but will ‘probably be the most useful thing you’ll ever receive’. I had no idea what it would be of course, but I soon realised how invaluable this little bit of plastic was. You can use it to knead very wet dough, saving you time washing off sticky dough from your fingers. It also removes any excess dough from your kitchen counter tops in a jiffy (if you’ve ever tried to scrub off dried dough from the counter you’ll know how time consuming this can be). If you want one, this is the exact one I use. The pizza stone I use is here, it even comes with a peel – essential for quickly transferring your pizza to the oven.
I topped this pizza with a basic marinara sauce, sweet bite peppers, red onions, courgette ribbons and fresh thyme and basil. I really don’t miss the cheese at all, but if you’re looking for a great plant based cheese you can make at home, check out my friend Nathalie’s fabulous chèvre cheese recipe here.
If you try this recipe, I’d love to hear what you think! Please do leave me a comment below, or take a snap and tag me on Instagram (@bos.kitchen).
Happy pizza making,
- 1kg strong white bread flour
- 700g water
- 15g salt
- 2g yeast
- Throw all ingredients into a bowl and knead well for around 10 minutes. Use a dough scraper to knead it if you have one. Turn and knead briefly for a couple of minutes every 10 minutes for an hour.
- After an hour, stretch dough out with your hands and return back to the bowl. Leave to rise for at least 4-6 hours.
- Divide dough into 6 balls to make individual medium base pizzas, or 4 balls to make larger pizzas. Leave shaped balls for another hour to rise.
- Wrap any dough balls you aren't using up in oiled clingfilm and freeze. Heat up pizza stone or baking tray for at least 15 minutes in your oven, at the hottest temperature (mine will go to about 220•c).
- If you have a pizza peel, dust well with flour and stretch the dough out with your hands to form a rough base. Try to get the dough under 1.5cm thick for a medium base pizza. Top pizza and use peel to slide onto preheated pizza stone. Cook until golden and puffed up, usually about 8 minutes.
Herby flatbreads with pink pickles
Happy May! It’s cold and cloudy here in the UK, but this isn’t stopping me from entering full on summer mode. A girl can pretend right? I’ve been working hard to develop some more savoury recipes for you guys, as I realise I have about a million sweet recipes and I do eat more than just parfaits and unicorn food. …