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How to get children to eat vegetables? Simple, try using them as the main ingredient to prepare tasty Cauliflower patties. Because we know that patties are always very popular with children, so they won’t be able to say no to this vegetarian version.

The only challenge is to handle these patties gently because they are softer than their meat-based sisters, which you can still use to hide other vegetables, as is the case with my Spinach meatballs.

Cauliflower patties

7.79g carbohydrates per 100g

Ingredients

  • 400g cauliflower
  • 60g Pecorino cheese, grated
  • 40g breadcrumbs**
  • 30g capers
  • 30g extra virgin olive oil
  • 20g parsley
  • 1 egg
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • salt, pepper and olive oil

**Ingredients specific for celiacs

*Ingredients whose labels must read “gluten-free” (or, in Italy, present on  Prontuario AIC)

Preparation

  1. Boil the cauliflower in salted water until soft. Drain and sauté it in a pan with extra virgin olive oil and garlic. Let it cool, then remove the garlic and blend the cauliflower in a food processor with capers and parsley. Add egg, Pecorino and Parmesan cheese to obtain a rather firm mixture.

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  1. Put a few tablespoons of oil in a non-stick frying pan, form patties, roll them in breadcrumbs and brown them on both sides.

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They are excellent served both hot and cold.

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Version with gluten of Cauliflower patties

Replace the gluten-free breadcrumbs with standard breadcrumbs.

Vegetables are the biggest challenge for us as parents: preparing them in a tasty and appetising way to win children over is not always easy. The Three-colour flan can be a winning idea as it contains some of children’s favourite vegetable ingredients, namely potatoes, pumpkin and carrots.

Given the richness of potatoes and pumpkin in carbohydrates, as well as the presence of cheese and egg, the Three-colour flan can be eaten as a one-course meal, quenching even the most insatiable appetites.

Furthermore, you can also use this wonderful dish as a side dish or, why not, a main course to propose during a dinner with friends with vegetarian preferences, perhaps combined with a Ratatouille.

Three-colour flan

9.54g carbohydrates per 100g

Ingredients

  • 800g potatoes
  • 700g courgettes
  • 400g pumpkin
  • 300g carrots
  • 100g Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, grated
  • 25g butter
  • 10g breadcrumbs**
  • 1 egg
  • to taste salt, pepper, oil

**Ingredients specific for celiacs

Preparation

  1. Boil the potatoes and mash them in a potato masher, then season with a knob of butter, half of the Parmesan cheese and egg. Boil the carrots and mash them too. Steam the pumpkin and thinly sliced courgettes with a little oil and salt. Once the pumpkin is cooked, repeat the operation with a potato masher, add the carrots, a little Parmesan cheese, salt to taste, and complete the mixture with some mashed potatoes.
  2. Form a layer of courgettes on the bottom of an oven-proof dish and sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan cheese. Cover everything with the pumpkin mixture, press well and top with a layer of mashed potatoes.
  3. Dust the surface with a little breadcrumbs, put a few tufts of butter on top and bake au gratin in the oven at 200°C for about 20 minutes, until a nice crust has formed. Serve the flan warm or lukewarm.
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Three-colour flan

 

Version with gluten of Three-colour flan

Just replace the gluten-free breadcrumbs with standard ones.

Today’s recipe is vegetarian and very, very tasty: Quinoa pies with avocado, a dish I tasted, in a more American version, on one of my overseas business trips and wanted to adapt it to a more ‘Italian’ taste.

Simple, healthy ingredients for a dish that is perfect as an appetiser, focusing on lightness without sacrificing taste. If you like quinoa, try also Quinoa surprises.

Get ready!

Quinoa pies with avocado

carbohydrates 14.84g per 100g without mozzarella and mustard chutney

 Ingredients

  • 95g avocado pulp (approx. ½ avocado)
  • 75g quinoa
  • 50g spring onion
  • 1 mint leaf
  • 1 sprig of parsley
  • extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, buffalo mozzarella, apricot mustard chutney*, valerian

*Ingredients whose labels must read “gluten-free” (or, in Italy, present on Prontuario AIC)

Preparation

  1. Cook the quinoa for about 15 minutes in lightly salted water (usually twice its weight), then leave to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, in a non-stick pan, soften the finely chopped spring onion on low heat. In a bowl, mash the avocado pulp with a fork and add chopped mint and parsley. Season the cooked quinoa with the avocado cream, add the cooked spring onion and, finally, season with salt and pepper.
  3. Using a pastry cutter, form a disc of quinoa directly on the serving dish; accompany the flan with sliced buffalo mozzarella, a pinch of apricot mustard chutney and a few valerian leaves as decoration.

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Version with gluten of Quinoa pies with avocado

The recipe contains only naturally gluten-free ingredients, so no adaptation is necessary for its version with gluten.

The world-famous Disney cartoon Ratatouille has not only made famous the little mouse protagonist of the story, but also the traditional French dish around which Rémy’s adventures revolve: Ratatouille.

To us Italians, such a high-sounding name makes one think of a super-fine dish, perhaps rich in preparations and sauces, typical of transalpine cuisine. Instead, Ratatouille is a very simple recipe whose goodness lies in the balance of vegetables between them and the very few other ingredients present. In short, Remy was right to be surprised by such an unusual order for the famous restaurant whose kitchen he headed!

Such a simple and tasty preparation is perfect for our table, perhaps to be served with Turkey meatballs with Porcini mushrooms.

 

Ratatouille

6.15g carbohydrates per 100g

Ingredients

  • 600g aubergine
  • 450g courgettes
  • 400g cherry tomatoes
  • 350g yellow and red pepper
  • 120g onions
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 clove garlic
  • extra virgin olive oil, salt

Preparation

  1. Cut the aubergines into cubes and place them in a colander, sprinkling them with salt so that their bitter liquid drains out. Meanwhile, cut the courgettes into rounds, the peppers into pieces, the onion into slices and the cherry tomatoes into halves.

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  1. In a wok, or a large non-stick frying pan, cook first the courgettes and peppers separately in a few tablespoons of oil, then finish off with the onion and cherry tomatoes; then add all the vegetables and sauté with a bay leaf and a clove of garlic.
  2. Adjust salt and pepper.

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Version with gluten of Ratatouille

The recipe contains only naturally gluten-free ingredients, so no adaptation is necessary for its version with gluten.

Today we revisited a great classic of summer cuisine to turn it into a Travel Caprese.

The recipe we are proposing, however, is a ‘travel’ version, because the mozzarella enclosing a tasty little surprise reminds us so much of suitcases, which almost always contain something to eat… at least ours!

The concept of the small surprise is also found in Supplì Viva l’Italia.

But in particular, this Caprese can be a perfect idea to prepare when about to leave on a trip, so with little time for cooking!

Travel Caprese

negligible carbohydrates per 100g

Ingredients

  • 4 mozzarellas of cow’s milk or buffalo milk (I got the 250g ones)
  • 80g ripe tomatoes
  • 80g drained tuna
  • 8 pitted olives*
  • salt and basil

*Ingredients whose labels must read “gluten-free” (or, in Italy, present on  Prontuario AIC)

Preparation

  1. Cut the mozzarellas so that they are divided into two parts, one of which is to serve as the lid.  Then cut the tomatoes into pieces, remove the seeds, salt them and make sure they release part of their water.
  2. Using a knife, empty the inside of the larger half of the mozzarella and lightly salt the inside, then fill it with tomato pieces, drained tuna, olives cut in half and basil.

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  1. Put the mozzarella lid on and, if necessary, fix it with a toothpick and garnish with a basil leaf. Use the inside of Mozzarellas to prepare a salad or to top a pizza.

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Version with gluten of Travel Caprese

The recipe contains only naturally gluten-free ingredients, so no adaptation is necessary for its version with gluten.

Were we looking forward to summer? Well, with it also the dreaded heat has arrived! And to combat it, we recommend a simple, fresh and very tasty dish, a great classic to which we have added our personal touch: Octopus and chickpea salad with balsamic vinegar, a perfect mix of fish, vegetables, pulses and lightness.

If you love salads, try this Legumotti salad with caramelised Tropea onion.

Here’s what you need to prepare it!

Octopus and chickpea salad with balsamic vinegar

6.71g carbohydrates per 100g

Ingredients

  • 1kg fresh octopus, gutted (500g cooked)
  • 230g cooked chickpeas (I used canned chickpeas*)
  • 200g ripe tomatoes
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 2 small carrots
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 1 onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • extra virgin olive oil, salt, Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, parsley

*Ingredients whose labels must read “gluten-free” (or, in Italy, present on  Prontuario AIC)

Preparation

  1. Place the octopus in a slightly high-sided pan, add water so that it is more than half covered, then top with a celery stalk, carrots, parsley, onion and garlic; cover and simmer for 45 minutes.

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  1. Once it is ready, drain it and let it cool. Remove most of the skin, cut it into pieces and then add the chickpeas and chopped tomatoes.
  2. Season to taste with a pinch of salt, extra virgin olive oil and Balsamic Vinegar of Modena. We added the parsley only as a garnishing, but you can also put a sprinkling of it in the salad dressing.

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Version with gluten of Octopus and chickpea salad with balsamic vinegar

The recipe contains only naturally gluten-free ingredients, so no adaptation is necessary for its version with gluten.

This past weekend was another very intense one, full of excitement and satisfaction. We were in Lucignano, in the province of Arezzo, for the final of the Risate&Risotti Contest. In the kitchen, I had to invent a recipe with the ingredients found in the mystery box. The result? My Tuscan Risotto.

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The result was a fantastic risotto made with simple ingredients that feature the flavours of Tuscany… hence the name Tuscan risotto.

We won’t tell you anything in advance about the tale of these two days of cooking, good food and lots of laughs, you will find the story in the next post. Today we want to reveal the recipe that has given us so much satisfaction!

Tuscan risotto

25g carbohydrates per 100g risotto without bread croutons

Ingredients

  • 1.3 litres of previously prepared meat stock
  • 320g Maremma rice
  • 120g Pecorino Toscano cheese
  • 120g green part of courgette (approx. 2 large courgettes)
  • 50g bread** Tuscan type
  • 40g slices of Tuscan bacon*
  • 40g cherry tomatoes
  • 30g spring onions
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 30g butter
  • extra virgin olive oil, meat stock, salt and pepper

**Ingredients specific for celiacs

*Ingredients whose labels must read “gluten-free” (or, in Italy, present on  Prontuario AIC)

Preparation

  1. Wilt the finely chopped spring onion in a saucepan with a little oil and the garlic clove. Add the green part of the courgettes, cut with a coarse grater, and a ladle of stock to cook the vegetables.
  2. In the meantime, remove the crust from the bread and cut it into cubes. Put a little oil in a non-stick frying pan, add the chopped cherry tomatoes, sauté them, then add the bread, a pinch of salt and pepper and fry until crispy.
  3. In another non-stick pan, put the bacon in pieces so that it becomes crispy.
    Toast the rice in the saucepan with the courgettes after removing the clove of garlic (I took 3 minutes to have transparent rice grains with a white part in the centre), then start cooking the rice with hot stock. When it is still al dente, add the grated Pecorino cheese and stir in the cold butter.
    Plate and serve with a sprinkling of toasted bread and crispy bacon.

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I repeated this risotto at home and did not have sliced bacon on hand, so I used 60g of diced bacon sautéed in the non-stick pan without adding anything to make it slightly crispy.

Warmer and longer days lead us to have the desire to organise aperitifs with friends, outdoor dinners or parties.
We are well aware of this, in fact the recipe we recommend today will not only serve as an accompaniment to sauces, deli meats or snacks, but also as a tasty afternoon snack: Maxi teff crackers.

Crispy, fragrant, tasty and easy to prepare… let’s see how!

Maxi teff crackers

65.12g carbohydrates per 100g

Ingredients

  • 150g gluten-free bread flour mix, brand Schär Mix B**
  • 150g water
  • 100g wholemeal rice flour*
  • 50g corn flour*
  • 50g teff flour*
  • 30g extra virgin olive oil
  • 7g fine salt
  • 3g brewer’s yeast

**Ingredients specific for celiacs

*Ingredients whose labels must read “gluten-free” (or, in Italy, present on  Prontuario AIC)

Preparation

  1. Mix together all the ingredients, except the oil, to form a smooth, even dough.

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2. Roll it out into very thin layers and cut into long, rather wide rectangles as desired; then place them on a baking tin covered with a sheet of baking paper, prick the surface with a fork and brush it with oil.

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  1. If you wish, you can sprinkle the surface with sesame seeds or other seeds and herbs.
    Bake in a static oven preheated to 200°C for 10-15 minutes until crispy.

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Now you can serve them!
Our tip: try them with Chickpea hummus!