Flavour of the Month – March: Easter Picnic Treats

 
With the Spring sunshine fast approaching, we have created some perfect Easter picnic treats for you to pack up and take along to the park with your friends. You can enjoy these recipes hot or cold and they are easily transportable. Fun and easy to prepare, they are suitable to make with children*, so give them a go with your friends and family!

* Easter Nests were tried and tested on a 9 year old; he was very keen to help…but only because there was chocolate involved!

 

Healthy Easter Nests

Savoury Protein Muffins: Smoked Salmon, Feta & Dill Egg

Healthy Caprese Kebabs

 
 
 

Healthy Easter Nests

 
Easter nests
 
(Makes 12 nests)
Shelf life: 3-5 days
 
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: N/A
Total time: 15 minutes

 

Ingredients

100g dark chocolate (70% cocoa content)
60g cornflakes
30g flaked almonds
1tbsp flaxseed
1tbsp hemp seeds
1tbsp honey (for vegan option substitute with maple syrup)
12 cup cake cases
 
You can add whichever superfoods you wish; another great option would be a teaspoon of maca powder. Hemp seeds and flaxseeds are loaded with fibre, protein and omega 3, and are very subtle in taste so you can enjoy a sweet treat whilst also getting some nutritional benefits!

 

Decorations

Livia’s Kitchen Biccy Boms/Nugglets
Speckled chocolate eggs
Or any topping of your choice!

 

Method

  1. Combine the cornflakes, almonds, flaxseeds and hemp seeds in a large mixing bowl and stir together.
  2. Break the chocolate into a heatproof bowl and add the honey.  Add a little boiling water to a saucepan and heat until simmering. Place the bowl over the simmering water (but don’t allow the base of the bowl to touch the water). Heat until the chocolate has melted.
  3. Add the melted chocolate to the mixing bowl and stir all the ingredients together.
  4. Divide the mixture into cases and decorate with toppings of your choice.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or leave overnight for the mixture to set.

 

Tip

If the chocolate is not runny enough, add a tiny bit of milk to the pan, to smooth it out.
 

 
 
 

Smoked Salmon, Feta & Dill Egg Protein Muffins

 
Savoury muffins
(Makes 6 muffins)
Shelf life: 3 days
 
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes

 

Ingredients

6 free range medium eggs
80g smoked salmon
30g feta
30g mushrooms, finely chopped
4 tbsp cooked quinoa
2 green stalks of spring onion, finely chopped
2 large handfuls of spinach
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 tbsp olive oil
1 large handful of cherry tomatoes
1/2 sprig of fresh dill, leaves finely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Muffin cups

 

Method

    Cooking savoury muffinsPre-heat oven to 180 degrees.
  1. In a medium frying pan, heat the olive oil and sauté the mushrooms, spring onions and minced garlic until golden brown.>
  2. Whisk the eggs in a medium size bowl. Add the spinach, cherry tomatoes, dill, quinoa, mushrooms, spring onion and garlic. Stir well.
  3. Crumble ½ (15g) the feta into the bowl.
  4. Distribute the mixture evenly between the muffin cups.
  5.  Chop the smoked salmon into small pieces and divide it evenly between the cups. Mix in gently with a knife.
  6. Crumble the remaining feta (15g) on top of each of the muffin cups.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown on top.

 
Enjoy whilst hot, or store in the fridge and heat for 2 minutes before eating, or enjoy cold!

 
 
 

Healthy Caprese Kebabs

Caprese kebabs
 
(Makes 15-20 sticks)
Shelf life: 3 days
 
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: N/A
Total time: 10 minutes

 

Ingredients

100g mini beetroot balls
100g mozzarella balls & sundried tomatoes (we love the M&S ones)
100g cherry tomatoes
2tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 handful of fresh basil
Cocktail sticks
 
You could also include some protein on these skewers, such as smoked salmon or prosciutto.
For a vegan option, use beetroot, basil and cherry tomatoes.

 

Method

  1. Gently slide your chosen ingredients on to each cocktail stick; get creative with the combinations!
  2. Garnish with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and enjoy!

 
Caprese kebabs 2
 
 

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