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Lola loves… Easy spinach and ricotta pie

What you will need:
1x red onion, finely chopped
2x garlic cloves, crushed
250g spinach
250g (or one pot) ricotta
1x tsp nutmeg
Salt and pepper to taste
The special ingredient: choose from 1/2 pack feta, 3x hard boiled eggs or blue cheese to taste
Filo pastry
Cake tin (one with a removable base is best)
Olive oil spray (I used the spray device from Fry Light on a bottle of real oil)

Fry the diced onion and crushed garlic until the onion has softened. Add 250g of spinach to the pan and cook until it has wilted, then squeeze to drain it.

Mix in a pot of ricotta (about 250g or the same weight as the spinach). Add a teaspoon of nutmeg, a pinch of salt and a very generous grating of black pepper.

At this point you can add you special added ingredient. I chose half a pack feta  but hard-boiled eggs or a smaller amount of blue cheese would also work. Mix it well.

Next, spray oil on both sides of each sheet of filo (I used four), gently line the cake tin with them at a variety of angles, leaving the excess to hang over the sides. Whack your mix in and pile the excess filo on top allowing it to create peaks and folds that will crisp.

Cook for about 30 minutes at 180 degrees.


Lola loves… the scrummiest salad ever!

I know I’m hardly showing any culinary prowess with this one but that’s perhaps one of the reasons why I like — it’s so quick and easy — and did I mention that it’s scrummy?!

With summer coming I’m looking to shed a few pounds, which means looking for healthy and light meals — this one is my new favourite. It’s by far the tastiest salad I’ve eaten!

Roasted Sweet Potato, Red Onion and Feta Salad

What you will need:
Spinach
Red onion
Sweet potato
Seed mix (I used pumpkin, sunflower, linseed and flax)
Olive oil
A lime
Mint
Feta, diced

Peel your sweet potato and slice it into medallions. Par-boil for five to ten minutes. Meanwhile, peel and slice your red onion.  Pan fry both of these with a little olive oil until the onions are soft and the potato is browned.

While that’s cooking, mix your spinach, seeds and diced feta in a bowl.

Leave your potato and onion to cool slightly, then add those to the salad. Next add a sprinkle of chopped mint, a light splash of olive oil and the juice of half a lime. (I popped the rest in a bottle of beer to have with it — well, the salad cancels the beer out, no?)


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