Entrees and Starters

Broccoli and Cauiliflower Soup

I love cooking soup in the thermomix.  It is minimal effort for a great result.  This is a delicious soup – full of veggies – you can just feel the goodness when you eat it.  Feel free to add other veggies if you like (and maybe not as much pepper as I used!!)

Broccoli & Cauiliflower Soup

 

Ingredients

Bunch of parsley

1 onion

20g oil

2 heads broccoli, broken into florets

1 head cauliflower, broken into florets

750g water

2 tablespoons stock concentrate

200ml cream

Method

Place parsley in bowl and chop for 10 seconds on speed 8.  Set aside

Place onion in thermomix bowl and chop for 5 seconds on speed 5

Add oil and cook for 2.5 minutes at 100°C on speed 1

Add broccoli and cauliflower and chop for 30 seconds on speed 6, using the spatula

Add water and stock concentrate and cook for 25 minutes at 100ºC on speed 2

At the end of cooking time, gradually increase speed  over 30 seconds to speed 8

Mix for 15 seconds on speed 4 while slowly pouring cream in through lid

Serve with cracked pepper and parsley

Serves: 6

Approximate calories per serve: 190

By |May 31st, 2013|Entrees and Starters, Main Meals, Soups|0 Comments

Veggie Fritters with Salsa

These little fritters are really yummy and have lots of hidden veggies.  I am always looking for different things to add to my kids’ lunch boxes, and these go down a treat.  They aren’t so keen on the salsa, but the fritters are lovely with it, so it is a snack that pleases the kids plus the adults!

Veggie Fritters

Ingredients

1 carrot, peeled and roughly chopped

1 zucchini, roughly chopped

120g can corn, drained

50g butter

125g milk

110g SR Flour

2 eggs

Oil for frying

Salsa Ingredients

1 tomato

1 avocado

½ small red onion

½ lime – juiced

chopped coriander or basil

Lime Yoghurt Ingredients

½ lime – juiced and zested

150g greek natural yoghurt

Method

Salsa

The salsa works better if you chop all ingredients finely by hand.  Mix all ingredients and keep refrigerated until needed

Yoghurt

Mix all ingredients together and keep refrigerated until needed

Fritters

Place carrot into thermomix bowl and chop for 4 seconds on speed 5.  Add zucchini and chop for 2 seconds on speed 5.  Set aside in a bowl and add corn to carrot and  zucchini

No need to rinse bowl, add butter and melt for 1 minute at 50ºC on speed 2

Add milk, flour and eggs and mix for 5 seconds on speed 4

Add vegetable mix and mix for 20 seconds at reverse on speed 2 to combine

Heat oil in pan, and when heated place heaped tablespoons of mixture and cook until bubbles appear on the surface of the fritter.  Turn and cook until golden (a minute or so)

Serve fritters with salsa and yoghurt

Serves 6

Approximate calories per serve: 330

 

Steamed Dumplings

When I first got my thermomix, we had just returned from a holiday to Beijing, so one of the first things I made was the delicious steamed dumplings we had been enjoying on our holiday. These aren’t  the doughy ones, they are light and healthy you will need to make a lot as you wont be able to stop eating them!

Steamed Dumplings

Ingredients

4 spring onions

2 cloves of garlic

55 g bamboo shoots

300g pork mince (or mince your own first)

10 g Chinese rice wine

¼ teaspoon white pepper

¾ teaspoon sesame oil

30 fresh wonton wrappers

Method

Mince pork if using pork steak (close lid and turbo 3 – 4 times).  Set aside

Place spring onions, garlic and bamboo shoots into bowl and chop for 5 seconds on speed 5

Add pork mince, Chinese rice wine, white pepper and sesame oil and select closed lid then press turbo 3 – 4 times to combine

Place 1 wonton wrapper on bench, brush edges with water then place 1 teaspoon of mince mixture in the middle of the wrapper, then fold wonton wrapper in half to make a triangle.  Fold the top corner over, then twist the side corners once and fold to the opposite side to enclose the filling.  Use extra water to stick the edges together if needed.  You can work with a few wrappers at once to save time.  I laid out 6 wrappers, brushed them with water, placed mince in the middle of each wrapper then folded each one.

There are heaps of different ways of folding the dumplings and it is probably easiest to do a search on “folding wonton wrappers’ on the internet to find a style that suits you.

As you finish each dumpling place them on the Varoma tray in a single layer.  You will probably need to use the Varoma dish as well.

Once all dumplings are wrapped, add 900g water in bowl, place lid on top without MC, place Varoma tray and dish on then Varoma lid on top.  Set for 15 minutes at Varoma Temperature on speed 4

Once cooked, place on a serving tray and serve with a dipping sauce.  I have some delicious dipping sauce recipes here, or you could try your own.

Serves: 30

Approximate calories per dumpling: 30