Baked plums with yogurt

Desserts are coming back! These are the last days of plum season, so today I offer you to catch this last train and prepare an exquisite, healthy, easy-to-cook, and astonishingly looking dessert: baked plums with yogurt and nuts. It was designed to surprise: hot spicy plums, cold Greek yogurt, and crunchy nutty topping create a mesmerizing symphony of tastes and textures, with cinnamon warming your autumn heart and low calories count making you happier and happier when you realize that you can enjoy it as much as you’d like! Moreover, you can cook all the parts of the dessert beforehand and only warm the plums before serving. So, treat yourself, amaze your guests, and cook, cook, cook!

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Salmon baked with dill and potatoes

Salmon is considered to be an exquisite and upper-class delicious fish, and it’s important to cook it well. This baked dish is just ideal: creamy potatoes, soft baked onions and nourishing fresh fish accented with dill and lemon – an ideal rustic dinner when all you want is hearty mouth-watering home food, but not meat. Properly served it can as well make for a celebratory dinner. You must try it!

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Rice with baked vegetables

Have you ever tried to bake rice? This baked rice is just wonderful for cool autumn months; it combines the freshness and juiciness of baked vegetables with the earthy, warm aroma of spices to make something perfectly hearty and heartening. Besides, it’s a real fitness recipe – very low on calories and light for digestion. And as a bonus, it’s extremely easy to cook – just put everything in the oven and relax. It even doesn’t require any salad – the abundance of baked vegetables does its a bit. So, give it a try!

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Vegetable tart

Summer-autumn season is rich not only in fruit but also vegetables. Hence, today I offer you to try this really incredible vegetable tart (or quiche) that includes all the summer vegetables: courgettes, aubergine, bell pepper and onion. It combines soft baked vegetables balanced by creamy cheese-egg mixture and wraps them in a crunchy cottage cheese basis, mmm…! And seasoned with fragrant basil the pie becomes exquisite indeed! Upgrade your dinner!

You’ll need:
200 g cottage cheese
200 g chilled butter, diced
300 g flour
1 tsp salt
For filling:
200 g Feta cheese
2 eggs
2 garlic cloves, peeled
2 tbsp sour cream
1 small aubergine, peeled, sliced
½ zucchini or courgette, sliced
1 bell pepper
1 onion, peeled, cut into 8 parts
30 g hard cheese, grated
2 branches of basil, only leaves
Salt to taste

Springform baking tin 24-26 cm
1. Put all the ingredients for the dough in a food processor and blend until lumps appear. If you don’t have a food processor, roughly grate butter and put it in the fridge for an hour. Then, mix all the dry ingredients, add the butter and pulverize the mixture with your hands.
2. Press the lumps together to make a ball, wrap it in cling film and put it in the fridge for 1-2 hours.
3. Put sliced aubergine and courgette in a bowl, salt them generously and let them rest for 10 min. Then, rinse the vegetables in cold water and dry them with paper towel.
4. Pour some oil in a big frying pan and put it on high heat. Slightly fry the aubergine and courgette both sides (only until they begin to brown!). Do the same with slices of onion.
5. Pre-heat oven to 190 o C.
6. Roll the dough out thinly and put it in the baking tin. Prick the bottom all over with a fork.
7. Put the parchment paper in the baking tin, and then put the beans or ceramic beads inside. Put the base in the oven and bake it for 10 min.
8. Put the bell pepper next to the tin in the oven and bake it simultaneously until slightly softened (15-25 min).
9. Meanwhile, put Feta cheese, eggs, sour cream, and garlic in a food processor and blend until homogeneity.
10. Take the tin out of the oven and remove the parchment paper and ceramic beads.
11. Take the bell pepper out of the oven as well and cover it with a lid or foil for 5 min. After this time, peel the pepper and cut it into strips.
12. Pour the cheese mixture onto the base, and spread the onions, aubergine and courgette evenly inside. Spread the strips of pepper atop everything and sprinkle the pie with hard cheese.
13. Bake until the tart turns golden brown, 25-35 min, depending on your oven.
14. Take the tart out of the oven and sprinkle it with basil. Serve immediately!

Bon appetite!