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Crispy greek pie (vegetarian)

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

I'm a bit of a pastry fiend. I love the crunchy texture and the way it flakes when you bite into it but it's not the healthiest of food to eat so usually when I'm dieting I try my best to stay away. However, I found this tasty recipe which has pastry AND cheese and is not so bad for you. It feel like a treat. It also contains spinach, which as a vegetarian who struggles with eating enough iron, is always good!

Oh, and it tastes bloody amazing!! I tried to describe how it tastes but I honestly can't do it justice. Imagine the most amazing tomatoey pizza topping you've ever had, mix it with crunchy pastry… something like that. Nomnomnom.

INGREDIENTS:
makes 4 servings

200g spinach leaves
175g jar of sun dried tomatoes in oil
100g feta cheese
2 eggs
1 pack of filo pasty (you won't use it all - I used 3 sheets)

I actually just made half of the recipe which made two servings, although I think this would be the perfect thing to take into work for lunch and just eating a quarter of it along with some salad would give you a filling lunch. It tastes good cold, but when you re-heat it, it goes extra crispy mmmm.


1. Put your spinach into a large pan and pour a few spoonfuls of water over it and cook on a low heat until it just begins to wilt. Make sure you don't let it wilt fully as it will wilt even more when baking and you'll be left with nothing.


2. Chop up your sun dried tomatoes and crumble your feta whilst waiting on your spinach to wilt. You don't have to follow the suggested amounts by all means. I used less cheese and more tomatoes.


3. Put everything into a bowl, crack your eggs over it and mix until everything is all gooey and coated in egg. It really doesn't look that appealing at this point, but don't let that put you off! You actually don't taste the egg at all once it's cooked.


4. Unwrap your filo pastry and (gently, it's very delicate!) take one piece out and lay it to the side. Cover the un-used pastry with a few damp pieces of kitchen towel to stop it drying out. Now using a pastry brush, brush some of the oil from your sundried tomatoes over the pastry. Oil side down, drape the pastry in to your tin, leaving pieces overhanging at the sides. Repeat this step a few times until you have around 3 layers of pastry. (Please notice my nasty burn scar - This is why you should always use oven gloves and never use a flimsy towel instead!)


5. Almost finished! Spoon in your filling, spread it out and fold the pastry in and give it a final brush with some sundried tomato oil on top. Now put it in the oven, at gas mark 4, for 30 minutes or until golden on top. Et voila - delicious dinner which feels really naughty but actually isn't that bad!



Per serving:
250 kcalories, protein 13g, carbohydrate 23g, fat 13 g, saturated fat 5g, fibre 3g, sugar 5g, salt 0.3 g
7 pro points on the Weight Watchers plan.

Tip: Take iron and vitamin C together. The presence of vitamin C can increase iron's absorption by as much as 30 percent. A glass of orange juice is the perfect drink to have along with this meal.

20 comments:

  1. love!
    going to bookmark this and make it next week :D xx

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  2. Mmmm this sounds delicious! It would be good if you could collect all of these lovely recipes into a separate page within the blog maybe?
    xx

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  3. What a fab idea ScienceGeek!!
    This looks yummy and only 7 points on the Weight Watchers plan. mmmmmmmmm xx

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  4. I'm not a huge fan of feta, ( hate vinegar) anyone got an alternatives to feta for this?

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  5. Hope you like it Rosie! :)

    ScienceGeek - There's some tags down at the bottom right and we've got one for recipes, and one for vegetarian so that should make them easy to find. :)

    It is lovely Gem, thanks for working out the points!

    Jasmine - I think it's the texture of feta that really made it for me. Might be good with halloumi or goats cheese. Non vegetarians could always add some meat to it as well.

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  6. Looks SO good! The only thing is I don't like feta cheese, so would probably have to use something else! xx

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  7. @Charlene I think I might try ricotta or mozerella :)

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  8. oh this sounds and looks yummy, definitely going to have to give it a try in the very near future :) so glad i'm going out for tea now (i'll try and be healthy) as this post has made me ridiculously hungry! x

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  9. Hey girls!
    Just thought I would say how much I love this blog! :) It's such a fab idea! I wish I had something like this to help get me motivated to shift some weight!

    Keep it up :) you all look absolutely stunning

    lucy xx

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  10. This looks so tasty Charlene! I'm not a veggie but am definitely going to try it out, yum!

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  11. This looks amazinggg! Thank you so much for posting this :)
    I'm going to print it off and make it for my mum and I for Mothers Day, because this is exactly the kind of food she loves.
    xxx

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  12. Y-U-M!! I will suggest this to my mum for the weekend. It looks delish x

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  13. You guys have a great blog, I'm currently exercising like a mad women and trying to eat a lot healthier in a bid to tone up for the summer!
    This recipe looks lovely, definitely going to try it out!

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  14. another one i promise to try when i can face eating anything again! :)

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  15. Oooh okie doke, thanks Charlene :)
    xx

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  16. You had me at sun dried tomatoes...i'm an addict! x

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  17. I made it with ricotta and it was pretty tasty might try it with a different kind of sun dried toamto as they were a bit overpowering

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  18. Making this tomorrow for dinner then another for lunch the next day. Brilliant recipe - keep 'em coming ladies! x

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  19. i made this really easy dish for tea the other night and it was a right success! it's on my blog now =)

    http://chefchipmunk.blogspot.com/2011/12/midweek-two-courser-crispy-greek-pie.html

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