Vegetable Cheddar Muffins with Spring Nettles and Wild Garlic

26.04.2012

Waxing lyrical about the benefits of nettles is easy, especially in the spring, as these 'wonderful weeds' contain so much goodness. Packed with minerals like iron, potassium and magnesium which help when we are stressed, nettles make a great spring tonic and blood builder for those with low iron levels.

6 regular sized or 12 -16 mini muffins

Ingredients:

  • 225g gluten free flour (try Dove's Farm)
  • 1 teaspoon gluten free baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 35 g cheddar cheese - grated
  • 1 small onion- chopped
  • 1 carrot- grated
  • small handful of vegetables such as small broccoli florettes, grated courgette, spinach or other vegetables
  • small gloved handful of nettles top 4 leaves, rinsed
  • 2 or 3 wild garlic leaves, rinsed and chopped (try substituting 2 TBS other herbs chives, parsley, thyme, rosemary) if not available
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or butter
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup plain yogurt
  • salt, pepper to taste

Method:

Preheat the oven to 400F (200C).

Line the muffin tin with muffin cups or parchment squares.

Heat butter in a frying pan, add onion and carrot and cook for few a minutes until soft. Add remaining vegetables, nettles and wild garlic or herbs. Cook for 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and process in a food processor or chop finely by hand.

Sift the flour, baking powder and baking soda together in a bowl.

In a separate bowl whisk egg and mix in yogurt, cheese, vegetable mixture, salt, pepper. Mix the liquid ingredients into the flour mixture and mix just until it comes together. Add a little more yogurt if the dough is too thick. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups filling to the top.

Bake for about 20 minutes until the muffins are golden and risen and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. For mini muffins, check after 15 minutes.

Kids:

If you thought nettles were just bothersome weeds, this may change your mind. Help with the recipe by picking the nettles. Of course wear gloves, choose carefully where you pick them-away from a lot of traffic, pollution or places people walk their dogs. If they grow in your own garden, that is often a good place to pick them. Eat these muffins when you have a lot of school work to do, the nettles will help you cope. .

If you know where places wild garlic grows, you can also pick this for the recipe. Like ordinary garlic, it is good for the immune system, especially if you are very busy. As it only grows in the early spring, pick some extra-wash it, chop it and freeze it in a plastic bag to use year round in soups, sauces and of course these muffins.

Always make certain you know what plants you are picking by asking an adult!

 

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