Rice and Vegie Cakes

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Ingredients:

150 g (2/3 cup) rice

140 g (1 cup, lightly packed) grated zucchini

20 g (1 tablespoon) butter

90 g (1/2 cup) finely chopped onion

1 small red chili, seeds removed and finely chopped

4 medium cloves garlic, peeled and crushed

90 g (1/2 cup, very firmly packed) grated carrot

40 g (1 cup, lightly packed) finely chopped baby spinach leaves

1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley

salt and pepper

2 large eggs

44 g (1/2 cup) grated parmesan cheese

36 g tasty cheddar cheese, cut into six equal pieces

3 cherry tomatoes, halved (or 6 small slices of tomato)

sweet chili sauce, to serve

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius (180 degrees Celsius fan-forced).

2. Grease 6 holes in a muffin pan (1/3 cup capacity holes). Line the base of each hole with a circle of baking paper.

3. Boil rice according to directions on packet. Drain cooked rice and set aside. Squeeze excess moisture from grated zucchini (we do this over the kitchen sink).

4. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, chili, and garlic and cook for two minutes, without browning, stirring occasionally. Add carrot, and cook for another two minutes, stirring occasionally. Add zucchini, baby spinach, parsley, salt and pepper. Stir to combine and cook for another minute.

5. Remove saucepan from heat and transfer vegetable mixture to a large bowl. Stir in rice. Allow mixture to cool for 10 minutes.

6. Stir eggs and parmesan cheese into rice mixture. Fill the prepared muffin holes with the rice mixture, pressing the mixture down so that the cakes hold together.

7. Top each vegie cake with a piece of cheese and a piece of tomato.

8. Bake for about 24-30 minutes, or until lightly browned. Serve hot with sweet chili sauce.

9. Store vegie cakes in a covered container in the refrigerator. They are suitable to reheat in the microwave or oven. If you are reheating the veggie cakes in the oven, cover them so they don’t dry out.

Bon Appetit!

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