Rice & Vegetable Cake
2/3 cup rice
1 cup, lightly packed grated zucchini
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 small red chilli, seeds removed and finely chopped
4 medium cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
1/2 cup, very firmly packed grated carrot
1 cup, lightly packed finely chopped baby spinach leaves
1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
Salt and pepper
2 large eggs
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
36g cheddar cheese, cut into six equal pieces
3 cherry tomatoes, halved (or 6 small slices of tomato)
Sweet chilli sauce, to serve
Preheat oven to 200
Grease 6 holes in a muffin pan (1/3 cup capacity holes).
Boil rice according to directions on packet. Drain cooked rice and set aside.
Squeeze excess moisture from grated zucchini.
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.
Remove saucepan from heat and transfer vegetable mixture to a large bowl. Stir in rice. Allow mixture to cool for 10 minutes.
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.
Top each veggie cake with a piece of cheese and a piece of tomato.
Bake for about 24-30 minutes, or until lightly browned. Serve hot with sweet chili sauce.
Store veggie 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.