Up until fairly recently, I had never cooked quinoa. I saw it as something served in posh health clubs, at an extortionate cost because it was deemed ‘healthy’ and would therefore probably taste awful! It’s actually quite tasty, a great alternative to rice and pasta, it’s naturally gluten free and is a great source of fibre! What’s not to like? The addition of seeds in this recipe really brings out the nutty flavour of the quinoa with the halloumi adding a salty edge to the dish, that the kids love. You can substitute the soya beans for peas if you like, and crumbled feta also works well instead of halloumi. You could, in fact, top the quinoa with a piece of grilled meat or fish if you prefer but I personally, like a few vegetarian meals during the week. If you are lactose intolerant, some halloumi is made with just sheep and goat milk so is low in lactose. Some people can tolerate this, other’s can’t but be warned that some halloumi also contains cows milk so please read the labels and proceed with caution!
- 2, 5mm thick slices of halloumi cheese per child (3-4/ adult)
- 1/2 mug quinoa– feeds 3 children with enough left for mummy’s lunch tomorrow!
- 1 mug frozen soya beans (or peas if preferred)
- 1/4 mug of seeds- sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, chia, pine nuts, we like a mix. Lightly toasted in a dry frying pan. (Toasting brings out the nutty flavour but is not essential)
- Salt and pepper
- Olive oil to drizzle
- Rinse the quinoa well in a fine sieve under cold running water
- Bring 2 mugs of water to a boil in a saucepan, then add the rinsed quinoa
- Simmer for 12 minutes
- Add the frozen soya beans and simmer for a further 5 minutes
- Meanwhile, heat a griddle pan. Once hot, place the cheese onto it and leave for 1-2 minutes. Don’t be tempted to fiddle with it or you won’t get the charred lines.
- Flip the cheese for 1 minute on the other side
- Drain the quinoa and soya beans and mix through the seeds, a splash of olive oil and a few twists of salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve the halloumi on a bed of the quinoa with a drizzle of olive oil
Enjoy your Halloumi & Soya Bean Quinoa!!
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