When I was little, Haloumi was one of those "fancy foods" I would actually eat. I was a really fussy eater and rarely tried anything new, but haloumi was a treat just for my Dad and I. We were the only ones who liked it so he'd cook some up as a special treat for us and it was the one "fancy thing" at restaurants I would happily order and gobble down.
Though, it wasn't known as haloumi, it was known as the squeaky cheese. Little did I know, haloumi doesn't actually have to be so squeaky, you just have to cook it properly and slice it a little thinner.
For years, I stuck to eating haloumi just by itself - but now I love incorporating haloumi into different meals - and this Quinoa with Grilled Zucchini and Haloumi is one of those meals! All of the flavours in this quinoa go together perfectly, the unique salty taste of the haloumi, the nuttiness of the quinoa and the ever so slight sweetness from the grilled zucchini - add in some garlic and herbs and you have yourself a winning dish!
But let me give you the recipe! >>>
Quinoa with Grilled Haloumi, Zucchini and Fresh Herbs
gluten free, low fat, vegetarian, clean eating friendly
1 serve of quinoa, cooked according to package instructions
2-3 slices of haloumi, cut into chunks
1 small zucchini, sliced into chunks
1 clove of garlic, crushed
Fresh mint and parsley
Salt and pepper, to taste
Add your zucchini, haloumi and garlic into a medium saucepan and cook over a medium-high heat until your cheese has browned and your zucchini has started to brown and has softened (alternatively, you can grill these on a grill plate)*
Season with salt and pepper to taste and add in your herbs and quinoa.
Mix over the heat until everything is mixed together and heated through.
*Feel free to add a little bit of oil to stop things from sticking here, I can't due to food allergies but it's up to you! You don't really need it, just add a little bit of water if needed.
But tell me, were there any (what you thought were) "fancy foods" you liked as a child?
For me it was olive oil and haloumi. Dad and I also used to have olive bread dipped in olive oil as a special treat from time to time.