Warm Lentil & Grilled Halloumi Cheese Salad

Happy Wednesday guys! The recipe of the day is Warm Lentil & Grilled Halloumi Cheese Salad.

I’ve been meaning to make a lentil salad for a long time and finally managed. This salad is perfect for the gloomy winter days, it’s very filling and gives you lots of energy. And it is simply delicious. Isn’t it Spring coming already. Seriously, every year in February I’m starting to ask for Spring. Well, we definitely need more sunshine here especiallyย now when the weather’s getting colder by the day. Hopefully this is not for long and we all enjouy beautiful warm and sunny days. ๐Ÿ™‚

Back to my salad now…There’s also nutty red quinoa and some toasted dry apricots. All the different ingredients make this salad bursting with flavour – it’s sweet, sour and nutty, lovely combination and healthy too. ๐Ÿ™‚

Warm Lentil & Grilled Halloumi Cheese Salad

What I did was to use lentils leftovers. I had made lentil soup the other day (which by the way our family absolutely love, should share the recipe) and I had a small bowl left. So I used it! ๐Ÿ™‚ Well, I drained it but because the lentils were already flavoured from the soup it made the salad even tastier. I didn’t really use any dressing, as I said the lentils were already dressed. ๐Ÿ™‚ But I added a splash of my favourite garlic sauce. Lentils and garlic is a must! ๐Ÿ™‚

If you, however, decide to go with a dressing, I’d suggest simple olive oil, lemon juice and salt. Simple, fresh and tasty. ๐Ÿ™‚

Warm Lentil & Grilled Halloumi Cheese Salad

Oh, and what about the Halloumi cheese? What’s a salad without a bit of cheese? ๐Ÿ™‚ I seriously love this. To me, it tastes like a mixture of gooey Feta and Mozzarella, so appetizing. Honestly, though, so far, I’ve been only using Halloumi in salads. Salads with Grilled Halloumi are not regular salads. ๐Ÿ™‚ But my point is where else do you use it? Have you got any interesting and yummy recipes? I’d love to hear your ideas. Please share below. ๐Ÿ™‚ Meanwhile, I’ll try and invent a ‘not salad recipe’ with Halloumi cheese. ๐Ÿ™‚

Warm Lentil & Grilled Halloumi Cheese Salad

Oh, and just to let you know, I had cooked all the ingredients in advance so I only had to combine everything. It makes things so much easier and quicker. I think I always have some cooked quinoa stocked in my fridge. And the lentils were leftovers. ๐Ÿ™‚

Warm Lentil & Grilled Halloumi Cheese Salad

Here’s what you need for this Warm Lentil & Grilled Halloumi Cheese Salad.

Warm Lentil & Grilled Halloumi Cheese Salad
 
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Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 250g brown lentils, cooked
  • 250g red quinoa, cooked
  • 150g Halloumi cheese, grilled
  • 7-8 dry apricots, sliced and grilled
  • 2tbsp garlic sauce
  • salt and pepper
  • coriander leaves for serving
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, combine the lentils and quinoa and season well. Mix the salad.
  2. Arrange the grilled halloumi cheese and apricots on top.
  3. If wished, add a splash of garlic sauce and then some coriander leaves.
  4. Serve warm!

Warm Lentil & Grilled Halloumi Cheese SaladTip: You can even try adding some couscous to the lentils and quinoa. It’ll make the salad yummy and you know couscous like dry apricots. ๐Ÿ™‚

Butternut Squash, Quinoa & Chia Seed Burgers

Happy weekend all! The recipe of the day is Butternut Squash, Quinoa & Chia Seed Burgers. Not only these are super healthy, but they taste heavenly! They’re packed with yummy ingredients and spices and make aย perfect nutritiousย meal – quinoa, chia seeds and turmeric, the main ingredients here.

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Butternut Squash, Quinoa & Chia Seed BurgersAnd because it’s a Super Bowl weekend, I think these would make an amazing healthy snack for those of you watching the scales. They’re really filling so I decided to serve them on their own, without any buns. I added some avocado, red onions, fresh coriander and garlic mayo. If you prefer, you can also add some cheese on top. Oh, but there’s already cheese inside the burgers – lots of Parmesan cheese. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s my suggestion for Super Bowl snacking:

Meatless Monday: Stuffed Zucchini Bites with Mozzarella & Gouda Cheese

Bacon, Cheese & Eggs Stuffed Peppers

Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Wild Boar Burritos

Smoked Salmon Stuffed Avocados

Meatless Monday: Black Eyed Bean Vegetarian Burrito

Quail Egg Eggplant Pizzas

Parsnip Pizzas

Smoked Salmon Bites

Spinach Bites

Cheesy Chicken & Spinach Bites

These are just some of the recipes I like. For more recipe ideas, just check my website. All of them are quick, easy and super tasty. ๐Ÿ™‚

Of course, I had my burgers with lots of hot sauce, just couldn’t help it. ๐Ÿ™‚ But as far as I know spicy food is good for you, isn’t it? ๐Ÿ™‚

Butternut Squash, Quinoa & Chia Seed Burgers

I used red quinoa as I like it better than the regular. I really have been using lots of quinoa recently so I made a plan. What I do is cook a pot with quinoa in advance and then when I need it, just add it to soups, salads, stews and burgers. There’s no need for cooking – quick, easy and very convenient. ๐Ÿ™‚ And apparently they’re some yummy desserts with quinoa which I haven’t tried yet but would love to. ๐Ÿ™‚ So stock up on quinoa and let’s get cooking. ๐Ÿ™‚ The weekend is too short so we all need good food and rest to charge our batteries and start the busy week ahead. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s what you need to make these healthy and delicious Butternut Squash, Quinoa & Chia Seed Burgers.

Butternut Squash, Quinoa & Chia Seed Burgers
 
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Serves: 35
Ingredients
  • 400g butternut squash, cooked and mashed
  • 150g quinoa, cooked
  • 50g chia seeds
  • 100g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • ½ red onion, sliced
  • 2 eggs
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 2tsp turmeric
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh coriander leaves
  • garlic mayo, if wished
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200ยฐC.
  2. In a bowl, place the quinoa, squash, chia seeds and eggs. Mix well and add the Parmesan cheese, olive oil and spices.
  3. Make burger patties and place them on a greased baking tray.
  4. Cook in the oven for about 20 minutes or until ready.
  5. Garnish with the avocado, tomato, onion and mayo. Add some fresh coriander leaves and serve.

Butternut Squash, Quinoa & Chia Seed Burgers

A quick question – what are your favourite recipes for St Valentine’s Day? Do you stick with chocolate or mix things up? I’d love to here your thoughts. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Shrimp & Red Quinoa Casserole

Happy Monday guys! The recipe of the day is here – Shrimp & Red Quinoa Casserole, ready in 30 minutes, more or less, very filling and nutritious. This is the ultimate comfort dish for me and the fact that is so easy to prepare makes it perfect, especially on a gloomy and rainy day like today. Seriously, you can mix this goodness up in minutes. Oh, I forgot to mention, there are some chopped pancetta pieces hidden for extra flavour. What could be more comforting and tasty than succulent shrimp and pancetta in aromatic bowl with nutty red quinoa and a mix of vegetables. ๐Ÿ™‚ Serve it on its own or with some delicious bread to dip in.

Shrimp & Red Quinoa Casserole

It may look like one of those slow cooked dishes that take a long long time to cook but this one is really quick to make. And it’s so heart-warming! I had it with lots of spicy sauce and it was just divine. It’s actually a lot like shrimp gumbo soup. I added red quinoa which went really well with the shrimp. Of course, you can use just regular quinoa. I only had red in my kitchen cupboard but to be honest I somehow prefer it to the regular. There is just a slight taste difference. The red one tastes nuttier and has hot more flavour, I think. But mixed with all the vegetables, shrimp and pancetta it all was bursting with flavour.

Here’s what you need for the Shrimp & Red Quinoa Casserole.

Shrimp & Red Quinoa Casserole
 
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Serves: 35
Ingredients
  • 200g shrimp
  • 100g Pancetta, chopped
  • 150g red quinoa
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1tbsp paprika
  • 1tbsp Garam Masala
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • sour cream to serve
  • fresh coriander to serve
Instructions
  1. Heat a pan with the olive oil and sweat the vegetables for a few minutes. Throw in the Pancetta pieces too. Add some water to cover them and simmer for about 15 minutes.
  2. Add the shrimp and quinoa. Season the casserole with the spices and leave on the hob for another 15 minutes. Add more water, if necessary.
  3. Remove from the hop and serve with some fresh coriander and some sour cream.

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Shrimp & Red Quinoa Casserole

One of the most important part in this dish are the spices. I used paprika and Garam Masala. I really love the last one, it definitely makes such a different in flavor and make your taste buds warm and happy. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you can’t find it in your local shop, you can simply mix it up. It’s a combination of cumin, coriander, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and black pepper. It addsย aย heat to your dishes that is so necessary in the winter days. ๐Ÿ™‚

Shrimp & Red Quinoa CasseroleTip: If you can handle the heat, I suggest, serve this lovely dish with some peppery hot sauce. I didn’t add any in the casserole because of the kids but I had lots of it in my own bowl. Finish it of with a bit of sour cream and fresh coriander leaves, if wished.ย 

Shrimp & Red Quinoa Casserole

Quinoa & Beef Stuffed Peppers

Happy Wednesday guys! The recipe of the day is quick and easy Stuffed Peppers with Quinoa and Beef.

It’s a delicious and very satisfying meal. ย Stuffed peppers have become one of our family’s favourite recipes. It seems theyย are always popular no matter what you stuff them with. ๐Ÿ™‚ I usually make them with beef, pork and rice but this time instead of the rice I used quinoa. There was definitely a difference in the taste. You know, how quinoa adds a but nuttiness to the food. Well, it made the peppers really tasty and healthy.

The recipe is really basic and requires only a few ingredients but the taste is amazing. I love this version but if you’re a vegetarian or simply prefer a lighter version, use quinoa only or check below for some yummy vegetarian Stuffed Peppers recipes. I particularly like the ones with the cheese. Cheese is always good, the more, the better ๐Ÿ™‚ And not to mention, they’re actually quite light and healthy so if you watch your diet, this is a good option. Probably without the Parmesan cheese though ๐Ÿ™‚

Quinoa & Beef Stuffed Peppers
Quinoa & Beef Stuffed Peppers

Here’s what you need for these quick and easy Stuffed Peppers.

Ingredients:

  • 5-6 peppers, cut in halves
  • 200g quinoa, cooked
  • 300g beef mince
  • 1 small carrot, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1tsp cumin
  • 2tsp paprika
  • 1tsp black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese for sprinkling
Quinoa & Beef Stuffed Peppers
Quinoa & Beef Stuffed Peppers

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200ยฐC.
  2. Heat a pan with the olive oil and gently sweat the onion, garlic and carrots for about 10 minutes. Add a tiny bit of water so they’re not frying.
  3. Add the beef mince and quinoa and season with the spices. Stir the mixture well and cook for about 20 minutes or until ready, stirring occasionally. If necessary, add more water.
  4. Grease a baking tray and arrange the peppers on top. Start filling them with the beef and quinoa mixture. Place in the oven and leave for about 20 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top when serving.

Enjoy!

Quinoa & Beef Stuffed Peppers
Quinoa & Beef Stuffed Peppers

Tip: For more Stuffed Peppers recipes check here:

Bacon, Cheese & Eggs Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers with Minced Pork, Vegetables & Rice

Bacon & Orzo Stuffed Peppers with Mozzarella Cheese

Meatless Monday: Feta & Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Peppers

Why not improvise and mix things up a little bit? You can use some leftover rice or simply cheese and veggies. That’s what I like in making Stuffed Peppers. You can basically put whatever you’d like and it’ll still taste good. But the ingredients that always work are definitely cheese, bacon, beef, pork, rice and quinoa. I mean, I’ve tried these and I loved them all. But there are much more to try, right! ๐Ÿ™‚