Mediterranean Halloumi Bake

Mediterranean halloumi bake

Mediterranean Halloumi Bake

This Mediterranean halloumi bake makes the perfect vegetarian dinner. It perfectly combines the healthy freshness of vegetables with the salty flavour and chewy texture of the halloumi cheese. Even though, I have eaten halloumi before I had never attempted cooking with it. It was really easy and absolutely delicious. So, if you are a halloumi virgin like I was, simply go to the nearest shop, buy a packet and give it a go.

Unfortunately for my boyfriend, I prefer having my main meal at lunchtime and by the time he got home 3/4 of it was already gone, ups. Although my diet can be described as pretty good, 80% of the time portion control can still be a bit problematic once in a while. Another one of my favourite dishes where I find it hard to hold back are these delicious Zucchini Noodles with Tomato Vegetable Sauce.

 

Mediterranean halloumi bake

What is Halloumi Cheese?

Halloumi cheese originated in Cyprus and has been traditionally prepared with cow, goat or sheep milk. Other typical ingredients used are salt, mint and rennet. This cheese is very versatile and has the unusual feature of not melting when heated. For this reason, it can be grilled or fried, in addition to being eaten fresh with fruits or vegetables, or grated on pasta.

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Mediterranean halloumi bake

Halloumi Cheese Benefits

Halloumi contains

  • calcium
  • protein
  • phosphorus
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B
  • many minerals such as zinc.

Personally, I would choose goat’s milk cheese over cow’s milk cheese because the fat globules are more similar to the makeup of mother’s milk, therefore, they are easier to digest and non-mucous forming. I also consider the goat’s milk variant superior because it contains less lactose than the cow’s milk cheese.

All milk contains tryptophan, which is an essential amino acid that can’t be manufactured by the body. The body needs tryptophan to produce serotonin– one of the chemical neurotransmitters responsible for well-being, positive mood enhancement and healthy sleep.

If you aren’t a fan of dairy products or are even intolerant you can try making my Homemade Coconut Milk Yoghurt.

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Mediterranean halloumi bake
Mediterranean Halloumi Bake
Prep Time
7 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
32 mins
 
This Mediterranean halloumi bake makes a delicious vegetarian dinner. It perfectly combines the healthy freshness of vegetables with the salty halloumi.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Mediterranean, Refined Sugar-Free, Vegetarian
Servings: 4
Calories: 254 kcal
Author: The Healthy Tart
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 courgettes diced
  • 15 cherry tomatoes quartered
  • 3 tablespoons tomato puree
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 small fresh chilli finely chopped and deseeded
  • salt
  • pepper
  • water or passata optional
  • 7 oz halloumi sliced
  • 1 handful fresh basil chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F/ 220°C in grill mode.

  2. Heat the olive oil in an ovenproof, medium-large pan and saute the onions for two minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and cook for another minute, then add the courgettes, tomatoes, tomato puree and spices, cover with a lid and simmer for about 20 minutes. The tomatoes and courgettes will release water and turn into a sauce. In case they don't release enough juice, you can add a little bit of water or passata to adjust the consistency to your liking.
  4. Cover the dish with the halloumi slices and place it under the grill until the halloumi slices turn golden brown.
  5. Sprinkle with fresh basil and enjoy.
Nutrition Facts
Mediterranean Halloumi Bake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 254 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Sodium 620mg 26%
Potassium 634mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 13g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 6g
Protein 14g 28%
Vitamin A 31.7%
Vitamin C 63.6%
Calcium 54.9%
Iron 18.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Mediterranean Halloumi Bake