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Simple squash and halloumi salad

This makes a warm salad which makes a great lunch. This serves 4 but can be adjusted.

  • 1 large butternut squash
  • Olive oil
  • Seasoning

Peel, de-seed and chop your squash into bite-sized lumps. Place in a roasting tin, toss in oil, season and roast for 30-40 minutes until soft. Toss halfway through so it gets a bit charred on all sides. Remove when cooked and keep warm.

Near the end of cooking time,

  • 225gm couscous
  • Same volume of boiling vegetable stock made with a cube or powder

Put the couscous in the stock and cover. Leave for 5 minutes then fluff with a fork.

  • Pack of halloumi
  • Olive oil

Put a splash of oil in a frying pan and heat. Chop the halloumi into cubes about 12mm across. Fry the cubes in the oil over a medium heat, turning so all sides are tinged brown.

  • Chopped parsley or coriander leaves
  • Pomegranate seeds (frozen defrosted works too)

Assemble your salad tossing together couscous, squash, halloumi, parsley and pomegranate seeds.

 

 

Garlic Bread Salad

Quick, easy, tasty. Goes well with lamb chops or steaks. Serves 4.

Heat the oven to 200C.

  • Half a baguette
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 50gm butter (or more)

Melt the butter and mix with the garlic. Slice the baguette. Paint the slices both sides with garlicky butter, and place on an oven tray. Bake 15 minutes or until golden and crispy. Leave to cool slightly.

  • 4 lamb steaks or 8 chops
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • Salt, pepper and sprinkling of chopped mint

Season the meat and pan fry 3 minutes each side on a hot pan. Remove from the pan and let rest to continue cooking and firming up.

  • 1 cucumber chopped into cubes
  • 4 large tomatoes chopped into cubes (or quarters halved)

Pan fry in the juices 2-3 minutes each side until charred. Make a dressing by mixing the following:

  • One lemon zested and juiced
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp honey
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tbs chopped fresh mint

Tear up the bread into chunks. Mix with the cucumber and tomatoes. Toss in the dressing. Add chopped parsley if you wish. Serve the warm salad alongside your lamb. Told you it was easy.

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