Makes 8 kebabs.
Halloumi is a marvellous cheese hailing from Cyprus that does not melt on the grill, making it the perfect meat alternative. The outside gets crispy while the inside turns velvety. Cut the block of cheese into fairly thick chunks so they don’t break apart when skewering them. Dollops of sun-dried pesto give the dish even more pizzazz.
While halloumi is lofty in protein, it can also be higher in sodium. So enjoy these kebabs, but just be sure to watch your salt intake elsewhere that day.
To make pesto, pulse together tomatoes, walnuts, mint, garlic, and lemon juice in food processor. With the machine running, pour in oil and 2 Tbsp (30 mL) water, and blend until mixture is just slightly chunky.
Preheat grill to medium-high and grease grill grate. In alternating order, thread halloumi, red pepper, eggplant, and onion onto 8 skewers. Grill kebabs for 6 minutes, turning once halfway, or until vegetables are tender and cheese is golden. Be careful not to burn the cheese.
Divide arugula among serving plates and top with contents of kebabs. Garnish with dollops of tomato pesto.
Oven-roasted delicata squash makes a crispy treat atop this green salad. As its name suggests, this squash has a thin, delicate skin that’s tasty when cooked. Pomegranate molasses, an ingredient common in Lebanese and Middle-Eastern cuisine, brings a sweet and sour flavour to the dressing. No pine nuts? Use squash seeds! Simply collect about 1/4 cup (60 mL) seeds from cleaned squash, rinse, and mix with 1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) of the spice mix used to roast the squash and 1/2 tsp (2 mL) olive oil. Roast at 425 F (220 C) on parchment-lined baking sheet for 20 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
Look for whole grain farro, which leaves the germ and bran intact, for this satisfying porridge that’s sure to kickstart your day. While the cooking time is longer than for pearled or semi-pearled varieties, you’ll get more nutrition. Take the time to enjoy the delicate scent of cardamom and ginger wafting through your kitchen as you prepare this. Ancient grain Farro (also referred to as emmer or einkorn) is a variety of wheat known as an ancient grain, which means that it hasn’t changed over time through breeding as is the case with many varieties of modern wheat.
Spanish-inspired flavours of almond and orange and a good punch of protein make this pudding a delicious and nutritious breakfast, snack, or dessert. The tiniest amount of large-flake sea salt and a drizzle of olive oil help bring all the flavours together. Amp up the orange For some additional orange flavour, when cooking chickpeas from dry, add a few strips of orange zest to the cooking water. Tastier toast Take your toast to the next level by using this pudding as a satisfying spread.
Breaking with tradition, think of this as a guise of tabbouleh salad with staying power, thanks to the addition of hearty sorghum and fibre-rich navy beans. It also ages fairly well, so it serves as a make-ahead meal that can keep for up to 3 days. A perfect plant-based option for weekday lunches.