Za’atar Spiced Haloumi & Asparagus

I made this dish for a bunch of my best girl friends the other night at our JSHealth Dinner Party! It’s so easy to throw together, with just a few simple ingredients – and tastes absolutely divine! Using herbs and spices, like za’atar and mint, is one of the best ways to add flavour to a dish without extra oils or nasties! And asparagus is a great source of fibre, folate and vitamins as well as chromium, a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from bloodstream into cells – the more you know! Serve as an accompaniment to your main or vegetarian option.

 

Za’atar Spiced Haloumi & Asparagus
 

Serves: 2 as a main, 4 as a side

  

Ingredients:

  • 250g good quality haloumi cheese
  • 1 tbsp cold pressed olive oil
  • 1 tbsp za’atar spice
  • 2 bunches of asparagus
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 5-6 mint leaves, chopped

 

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°.
  2. Arrange asparagus on a lined baking tray and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle over chilli flakes. Season with sea salt and pepper and add to oven. Roast for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, slice haloumi pieces lengthways (1-2cm wide). Sprinkle each piece with za’atar spice and sea salt.
  4. Heat olive oil on a large, non-stick frying pan on medium heat. Add haloumi to pan and fry until each side is golden (3-4 minutes). Set aside.
  5. On a serving platter, arrange haloumi and asparagus. Drizzle asparagus with lemon juice and garnish with mint leaves.
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