For me a meal is not complete if it doesn’t have a vegetable component. Either as a side dish or incorporated into the main dish itself.
Once or twice a month I head out to my local Turkish supermarket and stock up on my proteins, I then portion and freeze them and every morning I take out one of the portions and plan my meal.
Originally, the vegetable side for this meal was going to be a side salad but as I walked past the frozen veg section, the green beans called to me. I wasn’t sure what I would do with them but they had to be added to my basket.
The protien I had taken out is a marinated chicken steak which lends to warm spices in the side dish. So I took inspiration from that. I was also really craving halloumi and wanting to find a way to incorporate it into something and not just grill it as a snack.
In the end what I created had a great flavour balance, the saltiness of the halloumi and the combination of spices really broight out the natural sweetness of the green beans and fit really well with the chicken steak and bulgur wheat.
Spiced green beans with halloumi
- 1 Block Halloumi
- 1 Onion Chopped
- 500g Green beans
- 2 tsp Garlic powder
- 1 tsp Cumin
- 1 tsp Paprika
- 1 tsp Sesame seeds
- Salt and pepper To taste
- Slice and grill the Halloumi and then chop into blocks
- Fry the onions in oil of your choice until translucent
- Add the green beans and stir fry for a minute.
- Add spices and sesame seeds and stir fry until you can smell the spices (around 5 minutes)
- Add the halloumi and move to a low heat for another 5-8 minutes.