One Pot Vegetarian Meal with Pumpkin and Halloumi
Even though we love cooking, some days we just want to go the easy way. Some people would think the easiest way out is to fry up a burger or make a steak sandwich. Think again. This one pot vegetarian meal with halloumi cheese and pumpkin gives you a tasty color explosion on your plate. All this without turning the kitchen into a messy catastrophe. As a matter of fact you can clean up the whole kitchen while the food is preparing itself in the oven. That’s true zen cooking, right!
If you choose to cut out the meat but still eat dairy products, the halloumi cheese is the sausage of your refrigerator. You can just pull out a package of halloumi, put it in a skillet for a couple of minutes and serve it on a plate of pasta. Or you can put it between two pieces of bread, and abra kadabra – you have a burger. Halloumi cheese is a life saver for many Swedish vegetarians or flexitarians, but i’m not sure the halloumi hype has reached the rest of the world.
Halloumi originates from Cyprus and has gained popularity throughout Middle East. And in these flexitarian days Halloumi has become a staple product for the masses.
The magic of the halloumi cheese is its high melting point. Unlike regular cheese, halloumi won’t melt in the pan or even on the barbecue. Instead, it will go golden brown on the outside, soft and squeaky on the inside. The taste is delicious and it goes together with a wide variety of other food.
Just one quick warning though. If you are a strict lacto-ovo vegetarian, you might need to check the ingredient list. Some brands of halloumi use rennet in the making of the cheese. Rennet makes the milk turn into cheese and most often comes from the stomach of young cows. However there are vegetarian enzymes that does the job just as well, so just keep your eyes open.
In this one pot vegetarian meal, the halloumi cheese is the perfect protein source. We just fry the whole cheese up quickly in a pan, and then let it bake in big chunks together with all the vegetables.
Pumpkin season – finally!
October is the orange month. Grocery stores are filled up with pumpkins and pinterest is flooding with pumpkin carving tutorials. But shame on the people who puts the pumpkin meat in the waste bin after making a jack-o’-lantern. Pumpkin has a wonderful taste and a unique texture. So let’s just make something delicious from it.
In this one pot vegetarian meal, it also adds a wonderful, rich, yellow color. Together with the red cabbage and onion, and the golden brown halloumi, this dish is a sight for sore eyes.
One pot vegetarian meal – so many checkmarks!
It’s not easy finding a recipe that is environmentally friendly, easy to make, colorful, rich in taste, healthy and mess free. But here it is.
And do you know what the real magic is? You can vary and edit this recipe to infinity. Use what you have in your fridge. Cooking and eating our left overs, instead of throwing them away is one of the best things best thing we can do for our planet. Did you know one third of the food produced world wide becomes garbage?
Something on the side
Looking for something light and fresh to have on the side of your plate? Check out our Coleslaw with roasted corn and mint leaves. It is a very good pairing to this recipe.
An easy and mess free meal, made from what we had in the fridge. Rich in taste and colorful on the plate.
- 1/4 red cabbage
- 300 g pumpkin of choice
- 2 red onions
- 1 broccoli
- 1 lemon
- 1 courgette
- 4 potatoes
- 400 g halloumi cheese
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/2 cup olive oil
Set the oven to 390°F (200°C).
Shred the cabbage, cut the pumpkin in large chunks, the onions, potatoes and the lemon in quarters and the broccoli in small "trees".
Slice the broccoli stem and the courgette into half inch slices.
Optional: Put the whole chunks of halloumi cheese in a skillet just to give them some color.
Put everything in a pan, greased with olive oil and throw it around a little.
Crush the garlic cloves with the side of your knife and throw it in the pan.
Season with salt and pepper of taste.
Let the pan stay in the oven for about 30 minutes.
Take it all out and serve.
If you want a fresh side dish to this one pot vegetarian meal, consider our Coleslaw with roasted corn and mint leaves.
What to drink to this One Pot Vegetarian Meal?
We would definitely recommend a darker beer to this dish. Some kind of IPA or ale takes this to a higher level. If you want to stay super healthy, just serve with carbonated water with a slice of lemon.