This is the ideal vegetarian recipe for a light summer family meal, which does not need hours of preparation. Its a good one to cook with kids because older children can help by threading the ingredients onto the kebab sticks. The kebabs work equally well on the BBQ or under the grill. Halloumi makes a great substitution for meat as it has a good firm texture and the saltiness balances well with the vegetables (so you don’t need to season them). Hummus is very popular in our household so this is a great opportunity for it to make an appearance. It is perfect for dipping with the pittas. The fresh salad gives a cool crunch. Sit back and enjoy the sunshine as you tuck in (or pretend its sunny!?).
Preparation and cooking time: 25 minutes
Not suitable for freezing.
1 pack (approx. 25g) halloumi cheese
8 cherry tomatoes
1 small red onion
1 yellow pepper
1x 6 pack wholemeal pitta breads
1 tub (approx. 200g) hummus
Fresh green salad (to serve)
- Prepare the ingredients: Drain the halloumi and cut into 2 Cm cubes, Peel the onion and cut into 8 chunks, cut the courgette into 1Cm thick slices, deseed the pepper and cut into roughly 2Cm squares.
- Carefully thread the halloumi and vegetables (including the tomatoes) onto kebab sticks, alternating the different ingredients (this is a good job for kids to get involved with).
- Brush the kebabs with some olive oil and grill (turning occasionally).
- When the vegetables are nearly cooked, cut the pittas in half and toast in the toaster or under the grill.
- Serve the kebabs and pittas with the hummus and a crunchy green side salad.
TIP: For young children, you could substitute the halloumi for chicken if you are concerned about the salt level in the halloumi. Add some more flavour with a bit of harissa paste served on the side.
This recipe has been featured on the Bath Magazine website: http://thebathmagazine.co.uk/halloumi-kebabs/
For some fun foodie themed activities to keep the kids amused while the BBQ heats up, visit the Meals and Makes shop here.