Recipe – Roast Beetroot and Carrot Quinoa Salad With Grilled Halloumi

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Roasting beetroot and Carrots really intensifies the sweetness which works wonderfully with the cumin and lemon. Pack up any remaining salad for your lunchbox the next day.

Serves 4

Prep 15 minutes

Cook 40 minutes

Ingredients:

350g beetroot

500g carrots

1tbsp cumin seeds

3tbsp olive oil

200g Quinoa

225g pack Halloumi cheese, sliced into to 8 pieces

grated zest and juice from 1 lemon

28g pack flat leaf parsley

40g flaked almonds

 

1 Preheat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Wash and remove the tops from the beetroot and carrots and dry with kitchen paper. Cut each beetroot into quarters and chop the carrots into thick rounds and place in a roasting tin . Add the cumin seeds and a tablespoon of olive oil and toss everything together well. Roast for 35 – 40 minutes until the beetroot and carrots are golden and very tender.

 

2 Meanwhile place the Quinoa in a saucepan and cover with water measuring about  4cm above the Quinoa. Bring to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes until all the water has been absorbed. Turn of the heat , cover and set aside.

 

3 Heat another tablespoon of oil in a non stick frying pan and add the halloumi cheese in a single layer and cook until golden , about 2 – 3 minutes then turn and cook the other side .

 

4 Place the roasted vegetables in a large bowl . Fluff up the Quinoa with a fork and add to the bowl with the lemon zest and juice, the remaining tablespoon of olive oil , the chopped flat leaf parsley and toasted flaked almonds. Season to taste and toss together gently. Serve spooned onto serving plates with a few slices of the halloumi cheese on top and a spoonful of thick Greek yoghurt.

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5 Tips To Get Your Teenagers Cooking

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Eating healthy food from an early age instils good habits and sets your kids up with the nutrients they need to develop both physically and mentally. However, with fast food and sugary snacks and drinks so readily available, busy teenagers might see cooking as too much of an effort.

Inspiring your teens to cook will help them to nurture their independence and ability to create nutritionally balanced meals when they move away from home. Here are five tips to get them cooking, so that they are kitchen-competent before they fly the nest.

1. Get them involved

Encourage your teens to cook a meal for the family. Ask them what they fancy having for dinner and let them find recipes that they might like to try – but make sure they’re doable. Dishes that can be prepared in around 30 minutes and involve only basic utensils or techniques will offer an almost instant sense of satisfaction.

2. Make it stress-free

Help them gather the ingredients and cooking equipment they will need for the meal they have decided to cook for everyone. This takes away the panic of rummaging around for the small saucepan when they need to be making sure that they don’t burn the rest of the food.

3. Give them responsibility

Put them in charge of the food shopping and let them choose ingredients they might want to add to the meal. When it comes to preparing the dinner, give them some guidance before starting, but try not to interfere too much and take over. This will relieve the pressure of being watched and make it their own project rather than yours.

4. Be positive

Positive reinforcement is important to anyone trying to learn something new. This will give your teens a confidence boost in their cooking abilities and in themselves. Either whilst eating the food or after, tell them what you liked about it and encourage them to share their thoughts on the food and cooking experience.

5. Book a teen cooking class

To nurture their enthusiasm, ask if they want to try out a cookery course. A dedicated teen cooking class will help them develop their skills and learn tips and tricks alongside other people their age.

We run courses exclusively for teenagers at our cookery school in Cheadle Hulme, Manchester. They promote healthy eating to the younger generations while teaching them useful techniques that prove creating mouth-watering dishes can be an enjoyable experience. We cover both main courses and desserts in a fun, engaging environment after school – and offer flexible booking options too.

If you have any questions, get in touch on 0161 282 2050 or email us at office@atthekitchen.co.uk.