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Pasta Salad with Roasted Vegetables and Tuna

This easy pasta salad is an easy, light and refreshing recipe for warmer weather. The addition of canned tuna in olive oil gives this meal a delicious and filling boost of protein. Make it for dinner tonight and have leftovers tomorrow!

easy pasta salad with vegetables and tuna

I’m all about light, fresh, and filling meals these days. Once the days get warmer, I like to maximize time spent outside and not in front of a hot oven. For me, this means batch cooking, using shortcuts, or making meals large enough for leftovers!

This easy pasta salad is full of fresh summer flavors as well as plenty of nutritious ingredients. Whole wheat pasta, roasted vegetables, fresh basil, and a little parmesan cheese are such a delicious combination. I also added a can of Portofino Tuna in Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Canned tuna is a pantry staple of mine. It’s the perfect, inexpensive ingredient to add to any meal for a boost of high quality protein instantly. Portofino Tuna is wild-caught and hand selected, and the olive oil gives it such a tender texture and mellow flavor. There’s no need to add anything, it tastes delicious straight from the can! They also make tuna in pouches for on-the-go meals. You can find Portofino Tuna at Market Basket, Star Market, Shaws, and more!

easy pasta salad with vegetables and tuna

Main Ingredients + Some Nutrition Notes

  • Whole Wheat Pasta: Whole Wheat Pasta contains more fiber than white pasta, adding bulk to our meals which keeps us fuller for longer. Whole wheat products also retain the nutrients of the grain, including important B vitamins.
  • Portofino Tuna in Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Canned tuna is an inexpensive source of protein and healthy unsaturated fats. This tuna is packed in extra virgin olive oil, which is a staple of the Mediterranean Diet (one of the healthiest diets in the world), which also adds delicious healthy fats to this meal.
  • Tomatoes: Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, an antioxidant that give them their beautiful red color. Diets high in antioxidants are anti-inflammatory and can help prevent chronic diseases like heart disease and certain cancers.
  • Zucchini
  • Corn
  • Basil
  • Parmesan Cheese
easy pasta salad with vegetables and tuna

How to make this pasta salad

First, you’ll roast up zucchini and cherry tomatoes to bring out their natural sweetness. Meanwhile, cook whole wheat pasta and corn on the stovetop. Combine vegetables in a large bowl with pasta, corn, chopped fresh basil, salt, pepper, olive oil, lemon juice, and a can of Portofino Tuna. Enjoy warm or cold – it is delicious either way!

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Easy Pasta Salad with Roasted Vegetables and Tuna

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: main dish

Description

This pasta salad is an easy, light and refreshing recipe for warmer weather. The addition of canned tuna in olive oil gives this meal a delicious and filling boost of protein. Make it for dinner tonight and have leftovers tomorrow!


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Ingredients

  • 1 can Portofino Solid Albacore Tuna in Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 large zucchini, sliced into ¼ inch thick rounds
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 ear corn
  • ½ pound whole wheat pasta (I used fusilli)
  • 1 large handful fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tbsp shredded parmesan cheese
  • Juice of ½ lemon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 410 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Toss zucchini and tomatoes in 1 tbsp olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Roast for 20-25 minutes, stirring once halfway through.

  3. While vegetables roast, prepare corn and pasta. Bring 2 pots of water to a boil.

  4. In one pot, add corn and boil for 3-5 minutes until fork tender. Remove from heat and run under cold water to stop cooking. Use a sharp knife to shave off kernels from the cob.

  5. In the other pot, add pasta and cook according to package instructions.

  6. Combine cooked vegetables, corn,  pasta, basil, tuna and parmesan cheese in a mixing bowl. Toss with remaining olive oil and lemon juice, adding salt and pepper to taste.



Notes

  • This recipe is great warm or cold, so it is perfect for leftovers or meal prep

Keywords: pasta salad, tuna, whole wheat pasta

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Tahini Citrus Cauliflower Sweet Potato Salad (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Thank you, Unilever and Sir Kensington’s for sponsoring this blog post! I’m grateful to partner with brands I love to cook with, and all opinions are my own.

This recipe is full of zingy flavor, contrasting textures and plenty of nutrients. If you are looking for a unique dish to bring to your MDW party, look no further than this tahini citrus cauliflower sweet potato salad! You’ll wow your friends with a creamy yet incredibly simple dressing that coats the vegetables, making them super addicting.

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I have a confession to make – I don’t like potato salad. I know it’s such an American classic, but I’ve never been a fan of this summertime barbecue food. The mushy texture and excess mayonnaise just don’t do it for me!

Something I DO love is sweet potatoes. And cauliflower. And tahini plus anything citrus. Mix them all together, and you have a magical combination. So many of my meals involve these ingredients, so it’s about time that one recipe highlights them all!

cauliflower sweet potato salad

You’ll roast some cauliflower and sweet potatoes with vibrant yellow turmeric. They’re then tossed with parsley, sesame seeds, and dried cherries, which all add such great texture and contrasting flavor. Then, pour the creamiest semi-homemade dressing over everything, featuring NEW Sir Kensington’s Golden Citrus Vinaigrette! On its own, this vinaigrette is the perfect light and refreshing dressing or marinade, plus it’s made with 100% pure sunflower oil and a touch of ethically sourced, True Source Certified honey. When mixed with tahini and a few simple ingredients, it makes the BEST sauce ever.

cauliflower sweet potato salad

I love all the Sir Kensington’s products I’ve tried, and this vinaigrette is no exception. I love this brand because every ingredient they source is Non-GMO certified. Their products with eggs only use Certified Humane Free-Range eggs, and they have a commitment to better quality ingredients in all the products they make. They’ve brought such a sense of integrity to the world of condiments!

If you too dislike traditional potato salad, I encourage you to try this cauliflower sweet potato salad! I guarantee you won’t be the only one heading back for seconds at the barbecue.

A Few Recipe Notes

  • Chop cauliflower and sweet potatoes into similar sized pieces to ensure even cooking.
  • This recipe can be prepared in advance and served chilled.
  • This salad is also great for meal prep, as it will keep well in the fridge for up to 5 days and tastes great cold!
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Tahini Citrus Cauliflower Sweet Potato Salad (Vegan, Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: side dish

Description

This recipe is full of zingy flavor, contrasting textures and plenty of nutrients. If you are looking for a unique dish to bring to your MDW party, look no further than this tahini citrus cauliflower sweet potato salad!


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Ingredients

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, diced
  • 1 small head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • ¼ cup Sir Kensington’s Golden Citrus Vinaigrette
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ⅓ cup dried cherries
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 410 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Toss sweet potatoes and cauliflower florets in turmeric, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Spread onto baking sheets and roast for 35-40 minutes until fork tender, stirring halfway through.
  3. Prepare dressing while vegetables roast. Whisk together tahini, Sir Kensington’s Vinaigrette, and lemon juice until smooth.
  4. Toss roasted vegetables with dressing and top with golden raisins, sesame seeds and parsley.

Keywords: sweet potato salad, tahini dressing, vegan, gluten free, turmeric, potato salad

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Freezer Cookie Dough Fudge (Vegan, Gluten Free)

This cookie dough fudge is super rich, creamy, and made from plant based ingredients. You just need a few simple ingredients to make a batch for yourself!

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Those who know me best know that I have a crazy sweet tooth. I definitely inherit it from my mom, who is one of the best bakers I know. I like to have something sweet pretty much every day, sometimes more than once!

Lately, I’ve really enjoyed making simple dessert recipes in batches that can easily be stored in my freezer, including No Bake Samoas and Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles. I love desserts that keep well in the freezer! They are instantly available when I have a sweet craving, and don’t require any prep once I’ve made a batch, and I don’t feel the pressure to consume them all at once before they go bad.

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One of Ben’s all time favorite treats is frozen cookie dough. While cookie dough is SO delicious, it’s definitely not the safest thing to eat in terms of food safety! This idea inspired me to create this creamy cookie dough fudge. you’ll get all the taste of cookie dough, but none of the food-borne illness risks!

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Main Ingredients + Some Nutrition Notes

This cookie dough fudge recipe only requires 7 simple ingredients, some of which you probably already have in your pantry!

  • Cashew Butter: Cashews are rich in healthy monounsaturated fats, so they can help lower “bad” LDL cholesterol when replacing saturated fats in the diet. They are also good sources of vitamins and minerals, including iron and magnesium. Research shows that eating 2 servings of nuts per day may lower your risk for certain diseases like heart disease and diabetes, as well as help with weight management.
  • Coconut Oil: While coconut oil is high in saturated fat, many of the fats in coconut oil are medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). MCTs are metabolized differently than the other fats in our diets. They are broken down and absorbed more quickly and go right to our livers to be used for energy. MCTs are wonderful for people with fat malabsorption issues for this reason. There is some research that links MCTs with weight management, because they are used for energy and less likely to be stored as fat, but we still need to learn a lot more about it! Coconut oil can be part of a healthy, balanced diet when used in moderation.
  • Maple Syrup
  • Almond Flour
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Freezer Cookie Dough Fudge (Vegan, Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 816 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert

Description

This cookie dough fudge requires simple ingredients and takes less than 15 minutes to make! Store it in the freezer for instant access to a yummy treat.


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup creamy cashew butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp almond flour
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp flaky sea salt

Instructions

  1. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. Combine cashew butter, coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract in a saucepan on low heat. Melt everything together, stirring occasionally, until smooth and creamy.
  3. Remove from heat, then stir in almond flour.
  4. Let cool for 5-10 minutes to room temperature. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and smooth it out using a rubber spatula. Sprinkle with sea salt and additional chocolate chips, if desired.
  6. Place in the freezer and freeze until solid, 20-30 minutes. Slice into 8-16 pieces. Enjoy immediately, or return to the freezer to store.


Notes

This cookie dough fudge will begin to melt a bit and soften significantly when left at room temperature, due to the nature of coconut oil. Store in the freezer and enjoy immediately for best results.

I’ve not tried other nut butters, but I imagine different creamy versions would work well! The texture will be similar, but the flavor may be altered. 

Keywords: cookie dough fudge, vegan, vegan desserts, gluten free

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Peanut Butter Granola (Gluten Free)

This peanut butter granola is crispy, crunchy, and full of giant clusters. It’s addicting as a topping for yogurt bowls or straight out of the container! Can easily be made vegan by substituting maple syrup for the honey.

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Homemade granola never lasts long in my house. In addition to eating it for breakfast, Ben and I frequently munch on pieces straight from the container, and he brings a bag to work to snack on. Granola is becoming one of my favorite recipes to make at home – I always forget how simple and delicious it is!

I love to experiment with the ingredients I add to granola. I always use old fashioned rolled oats as the base. I also use nuts or seeds to add some protein and healthy fats, as well as warming spices. For this batch of peanut butter granola, I experimented with using brown rice crisps as well, which give this recipe a lighter and super crispy texture!

How to Make Granola with Giant Clusters

Like most people, I believe the giants clusters in granola are the best part! Here are some tips to optimize the size of your clusters when you make homemade granola:

  • Bake at a low temperature. I bake my granola at 325 degrees F to avoid burning and ensure an even browning of all your ingredients.
  • Do not stir granola once it is in the oven. This is key! Many recipes instruct you to stir your granola during baking to avoid burning. This is why you’ll bake it at a low temperature, so you don’t have to break up your granola in the middle of baking.
  • Let granola cool before breaking into clusters. Your granola will harden up as it cools, forming one giant sheet. Then you can use your hands to gently break it apart into clusters!
  • Store in a wide rectangular container. Instead of tossing your granola into a bag, store it in a wide rectangular container. Place your clusters gently in layers on top of on another to keep their shape. This all prevents the clusters from crumbling during storage.
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Main Ingredients + Some Nutrition Notes

  • Oats: One of my all time favorite foods, oats are packed with nutrition. They are a good source of soluble fiber, which can reduce the amount of cholesterol absorbed into your bloodstream. Some other foods high in soluble fiber include sweet potatoes, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and black beans.
  • Peanuts and Peanut Butter: Peanuts are a very affordable source of plant-based protein. They are also a good source of biotin, a vitamin important in metabolizing fats, carbohydrates and protein.
  • Cinnamon: Cinnamon is a powerful spice with antioxidants, including polyphenols, which help reduce free radical damage to our cells and fight inflammation. It may also help lower blood sugar levels by increasing our sensitivity to insulin.
  • Honey
  • Brown Rice Crisps

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Peanut Butter Granola (Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20-25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30-35 minutes
  • Yield: 11 cups 1x
  • Category: Breakfast

Description

This peanut butter granola is crispy, crunchy, and full of giant clusters. It’s addicting as a topping for yogurt bowls or straight out of the container!


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Ingredients

  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats (use certified gluten free for gluten free)
  • 1 cup brown rice crisp cereal
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup honey (sub maple syrup for vegan)
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine oats, brown rice crisps, peanuts, cinnamon, and salt in a mixing bowl. Stir to combine.
  3. Heat honey, peanut butter, coconut oil, and vanilla extract in a saucepan over low heat. Stir until everything is melted and combined.
  4. Pour melted wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and use a rubber spatula to combine. Make sure the dry ingredients are all thoroughly coated.
  5. Pour granola onto prepared baking tray. Use the spatula and your hands to press ingredients down, forming one large “sheet”.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes until granola is a nice golden brown (edges may brown a little more than the middle).
  7. Let granola cool completely to harden, then use your hands to break into large clusters.


Notes

Store in a wide, shallow, rectangular container to maintain the structure of the clusters.

Keywords: granola, peanut butter granola, peanut butter, gluten free granola

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Creamy Asparagus Soup (Vegan, Gluten Free)

This spring soup is light, full of in-season produce, and incredibly smooth and creamy. There is an unexpected, healthy ingredient that gives this soup its silky texture, making it completely dairy free.

creamy asparagus soup

Soup is not just for wintertime! It’s one of my favorite one pot meals to prepare at the beginning of the week for lunch or dinner. This creamy asparagus soup is light, nutritious and full of fresh spring flavor. I’m more than happy to extend soup season for this vibrant bowl!

There are no fancy ingredients in this soup, and you might already have some in your pantry! An unexpected ingredient makes this soup unique and incredibly creamy, without adding any cream…avocado!

I’ve added avocado to smoothies before, and love the silky texture it adds. Adding it to a pureed soup has a similar effect. It’s a neutral flavored ingredient that makes the soup incredibly smooth and creamy. Avocado also adds plenty of healthy monounsaturated fats and potassium to this soup!

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Main Ingredients + Some Nutrition Notes

You need just one pot and a blender to make this delicious creamy asparagus soup. It will take you less than half an hour from start to finish! Put these ingredients on your next shopping list:

  • Asparagus: Asparagus is high in folate, which is important for healthy pregnancies and cell growth. It’s also a good source of vitamin K, which we need for blood clotting, and antioxidants.
  • Garlic: Garlic contains sulfur compounds, which may have cancer preventative effects when ingested. It also may help boost our immune response when we are sick.
  • Avocado: Our generation’s favorite healthy fat! Avocado is rich in healthy monounstaturated fats, which help lower “bad” LDL cholesterol when they replace saturated fats in the diet. They also contain more potassium than a banana!
  • Leeks
  • White onion
  • White beans
  • Vegetable broth
  • Lemon
creamy asparagus soup

A Few Recipe Notes

  • Fresh or frozen asparagus both work wonderfully in this recipe. I actually used frozen for this batch, because the store was out of fresh!
  • If you use low sodium vegetable broth, you may need to adjust the amount of salt added to the soup.
  • This recipe will keep in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to 5 days.
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Creamy Asparagus Soup (Vegan, Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Soup

Description

This creamy asparagus soup is made super silky without any cream or dairy, thanks to avocado! All you need is one pot, a blender, and 30 minutes to whip up a batch.


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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 2 leeks, white parts only, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1 large bunch asparagus, cut in half
  • 1 carton vegetable broth
  • 1 avocado, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup white beans
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • Fresh parsley for garnishing

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil on medium heat in a large pot.
  2. Add onion, leeks, salt, and pepper and cook until onion is translucent, about 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add garlic and cayenne, and cook another 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add asparagus and vegetable broth, cover, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, cooking until asparagus is fork tender.
  5. Add avocado, white beans, and lemon juice. Stir to combine.
  6. Remove from heat, and ladle soup into blender. You may need to do this in batches, depending on the size of your blender container.
  7. Blend on high speed for 30-45 seconds, until smooth and creamy.
  8. Pour soup directly into bowls and serve hot. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley, other fresh herbs, or extra fresh lemon if desired.

Keywords: creamy asparagus soup, dairy free, vegan, gluten free, healthy soup

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The Best Fudgy Tahini Brownies (Gluten Free, Oil Free)

These tahini brownies are incredibly chocolatey and fudgy. They’re free from gluten, oil and refined sugar, but you’d never know it. Tahini is the hero of this recipe, which eliminates the need for oil or butter while still keeping the brownies super moist and giving them a rich flavor. These brownies take just 30 minutes to make, so what are you waiting for?

Fudgy Tahini Brownies with Chocolate Drizzle

This is the second brownie recipe I’ve posted in the last three weeks, but I’m not making any apologies. Dessert is regarded quite highly in my house, so frequent brownie baking sessions are welcome. If anyone wants to stop by, I’d be happy to share!

I’ve always enjoyed baking, even as a little kid. I definitely get it from my mom, who is one of the best bakers I know! As an RD, I love to promote an “all foods fit” approach to eating. That means it’s OK to have sugar and dessert when your body is craving it! I absolutely eat “real” ice cream, cookies, brownies, and pie. These treats don’t come without high sugar and saturated fat content, though, so I truly enjoy creating more nutritious versions of my favorite desserts! I prefer to think of these as additions to my diet, rather than completely replacing the real versions of these desserts. This mindset allows me enjoy treats when I’m craving them or during social events without guilt!

Fudgy Tahini Brownies with Chocolate Drizzle

These tahini brownies have some super nutritious ingredients. Cacao powder contains polyphenols and flavanols which have potent antioxidant activity. The flavanols in cacao may help lower blood pressure by increasing nitric oxide in the blood. Tahini, which is made from ground sesame seeds, adds healthy fats and protein to this recipe. It also contains important minerals like magnesium and calcium, and it can be difficult to meet our needs with both of these minerals. Almond flour also adds healthy fats, protein and fiber.

Fudgy Tahini Brownies with Chocolate Drizzle

A Few Recipe Notes

  • Subbing a different nut butter for tahini will keep this recipe moist and fudgy, but may alter the flavor slightly.
  • Try adding other mix-ins as desired, such as a handful of walnuts.
  • Do not overmix the wet ingredients, because the tahini may thicken significantly.
  • This recipe will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to one week, or frozen up to 3 months.
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The Best Fudgy Tahini Brownies (Gluten Free, Oil Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20-25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30-35 minutes
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking

Description

The best fudgy tahini brownies that are free from gluten, oil and refined sugars.


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup smooth tahini
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp strong brewed coffee
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts for topping (optional)

Chocolate Drizzle

  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
  • ½ tsp coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8×8 baking pan.
  2. Whisk together tahini, maple syrup, vanilla extract, coffee, and egg in a medium bowl until just combined.
  3. Whisk together cacao powder, almond flour, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Pour wet ingredients into dry and stir until combined.
  4. Fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Pour batter into prepared baking pan and smooth it out.
  6. Bake for 20-22 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool before slicing into 16 squares.
  7. Melt together remaining chocolate chips and coconut oil in a small saucepan on low heat. Use a spoon to drizzle melted chocolate over brownies, and sprinkle with chopped walnuts.

Keywords: tahini brownies, healthy brownies, healthy dessert

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Halloumi, Couscous and Roasted Vegetable Salad

Salty, crunchy halloumi cheese combines with pearl couscous and roasted vegetables for a simple yet unique home cooked meal. You’ll pan fry the halloumi, giving it an irresistible crispy exterior, just like you’d order at a restaurant!

halloumi salad with roasted vegetables and couscous

Halloumi is popular cheese  in Greece and the Middle East. It’s prepared and served after it has been grilled or pan fried. Halloumi is unique because of its high melting point. It won’t melt when you cook it, so it retains its shape and texture. Halloumi is salty, crunchy on the outside, creamy on the inside, and a little squeaky when you bite it. Everything about this cheese makes it totally addicting!

Grilled halloumi has become one of my favorite things to order when I see it on a menu at a restaurant. Tatte Bakery in Boston makes one of the best halloumi salads, and I order this a few times a month when I grab lunch there! I’ve had halloumi out so many times, and finally decided to try making it for myself at home.

How to Pan Fry Halloumi

  • Slice halloumi into ¼ inch slices
  • Use a clean tea towel to pat the extra moisture out of each slice
  • Heat a little olive oil in a skillet on medium heat
  • Place slices of halloumi in the pan and cook each side until browned and crispy, about 2-3 minutes each

Since halloumi packs so much salty flavor on its own, I paired it with more mild flavors of pearl couscous and simple roasted vegetables. A sprinkle of fresh parsley and lemon juice bring everything together!

halloumi salad with roasted vegetables and couscous

A Few Recipe Notes

  • Whatever vegetables you have on hand will work in place of zucchini and cherry tomatoes.
  • Patting the halloumi dry helps give it that super crispy texture when fried, don’t skip this step.
  • The couscous and vegetables can be prepared ahead, but pan fried halloumi is best served immediately as it will harden as it sits.
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Halloumi, Couscous and Roasted Vegetable Salad

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Main Dishes

Description

This restaurant worthy halloumi salad is packed with simple ingredients and delicious flavor.


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Ingredients

  • 1 zucchini, sliced into rounds
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 ½ tbsp olive oil, divided
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 cup pearl couscous
  • 6 ¼ inch slices of halloumi cheese, from one block,
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • Fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 410 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Toss zucchini, cherry tomatoes and garlic with 1 tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast for 20-25 minutes until browned, flipping vegetables halfway through cooking.
  3. Prepare pearl couscous according to package instructions.
  4. Assemble salad plates before pan frying halloumi – evenly divide baby spinach, couscous and roasted vegetables amongst two plates.
  5. Pat dry each slice of halloumi with a clean tea towel.
  6. Pan fry halloumi with the remaining ½ tbsp olive oil in a skillet on medium heat. Cook each side about 2-3 minutes until browned and crispy.
  7. Top each salad plate with 3 slices of halloumi. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and a generous squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
  8. Serve immediately.

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