Oriental stir-fried veg with marinated halloumi (10 mins prep/15 mins cooking plus 1 hour to marinate)

This dish is fantastically tasty and packed with veg and protein.  Initially when I asked my boyfriend’s opinion of it he charismatically replied ‘it is good, very good’, but when pressed to be more specific he said ‘it looks healthy, but it doesn’t taste like I’m being lectured’ .  I love the flavours that the marinated halloumi add to the crunchy veg.  This dish is pretty substantial on its own but if you want a carb hit you could eat it with rice or noodles.  Recipe is by Sainsbury’s and serves 4.


Halloumi light cheese, drained and chopped in to bite size chunks

4 tbsp olive oil

1 small red onion, finely chopped

1 clove garlic, crushed/finely chopped

15g piece ginger, finely chopped

1 tsp soft brown light sugar

1/2 tsp Chinese five spice (available from supermarkets)

1 tbsp sesame oil

1 red pepper and 1 yellow pepper, cut in to thick strips

200g green beans

100g brocolli, cut in to small florets

150g beansprouts

2 tbsp dark soy sauce

Place the halloumi in a shallow dish and stir in 2 tbsp olive oil plus the onion, garlic, ginger, sugar and Chinese five spice.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.  Heat the remaining 2 tbsp olive oil and the sesame oil in a large frying pan or wok and stir-fry the peppers, beans and brocolli for 5-6 minutes.  Add the beansprouts and cook for a further 1 minute.  Add the cheese mixture to the pan together with the soy sauce and cook for a further 2 minutes.  Serve.