Really, it is just a new mixture of the same base ingredients I know and love. Onion, garlic, beans, tomato, spinach. Anything “spiced” falls into the category of “things we think we would like”. Harissa and Haloumi, however, were two items neither of us had ever heard of. Among the many different searches, I was told Harissa was anything from Greek to African. Haloumi is a Greek cheese. This dish is supposed to be Moroccan. I’ll go with overall it is a Mediterranean dinner. And based on this, how could you not enjoy it during the summer months? I just imagine the Mediterranean to always be blue seas and bluer skies. Ahhhhh…. Summer. I watch too much TV.
What You Need
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
medium red onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 Tbsp harissa
1 can of chickpeas, drained (garbanzo beans)
1 can diced tomatoes
5 oz. Halloumi cheese, cubed
big handful of spinach leaves (~8-10oz)
salt & pepper
juice from 1/2 lemon
fresh grated Parmesan
In a medium saucepan heat the oil over low heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened.
Stir in all step two ingredients and increase heat to medium/medium-high. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer for about 5 minutes.
Add in step three ingredients and cook over low heat for another 5 minutes. Season to taste and stir in the lemon juice. Serve immediately topped with fresh grated Parmesan. Naan would go great with this dish as well to help soak up any bits of sauce leftover.
Serves: 2 Cost: $4/serving