Health & Fit 6 Calcium-Packed Halloumi Recipes for Easy Spring Lunch Options

20:05  09 may  2021
20:05  09 may  2021 Source:   wellandgood.com

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As the star of many vegetarian recipes, the subject of so many love-letter Instagram memes, and a versatile staple in Greek and Cypriot cuisine, halloumi, often nicknamed the "squeaky cheese," is a fan favorite—whether you are eating it raw, frying, baking, or grilling it. There are so many calcium-packed halloumi recipes, in fact, that it's hard to know where to start. Hint: This list is a good intro to cooking with the semi-hard, brined cheese, which can be made from cow's, sheep's, or goat's milk.

One of the reasons that halloumi is so versatile is because it doesn't act the same way other cheeses like a gruyere or a cheddar may during cooking because of its high melting point. As a result, its consistency is less melty and gooey, and more chewy and thick, making it a great meat substitute. The flavor of the cheese is also saltier than many of its shelf mates, which means that it doesn't require as many seasonings to prepare.

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Though high in fat and sodium, halloumi also sports a pretty impressive nutritional profile: The cheese has 19 grams of protein (a key to healthy aging) per serving, and is an excellent source of calcium, with over 70 percent of the recommended daily allowance for adults per portion. This makes it a great alternative to red meat for burgers or to throw on the grill. Additionally, halloumi also contains zinc, selenium, magnesium, and vitamins A and B. "A healthy portion size of halloumi is about 80 grams," which equates to roughly a palm-sized piece.

Scroll down for 6 calcium-packed halloumi recipes to add to your spring lunchtime rotation

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1. Satay Halloumi Wraps

Satay sauce (aka peanut sauce) can do no wrong, but it doesn't only have to go with chicken. These vegetarian satay wraps are tangy and flavorful, can be eaten hot or cold, and are a great way to include seasonal produce in a meal that is easy to grab and eat on the go.

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2. Seared Halloumi with Grains

Looking to add some extra protein to the same quinoa salad that you meal prepped on Sunday and have been eating all week? Top it with halloumi! The salty flavor of the cheese adds an extra punch to the dish, and you can use any kind of grain and all of the mix ins to make it the perfect, refreshing but filling, bowl.

Get the recipe: Seared Halloumi with Grains

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3. Smoky Halloumi Pasta Bake

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a close up of a sandwich: Hamburgers aren’t the enemy, but ones the size of your head, are. If hosting your own cookout, choose a leaner ground beef mix and carefully measure out patty sizes (try Cusinart's burger press, which helps you easily create perfectly portioned disks) to ensure you’re not overdoing it. “I like a 75 percent lean 25 percent fat beef mix, which delivers a lot of flavor and stays moist. If you go any lower, it can sometimes get chalky,” says Jens Dahlmann, corporate executive chef for LongHorn Steakhouse and vice president of culinary development. You can also play around with other leaner proteins, like lamb, bison, or turkey (try Jennie-O’s ground turkey or pre-formed patty options); just be careful not to over-grill them, since the leaner the cut, the easier it is to overcook and be left with tough meat. “Beef is the king of burgers, but lamb is a better-for-you red meat and has a lot of flavor to it. Pair it with some tomato, red onion, cucumber, and a little bit of feta and it’s very simple but satisfying,” he says.

The dish is filling, great to feed the whole family, and the smoky paprika and potpourri of other spices give it an earthy, smoky, elevated taste and smell that make it feel different than your regular pasta dish go-tos.

Get the recipe: Smoky Halloumi Pasta Bake

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4. Crispy Halloumi Burger

Craving a burger? Don't want to eat meat? Only have 15 minutes? This recipe is so quick and easy to make, tastes amazing, and is great to batch prep. The crispiness of the fried halloumi is an excellent contrast to the soft bun and whatever sauces, pickles, and veg you decide to add.

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Get the recipe: Crispy Halloumi Burger

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5. Grilled Halloumi Tacos With Mango Salsa

Mix up your menu next Taco Tuesday with these sweet, savory, and summery mango, halloumi tacos that are vegetarian-friendly, a little spicy, and very fun to make.

Get the recipe: Grilled Halloumi Tacos with Mango Salsa

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6. Butter Halloumi Curry

If you find yourself hankering Indian food, this vegetarian iteration of butter chicken takes the flavors that you know and love but uses halloumi instead of poultry.

Get the recipe: Butter Halloumi Curry

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