3 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 tablespoon wholegrain mustard Juice of 1 lemon 1 tablespoon liquid honey 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Preheat oven to 200degC.
Line an oven tray with baking paper.
Toss pumpkin with balsamic vinegar, olive oil and honey in prepared tray. Roast until slightly caramelised, 20-25 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook the quinoa. Combine quinoa and stock/water (with a pinch of salt) in a medium-size pot and bring to the boil. As soon as it boils, cover with a tight-fitting lid and reduce to lowest heat to cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and leave to steam, still covered, for 10 minutes.
Fluff up quinoa grains with a fork and toss with roast pumpkin and remaining quinoa salad ingredients. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Heat a drizzle of oil in a fry pan on medium heat and cook haloumi slices for 1-2 minutes on each side until golden brown, and melted on the inside. Mix all dressing ingredients together and toss with quinoa salad. To serve, divide quinoa salad between bowls and top with slices of cooked haloumi and grilled chicken breast if using.
Avocado Cream Dip
This recipe is perfect for entertaining or as a savoury treat! We have filled the centre of cherry tomatoes in this recipe but it would make a tasty dip for crackers or chips too!
Chilled Cucumber Avocado Soup
This soup is inspired by Nana’s chilled cucumber soup. And although the original recipe doesn’t contain avocado my Nana being quite radical for her time (back in the 80’s) would sometimes add a scoop of avocado for an extra creamy texture. It was not unusual for this chilled soup to be served on a hot summer day, even featuring as a refreshing starter to Christmas lunch on a number of occasions. For a dairy-free soup omit the yogurt and add extra lemon to taste. A balance of salty, sour and pungent is the key to this flavoursome soup, which I hope will become a family favourite using creamy NZ avocados.
Avocado and White Chocolate Ice Cream
Children love sweet treats, but a lot of treats are packed with sugar and unhealthy fats. Avocados are the prefect based for super healthy desserts and treats for kids, packed with healthy fats, their creamy rich texture makes them ideal to make icecream.These recipes are also ideal to make popsicles for your kids too!
Avocado and Cherry Tomatoes on Toast
This classic combination is sure to give you a great start to the day.