This recipe came from an excellent and surprising source. My friend Lynda recommended it and it’s The Fast 800 Recipe book. But don’t let it put you off, honestly it’s become one of my most used and loved books for its simple, healthy, quick recipes which you can augment or add to if you’re not fasting. Which I so rarely can…This serves four which you can eat with lovely crusty bread if you’re not carb-avoidant. And who is these days? It’s surprisingly delicious. TBH I’m not a huge fan of ratatouille, or beans and yet this is…yum.
2 peppers – not green sorry, de-seeded and cut into chunks
1 medium aubergine or two courgettes
1 onion cut into chunks
3 tablespoons of olive oil
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
Basil leaves, a small handful sliced into shreds (don’t cry if you don’t have)
1 x 400g can of chopped tomatoes
1 teaspoon of oregano (or use a tin of tomatoes with herbs)
225g block halloumi cheese – slice into eight
A tin of 400g of drained and rinsed cannellini beans
Oven to 220C. Place the peppers and aubergine/courgette and onions onto a tray, drizzle on the olive oil, season with salt and pepper (but not too much salt as the halloumi is quite salty). Mix everything around and roast for 30-35 minutes, turning half way through if you can be bothered.
After this time, take out, stir in the garlic and basil, tomatoes + oregano and beans. Arrange the slices of halloumi on top and back in the oven for about 15 mins. I tend to give it a ‘top oven’ blast for a few minutes at the end. The halloumi should be lightly browned.
Scatter over more fresh basil if you remember and serve with a crisp green salad.