James and Paul Anderson
James and Paul’s Mediterranean Halloumi Traybake
James and Paul Anderson
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 45 mins
8 vegetarian sausages
1 onion, diced
2 courgettes, diced
4 tomatoes, diced
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp ground turmeric
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 × 400g (14oz) tin of chickpeas, drained
200g (7oz) halloumi cheese, sliced
1 tbsp chopped fresh basil
Veg Portions / Serving: 3
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Heat the grill to medium-high.
Brown the sausages under the grill, turning regularly, then set aside to cool and slice (don’t worry if they’re not cooked all the way through).
Heat an ovenproof pan over a medium-high heat and spray it with a little oil.
Add the onion to the pan and cook for a few minutes, then add the sliced sausages and cook for a few minutes more.
Add the courgettes and tomatoes to the pan, along with the salt, turmeric, cumin, cayenne pepper and chickpeas.
Simmer over a medium-high heat for 20 minutes. Meanwhile heat the grill to medium-high again. Lay the sliced halloumi on top of the mix and place under the grill for a few minutes until golden. Sprinkle with the chopped basil and serve.
If you’re partial to a meatier sausage, pork ones work well instead of veggie ones.
Kids who engage regularly with veg through veg-themed activities, such as arts and crafts, sensory experiences, growing and cooking are shown to be more likely to eat the veg they engage with. Encouraging kids to engage and play with veg is the handy first step to them developing a good relationship with veg and life-long healthy eating.
Kids in the kitchen
Let the kids help you carefully add items to the pan and lay the halloumi on top. Get them sprinkling the basil over at the end.
While getting kids to interact with veggies for real and using their senses to explore them is best, encouraging hands off activities like arts & crafts, puzzles & games or at-home science experiments can be a great start, particularly for those who are fussier eaters or struggle with anything too sensory. Use these veg-themed activities as a stepping stone to interacting with the veg themselves. We have loads of crafty downloads here, puzzles here, and quirky science with veg here.
Once you feel your child is ready to engage a little more, you can show them how to explore the veg you have on hand with their senses, coming up with playful silly descriptions of how a veg smells, feels, looks, sounds and perhaps even tastes. Find ideas, videos and some simple sensory education session ideas to get you started here.
The moments before food is offered can be a perfect opportunity for engagement that can help make it more likely a child will eat it! Giving children a sense of ownership in the meal can make a big difference to their feelings going into it and the pride they take in it. You know your child best, but if you aren’t sure where to start, we have some fun and simple ideas for easy roles you can give them in the serving process over here.