Herby rice with roasted veg, chickpeas & halloumi

Herby rice with roasted veg, chickpeas & halloumi

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 35 mins


Serves 4
Stir parsley pesto through brown rice and top with onions, peppers, courgettes and chunks of halloumi cheese for a filling vegetarian dinner

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal782
  • fat40g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs70g
  • sugars17g
  • fibre1g
  • protein29g
  • salt1.9g


  • 2 red onions, cut into chunky wedges
  • 3 peppers, sliced (we used green, red and yellow)



    Also known as capsicums, bell peppers, sweet peppers or by their colours, for example red and…

  • 3 courgettes (about 600g), cut into batons



    The courgette is a variety of cucurbit, which means it's from the same family as cucumber,…

  • 5 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 200g brown basmati rice
  • small pack flat-leaf parsley
  • 85g cashew nuts
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 400g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 200g halloumi, cut into chunky cubes



    A semi-hard chewy, white cheese originating from Cyprus and made from cow's, goat's or…


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Put the red onions, peppers and courgettes in a large roasting tin, toss in 2 tbsp oil and season. (You may need to do this in 2 tins.) Pop in the oven and cook for 25 mins until the veg is tender and beginning to turn golden.

  2. Meanwhile, cook the rice following pack instructions. Whizz together the parsley, cashew nuts, remaining oil, the garlic and seasoning to make a pesto. Stir the chickpeas and halloumi into the roasted veg and cook for 10 mins more. Fork the parsley pesto through the rice, spoon over the veg and serve.

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2nd Aug, 2015
This is a great recipe, really wholesome too. The halloumi makes it.
14th Jul, 2015
Delicious, even without halloumi (parmesan shavings are great on it). I did cheat and used Tilda steamed brown basmati rice, the roasted vegetables one. I also overdid the garlic in the pesto but it was still quite nice!
Frantic Flapjack
30th Jun, 2015
I can't rate this highly enough. It was a taste sensation. The rice especially was delicious. A lovely colourful dish. It's a keeper.
6th Jun, 2015
Can't see how to give it a rating, but 5 stars from me.
6th Jun, 2015
Made this tonight for 6 people. Used 1.5 x everything except halloumi (2 packets) and chick peas (2 tins). Was just enough for 6 hungry people. Loved by all, including 4 older kids. Would make a bit more rice if making again but we all eat a lot. Loved the green rice, herby and creamy


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