Post in collaboration with Heck
Oh Heck! No I'm not blaspheming, merely telling you about who I'm collaborating on with this post. HECK are probably best known for their fab sausages with flavours you can swear by (and names that will make you smirk) however they've gone green and now have a new range of veggie burgers, bangers and balls all officially approved by the Vegetarian Society. Currently exclusive to Waitrose, as well as being meat free they are also dairy free, gluten free and low in fat. Retailing at £3 for a pack of 9 the Super Greens veggie balls are made with quinoa, spinach, kale and ginger whilst the 9 Thai Bites Veggie balls are made with fragrant thai pesto, sweet potato & sticky rice. Both pack a real punch in terms of flavour.
Following the excitement of Christmas you could be mistaken for thinking that all goes quiet with regards to foodie celebrations however there's pretty much always a day/month/occasion to be celebrated. Amongst the somewhat tenuous Nutella Day, Toast Day, Strawberry Day and Yorkshire Pudding Day, January and February have already brought us Veganuary, Burns Night, Chinese New Year, Valentines Day and Pancake Day. March kicks off with St David's Day and Fairtrade Fortnight with 17th March bringing us to St Patrick's Day. National day of all things green (and black). So when Heck asked me to get creative with their Super Greens there was only one way to go - add more green! Pinterest is full of green food to celebrate the luck of the Irish however much of it owes its vibrancy to copious amounts of artificial food colourings. None of those in this recipe - nature really does have the best colour pallet.
Both the Super Greens and Thai Bites are fantastically versatile. You can use them like you would meatballs or falafels and the best bit is that despite being convenience food they contain only exactly what they would do if you'd made them yourself from scratch. Heck pride themselves in making their products in small batches for better flavour so they can bring farmers' market quality to your supermarket shelf (or their online store). As a meat eater, I love the fact that in no way, shape or form are they pretending to be meat but instead are gloriously vegetabally (is that even a word?!) and proud. I'm sure they must be helping towards my new target of 10-a-day (which if truth be told is seeming somewhat unachievable at the moment.)
Heck suggest serving up the Super Greens with a crisp beansprout and cashew nut salad #chopchop and stir frying the Thai Bites with bok choi and a sprinkle of chilli #chopsticksoptional I'm also going to give Kate at Veggie Desserts recipe a try for Vegan Noodle Salad with Peanut Sauce and Thai Bites. To add further greenness to my super greens I used avocado, soya beans, thai green curry paste, coriander, cucumber and mint. Oh and a green plate. If you have never grilled (or BBQ'd) avocado before, you are in for an absolute treat. The texture of charred on the outside and smooth and creamy inside is simply divine. As for grilled Halloumi - hot squeaky cheese is my idea of absolute heaven. Without further ado grab your green balls and a pint of the black stuff and give 'em Heck this St Patrick's Day.
Super Greens, Halloumi & Avocado Skewers with Thai Green Rice
225g Pack Heck Super Greens
125g Halloumi Cheese
Thai Green Rice
250g Cooked Basmati Rice
2 Tbsp Thai Green Curry Paste
150g Edamame Soya Beans, cooked
Bunch of Fresh Coriander, chopped
250g Natural Yoghurt
2 Tbsp freshly chopped Mint
Salt & Pepper
1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
4 Folded Flatbreads
If using wooden skewers, soak in water for 30 minutes.
De-stone and cut your Avocado into quarters. Peel and cut each quarter into three.
Cut the Halloumi cheese into bite sized cubes.
Carefully thread the Super Greens, Avocado and Halloumi onto skewers.
The skewers can be cooked under the grill, on a griddle pan or if weather permits, on the BBQ.
Cook them on a medium heat for 7-10 minutes turning occasionally until golden brown and warmed through.
Meanwhile stir fry the rice along with the Thai green curry paste and soya beans. When heated through mix in the chopped coriander.
Warm the flatbreads in the oven or toaster and serve filled with the Thai Green Rice, Super Greens, Halloumi and Avocado Skewers and Cucumber & Mint Raita on the side.
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