Fig, Parma Ham & Asparagus Salad

I’ve been having a little think as to what I could possibly do to make my food more exciting, and to help me stick to my healthy diet. I’ve therefore decided, to expand my culinary skills and try out new things. Now what are the best tools to help me along the way? Well Instagram and Pinterest of course, because how can you start a journey without a little inspiration?

So today I’ve opted for a very simple yet different recipe, as this is not something I would usually think of making. I’ve chosen to make haloumi and asparagus parcels wrapped in parma ham. To make the dish a little more exciting, I’ve decided to serve these on a bed of chicken soaked quinoa.

Ingredients needed (serves 2):

125g of Goats cheese
A pack of Asparagus ( 110g)
A Pack of parma Ham (100g)
100-150g of uncooked quinoa
A cube of Knorr Chicken Stock

The method:
First, bring a pot of water to boil and add your stock cube by crumbling it into the water, along with the quinoa. Decrease the heat for the quinoa to simmer for 20 minutes.

Next, chop the asparagus in half and remove all the bits you don’t want/need. Next, slice the haloumi into around 10 slices.

Now take two pieces of asparagus to one piece of haloumi and wrap these in a slice of parma ham. Place this onto an aluminium covered baking tray (trust me – this minimises the mess and clean-up after).

Once complete, set your oven to grill at 180 C and place the baking tray underneath for 4-5 minutes. Then turn the parcels and let them grill for another 4-5 minutes on the other side.

Check you have cooked your parcels thoroughly before turning off the grill and leaving your parcels in the oven with the door ajar, to ensure they stay warm.

Now remove the quinoa from the heat and drain it, putting it onto your plate to serve as a bed for your parcels. Next, place your parcels onto the quinoa bed one by one and enjoy!

I made a variation of the above, by making a Fig, Parma Ham & Asparagus salad. For this I used Haloumi instead of Goats Cheese. I would not recommend this as it ended up being far too salty (and that means a large amount of sodium was consumed, which is definitely not ideal). I also added some figs roasted in maple syrup, which did taste pretty good, and instead of quinoa, I had everything with iceberg lettuce, rocket, cucumber and tomatoes. All in all it was quite a large, meal, but the finished product looked like this:

Fig, parma ham & asparagus salad

I like to be real with you all, so note for the future: this can definitely serve two people, so don’t do what I did and over eat!

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