Back in 1986, I had the opportunity to go and live in Cyprus for a year. This was due to my husband’s work. We had only been married for a year, and it was quite an adventure. I had never been outside of the UK before.
I tended to cook most meals for us at home because of the hours my husband was working. Plus he had some distance to travel to work each day from our beautiful apartment.
But there were occasions when we loved to go out. It was during these meals that I came across a cheese that I fell in love with. That cheese was halloumi. The meals we would enjoy were meat or fish mezzes. These comprised lots of grilled meat or fish and grilled halloumi. Along with plenty of fresh salads.
One food that was a favorite of my husband was cabbage soaked in lemon juice.
I never thought about what I was eating then. I just enjoyed the food. If you were to look at what I tended to eat then most of it would have come under the Paleo diet umbrella. But it wasn’t even in existence then.
Although I follow a Paleo lifestyle now. There are still certain foods that I will include in my diet. One of these is halloumi.
A few months back my husband came across a recipe that I tried out and we both fell in love with it. The recipe required the halloumi to be coated in flour. But I decided to change this and coat mine in almond flour along with the cayenne pepper instead.
I’ve now cooked it a couple of times. It makes this cheese taste even more delicious.
Before finding this Crispy Halloumi Chips recipe I use to just fry it in a dry pan. I would then serve it with a few cherry tomatoes or some homemade humus.
Eating this would bring back memories of the wonderful time I had when I lived in Cyprus.
Okay, this recipe isn’t what some would call Paleo. Many would suggest it is Primal instead. But there are certain benefits to be had from including such in your diet.
Just like other cheeses, this one is dairy. Although today it gets made using cow’s milk. Traditional versions of this cheese get made using either sheep or goats milk. These are the ones that I tend to buy.
What I love about this cheese is its versatility. Unlike other cheeses I use to eat this one doesn’t actually melt when it gets heated. So it is possible to grill or fry it.
But this isn’t the only reason why I love this cheese. Here are some of the other reasons why I love it so much.
A 50g serving contains about 166 calories. If you were to eat 1 oz of it, you would be eating around about 90 calories.
In a 1 oz serving it contains just 7.5g of fat even though this recipe includes coconut oil for cooking it in. Providing you with around 12% of your daily needs.
This particular cheese is a great source of protein. Again in 1 oz of halloumi, you’ll find it contains 6g of protein. Again protein is vital not only on a Paleo or Primal diet but other diets as well.
Just like other dairy products this cheese is a wonderful source of calcium. If you were to eat 1 oz you would be able to enjoy 20% of your daily needs.
Halloumi contains quite a lot of salt compared to some other cheeses. It is for this reason that we only eat it on the odd occasion. But by dry frying it I find this helps to remove a lot of the moisture within the cheese. This, in turn, helps to reduce the amount of salt. This is why in the recipe above you will notice that I haven’t included any salt in it.
As I said before this isn’t considered to be a Paleo diet food. But I just cannot give it up and I do limit how often I have it.