Freekeh with harissa-roasted vegetables is a deliciously nutty dish made with healthy grains and spiced courgettes and aubergines
- 2 courgettes, cut into chunks
- 4 mini (brinjal) aubergines, halved, or one large, cut into chunks
- 3 red onions, peeled and cut into chunks
- 2 red peppers, cut into chunks
- 1tbsp harissa paste
- 3tbsp olive oil
- 250g cooked freekeh
- 3tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley
- juice of 1 lemon
- 25g toasted hazelnuts, chopped
With plenty of veg, including courgettes, onions, red peppers and cooked freekah, along with aubergines, this dish will give you a good dose of your five-a-day and can be easily packaged up and taken for lunch too.
Freekah is a grain that’s high in fibre and protein, so it’s a really healthy grain option. While aubergine is also high in fibre as well as being rich in antioxidants – especially nasunin, an antioxidant that’s found in the skin of an aubergine.
This dish would make an excellent side dish at a party or can be cooked up in batches for your lunch for the whole week – just don’t be surprised if the rest of the family wants some too!
Heat the oven to 170C fan, gas 5. Put the courgettes, aubergines, onions and peppers in a bowl. Add the harissa paste and oil plus plenty of seasoning, then toss well to combine. Put onto 1-2 lined baking trays and roast until tender, about 35 minutes.
Return to the bowl, add the freekeh, parsley and lemon juice, and mix well. Pop onto a serving platter and scatter over the nuts.
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