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Veggie Inspiration: Mediterranean Paneer with Roasted Yam

Hi everyone, I am back with another delicious dish for you! Apologies for not having an "Eat the Cupboard" inspired dish (I have loads of alternative flours just waiting to be used for something!). So, unfortunately, you are stuck with a fresh take on some root vegetables and paneer!

Of course, paneer is an Indian cheese similar to halloumi, which has a mild taste, so it is versatile to change its flavor profile. So I played with some spices in the cupboard and gathered fresh chives from the garden to make these tasty protein bites. It was such a great taste that balanced out those rich yams!

Mediterranean Paneer with Roasted Yam

Cook Time: 40 minutes Marinating time: 12 hours

Servings: Three Cost per serving: $5.50*


Two teaspoons of balsamic vinegar

One teaspoon of Italian seasoning

Half of a lemon, juiced

Four tablespoons of chopped chives

Four garlic cloves minced

350g of paneer diced

Two medium-sized yams

Two tablespoons of olive oil

Two teaspoons of crushed red pepper

1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper

227g container of crimini mushrooms diced

One tablespoon of sundried tomato chopped

One red pepper diced


  1. Overnight: In an air-tight container, combine the paneer, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, Italian seasoning, chopped chives, and minced garlic. Coat the paneer well and allow it to marinate in the fridge overnight.

  2. The following day Preheat the oven to 350 F.

  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the diced yams on the baking sheet and coat with two tablespoons of olive oil, crushed pepper, and ground black pepper.

  4. Spread the yams evenly on the baking sheet and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes.

  5. While the yams bake, place a medium-sized pan on the element on medium heat. Warm up one tablespoon of olive oil and coat the pan.

  6. Add in all the contents of the marinated paneer container and the chopped sundried tomatoes.

  7. Once the paneer pieces become golden around the edges, add the diced peppers and sliced mushrooms. Cook until the mushrooms have browned.

  8. Remove the yams from the oven. Place them on a plate and add the paneer on top.

Want to level it up? Top it up with half an avocado to add a creamy texture with all the benefits of magnesium and good fats! Each serving will cost an average of 50-75 cents.

Have you played with overnight marinades? What are some of your favorite flavor combinations?

Until next time, stay well!


*Prices vary, depending on where you shop.

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