Eating Vegan: Middle Eastern Food!
OK—I’m biased. Yesterday when I told you about our new “Eating Vegan” international food series, I made sure to schedule Middle Eastern food first. Why? Well, two reasons, first: I grew up in Detroit, MI—where Lebanese food is EVERYWHERE, and second: Middle Eastern food is usually cheap, easy to find, and DELICIOUS … not to mention, healthy! Perfect, right?
The best part? Common and popular dishes in Middle Eastern culture—like falafel, tahini, fattoush, tabbouleh, muhammara, and of course, hummus are naturally vegan! No “minus the cheese, please” here. And other delish options that are usually vegan are grape leaves (or dolmas) and lentil soup.
Photo credit: peta2 and QuarryGirl
Where can you get it? Everywhere! Google a Middle Eastern restaurant near you ASAP!
Must-have dish? If you haven’t had falafel, you haven’t lived. Falafel is a ball or patty made up of spices and chickpeas—and usually wrapped up with tahini or hummus, lettuce, tomatoes, and pickled vegetables, in pita bread. My personal fave dish is fattoush—a salad made up of lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and fried pita chips, doused in lemony olive oil and spices. YUM! My stomach is growling, is yours?
Which international food do you want us to dish on next week?
P.S. Live in the Detroit area? Head to Cedar Garden in Dearborn Heights … seriously. Thank me later.