Hi. My name is Rachelle, and I’m addicted to Middle Eastern food. I was born and raised in Detroit—and the nearby city of Dearborn is home to one of the largest populations of people from the Middle East in the country, so I’ve always been surrounded by delicious food. But it wasn’t until after I went vegan that I became more adventurous and started trying new things. It’s been a love affair ever since. You may not know that tons of traditional Middle Eastern foods are naturally vegan. In fact, you may not even know what Middle Eastern food is. But that’s OK—I’ve got you!
Find your local Middle Eastern restaurant ASAP.
Here’s the need to know:
Hummus (aka “the only food you ever really need”)
All right, you guys, you all love hummus, right? Hummus—you know, the most delicious chickpea-based food ever? You can eat this LIFE-CHANGING spread on its own, smear it on veggies and crackers, use it on sammies in place of mayo, take baths in—whoa, this just got too real.
Hummus is a spread made of chickpeas, tahini (a sesame seed paste), lemon, olive oil, and spices. You can find it at every middle eastern restaurant and now at every grocery store!
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.
Tabbouleh is a light and fresh salad made of chopped parsley, bulgur wheat (or quinoa–which is super popular right now), onions, tomatoes, lemon, mint, and seasonings. It’s great in a sandwich with falafel, or on it’s own with some pita bread and tahini.
It's meatless Monday (well, everyday is meatless for me ?) Enjoying this refreshing and light tabboulEH salad. Bulgur, tomatoes, cucumber, mint, lots of fresh parsley and olive oil and fresh lemon juice as a dressing. ? #tabboulehEH#EH#tabbouleh#taboli#tabboulehsalad#meatlessmonday#parsley#whatsfordinner#veganfood#veganrecipe#vegetarian#veggies#detox#пп#правильноепитание#eat_clean_foodie#rsreboot#cleaneating#crueltyfree#fitness#healthyfood#raw#saladbowl#salad#vegetarianfood#веган#вегетарианство#салат
If I were on a desert island and could only eat one food, this would be it. Fattoush means “bread salad.” This tangy lemony salad is tossed with crunchy pita chips and the Arabic spices sumac and za’atar. Damn, y’all.
Marinated Kale Fattoush topped with sumac, a deliciously tangy pomegranate dressing and organic crisp bread – this one is definitely a winner. Recipe up on the blog now! (link in profile) Ps. avocado makes a secret appearance in this recipe too – who can guess where? #kalefattoush #arabveganfood #lebanesefood #veganlebanesefood #fattoush #kale #marinatedkale #kalesalad #middleeasternfood #newrecipe #blog #veganrecipes #onearabvegan #vegan #whatveganseat #veganfoodshare #vegansofig #bestofvegan
Not only is Middle Eastern food fun to eat, it’s also fun to say. Say it with me: Muhammaraaaaaah. This dish—which is usually made with red peppers, walnuts, and pomegranate—is spicy, sweet, and savory. (Check out this great recipe from TheVegLife.com!)
Dolmas—or stuffed grape leaves—have gone mainstream. You can even find them at Trader Joe’s! These tiny little wraps are stuffed with rice, herbs, and spices (and sometimes, tomatoes and other veggies). Dip them in hummus or tahini or wrap ’em up with tabbouleh and hummus!
DOLMA | Stuffed Vine leaves aka Dolma in the middle east is one of the most deliciously moreish dishes out there! I took a more healthy route to recreate them using buckwheat groats/quinoa and believe me they tasted so so good I received an approval from everyone who devoured them! They are now up on the blog; link is in my bio. Happy cooking ? #healthydolma #dolmarecipe #turkishdolma #stuffedvineleaves #homemadedolma #turkishcuisine #healthydinner #healthylunch #vegandolma #veganlunch #vegan #vegandinner #paleodolma #paleo #feedfeed @thefeedfeed
So you’re at a restaurant, and you want hummus, but you also want dolmas—and you’re itching to try the baba ghanoush. Well, you’re in luck! Most Middle Eastern restaurants offer a vegetarian mezze platter that has all the best stuff. I mean, come on, look at this—DAYUM. If you’re not drooling by now, you might wanna see a doctor.
Mujaddara is a yummy mix of lentils, rice, and spices, topped with caramelized onions. It sounds pretty basic, but it’s healthy, flavorful, and delish. You can also top it with tahini, eggplant, tomatoes, and more. If you’re ordering at a restaurant, just make sure to ask for no melted butter on top. Mmmm.
Find Middle Eastern foods at the grocery store!
You don’t need to have a Middle Eastern restaurant near you to get your nom on. Places like Trader Joe’s sell tahini (a crucial element in hummus—and it’s super-tasty on its own, too), hummus, tabbouleh, and more. Check out the “Natural Foods” section or the international aisle of your local grocery store. Here are my fave Middle Eastern–inspired recipes to make at home:
Made with vegan meat, because what kind of an asshole eats a lamb?!
The quintessential component to a #vegan Mediterranean feast: whole baked eggplants marinated with za’atar and olive oil topped with creamy raw vegan labneh. This super simple recipe is up on the newly re-designed blog now! (link in profile) #everythingtastesbetterwithzaatar #eggplant #aubergine #bakedeggplant #zaatar #mediterraneancuisine #veganrecipe #30minsorless #whatveganseat #vegansofig #plantbased #veganblog #onearabvegan
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