This week I thought it was time to get back into the kitchen and cook a healthy gut meal that the whole family can enjoy. I am going to try my hand at a Lebanese tasting plate.
I first fell in love with Lebanese tasting plates when we were in a little beachside town in NSW Australia. I wrote down all the things on the plate and took photos so that I could have a go at making it.
My Lebanese tasting plate is going to consist of – hummus, tabouli, tzatziki, falafels and flatbread. You could add some lamb to the plate but mine was all frozen!
(based on a Jamie Oliver recipe)
•1 x 400g cans of chickpeas
•4 tsp tahini (I leave this bit out)
•1 garlic cloves, crushed
•1/2 tsp crushed sea salt
•3 tbsp quality extra virgin olive oil (plus extra for drizzling)
•1 1/2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
•Coriander or parsley leaves (if I happen to have them)
Houmous recipes might include spices such as cumin, coriander seeds, paprika, dried chilli flakes, sumac.
•Rinse chick peas in water.
•Add all the ingredients to the food processor and blend until smooth. If you want a less dense mixture add some more oil.
•Taste and adjust as it suits you or add in some other spices.
•1/2 cup of couscous cooked as per packet directions (or burgher )
•1 tomatoes, finely chopped
•1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves (you can mix in some mint leaves if you have them)
•5 small red shallot onions, thinly sliced
•salt and pepper if you like
•Place all ingredients together in a bowl.
•Stir to combine. Serve.
•1/2 cup greek natural yoghurt
•1/2 a cucumber
•1 small garlic clove chopped finely
•small amount of mint (if you have it)
•small amount of red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
•salt and pepper
•Coarsely grating the cucumber and squeeze out excess water
• Pour the water away, then tip the cucumber into the empty bowl and add the yoghurt.
•Add the finely cut or crushed garlic into the bowl
•Add the dried mint and red wine vinegar and mix really well.
•Taste to see if the balance right.
•1 packet of falafel mix (I found some in Grand Lucky!)
•Follow packet instructions on how to make falafels.
Jamie Olivers falafel recipe if your up to it –
•1 x 400 g tin of mixed beans
•1 x 400 g tin of chickpeas
•1 tablespoon harissa
•1 heaped teaspoon allspice
•1 heaped tablespoon plain flour
•1 bunch fresh coriander
Flat bread recipe
(based on a Jamie Oliver recipe)
•350 g self-raising flour , plus extra for dusting
•1 teaspoon baking powder
•350 g natural yoghurt
•Add all the flatbread ingredients to a mixing bowl and mix together with a spoon, then use clean hands to pat and bring everything together.
•Dust a clean work surface with flour, then tip out the dough.
•Knead for a minute or so to bring it all together
•Put the dough into a floured-dusted bowl and cover with a plate, then leave aside.
• Dust a clean work surface and rolling pin with flour, then divide the dough in half, then divide each half into 6 equal-sized pieces (roughly the size of a golf ball).
• With your hands, pat and flatten the dough, then use a rolling pin to roll each piece into 12cm rounds, roughly 2mm to 3mm thick.
•Place a pan on a high heat, then once hot, cook each one for 1 to 2 minutes
I also add a green lettuce mix with coarsely grated zucchini, you can put it all out on a large chopping board or in separate bowls.
Now you have all of the different components
It is an easy, fun, messy meal which should be eaten with your fingers.
The kids will love both the mess and the excuse to eat with their hands.
Your guts will love this meal because of the yoghurt, chick peas, couscous, herbs, beans, green leaves and raw veg.
Everyone should be happy!!