Here's a post for our health-conscious friends! :)
When you think about Lebanese food, you probably think red meat, lots of oil, endless amounts of pita bread, and sugary desserts. Many of these dishes are ones that most people eat on special occasions. The truth is, there are many healthy Lebanese dishes that you can eat regularly without harming your diet.
As a Lebanese-American, I have definitely struggled with "dieting" and eating smaller portions. I mean, we don't even use utensils, we use pita bread! Also, how do you just have one piece of kibbeh or one slice of manoush? The answer is you don't! You just cook those dishes less often, and indulge when you do have them.
For today's post I'm going to share with you three healthy recipes right from our site. Hope you enjoy!
#1: Loubieh Bil Zeit (Green Beans with Oil)
Normally eaten with pita, this vegetarian dish is also delicious eaten alone as a healthy side dish. Green beans are great for you, and giving them a little flavor with this recipe is a good way to get yourself to eat them. One of the ingredients is olive oil, which has many health benefits. For those counting calories, one tablespoon of olive oil is around 115 calories and for our recipe we used 3 tablespoons (you can always lessen that amount).
Tabouli contains a lot of parsley, and parsley has been considered one of the healthiest foods ever! Parsley is great for cleansing, is extremely low in calories, and contains many vitamins. Another main ingredient in tabouli is bulgar, a wheat that has also been considered to be very healthy. Bulgar is high in fiber which is great for those looking to lose or maintain their weight. On top of all of this, tabouli is so delicious and makes a great side salad! Tabouli is also traditionally eaten on top of a lettuce leaf.
#3: Cucumber and Greek Yogurt
Cucumber, yogurt, garlic, and mint leaves are the only 4 ingredients in this amazingly yummy dish (and salt which is optional). You can use any type of yogurt for this recipe, it's up to your tastebuds. A cup of low-fat plain greek yogurt, for example, is about 160 calories and is high in protein. Mix that in with cucumber slices and minced mint and garlic and you have yourself a super healthy yogurt dip! It also tastes great alone or as a side with a grilled item!