I really enjoy making & eating Middle Eastern salads & dishes. I usually make them just for me since my guys are not as enthusiastic as I am when it comes to all the whole grain, garlicky, fresh green herb, olive oil goodness that is so much a part of these dishes. No matter, I make them for myself & enjoy them fully ~ either as a stand alone dish or as a side dish. Sometimes, I will have just a little bit of this & some of that, left in the fridge. When I do, I can then make a Meze Platter, it's the perfect way to clean out the fridge & have a nice meal. With the addition of a few nuts & some pita bread, I'm in heaven. Who says cooking for one is boring? Certainly not me! Enjoy!
|Baba Ghanoush ~ Every time I make this, it reminds me of a bit they did on the TV show "Mad About You", involving a garlicky, baba ghanoush kiss. It always makes me smile. :)|
|Tabouli ~ I love making this salad when I have fresh veggies/herbs available from our garden, can't get fresher than that. This is one of my favorite summer salads.|
|Meze Platter ~ What a great way to use up odds & ends from the fridge. Presenting it this way turns leftovers into something special. When I made it this time, I stuffed a tomato with herbed couscous, added some nuts, a refreshing cucumber yogurt tzatziki, tabouli & baba ghanoush. Serve with a pita, for scooping up all that taste pleasure & you've got a splendid meal.|
|Garbanzo Bean & Carrot Hummus ~ I wrote about this dish a few months ago. It would be a nice addition to any meal or party. Adding pureed carrots to the garbanzo bean mixture really lightens/brightens it up ~ a nice twist in the calorie, color & flavor departments.|