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May 2019

The Best Healthy Ramadan Recipes to Whip Up For Your Next Iftar

Impress the in-laws with these delicious dishes.

The best Ramadan Iftar recipes to try tonight

The best Ramadan Iftar recipes to try tonight 

 

Thinking up new Iftar recipes night after night is no easy feat, especially if you have a revolving door of guests coming through your home during Ramadan. 
In need of kitchen inspiration, we turned to one of our favourite chefs, Zahra Abdalla, whose famous book Cooking With Zahra has become our go-to guide for both traditional and modern Middle Eastern cuisine. 
Here are our top two healthy and meat-free recipes – so there’s no need to make something separate for veggie guests.


Roasted Cabbage with Lemon and Tahini Sauce

Roasted cabbage with lemon and tahini sauce

Roasted cabbage with lemon and tahini sauce

 

“Roasted cabbage with lemon and tahini sauce is a delicious, healthy and vegan dish that I love serving at my dinner parties. I usually like to serve it with some roast chicken, or it can be served as a simple and light meal on its own,” says Zahra. “Every time I prepare this at one of my dinner parties; my guests always leave asking for the recipe.”

Ingredients: Serves 4 – 6  

  • ½ head of cabbage
  • Salt 
  • Freshly ground black pepper 
  • Olive oil 

Lemon and tahini sauce: 

  • 1 cup tahini paste
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 2/3 cup water
  • ¼ tsp chilli powder (optional) 
  • 1 tsp sea salt 
  • Freshly ground black pepper 

Garnish: 
1 cup mixed sprouts, for garnish 

1. Preheat oven at 200°C. Cut half a head of cabbage into 6 or 8 equal-sized wedges, cutting through the core and stem end. Arrange the wedges in a single layer on a baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Flip the cabbage wedges and do the same on the other side.

2. Bake the cabbage for 20 – 30 minutes, flipping halfway through. Roast until tender and golden-brown.

3. To make the sauce, combine the tahini paste and lemon juice in a small bowl. Slowly add the water to this, whisking until the sauce has a light, creamy consistency. Season with chilli powder, sea salt and pepper.

4. Serve the roasted cabbage on a platter and top with a drizzle of the lemon and tahini sauce, and garnish with mixed sprouts. Serve hot or cold.

 

Kookoo Sabzi Mixed Herb Frittata

 Kookoo sabzi mixed herb frittata

Kookoo sabzi mixed herb frittata

 

“Usually this dish is fried,” explains Zahra. “However, as a healthier alternative, I bake it like a cake and slice it before serving. This dish is delicious when served hot or cold.”

 
Ingredients: Serves 6 – 8 
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 cups fresh parsley, finely chopped 
  • 2 cups fresh coriander, finely chopped 
  • 1 cup fresh green onions, finely chopped 
  • 1 cup fresh chives, finely chopped 
  • 1 cup fresh dill, finely chopped 
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp barberries (optional)
  • ¼ cup walnuts, roughly chopped (optional) 
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper powder 

1. Preheat oven at 180°C.

2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs until well beaten. Then add parsley, coriander, green onions, chives, dill, flour, barberries, walnuts, olive oil, salt and black pepper powder, and mix well until fully combined.

3. Pour the batter into a greased ovenproof skillet or cake pan and bake for 45 minutes.

4. Remove from oven and set aside to cool. Cut into small pieces and serve with baked salmon and sabzi polo.  

 
Cooking with Zahra by Zahra Abdalla and Motivate Publishing

Cooking with Zahra by Zahra Abdalla, Motivate Publishing 

 

 
July 2018

3 Foodie Favourites That Will Not Blow the Diet

These healthy restaurants will keep you on the right track.

The best restaurants in Dubai and MENA for healthy eaters

Healthy meals to try at restaurants in Dubai and MENA region

 

Eating out does not have to mean blowing your healthy habits. While smart menu choices come into play (pretend you did not see that strawberry cheesecake), we’ve recently discovered a number of delicious restaurants in Dubai and across the Middle East that offer tasty dishes for the calorie-conscious. 

Our foodie experts have also made sure that all these culinary hotspots are family friendly so the whole gang can enjoy nutritious nosh on your next outing. 

 

L’Eto

L’Eto is one of the best restaurants in Dubai

L’Eto restaurant is a healthy must-try in Dubai

 

This newly opened stylish chain has already become a firm favourite with Dubai’s fitness set. Located inside Mall of the Emirates, the food focus at L’Eto is on super fresh ingredients used to craft a range of healthy dishes, such as quinoa salads, eggs, wraps, balsamic glazed vegetables and even a guilt-free edamame and mushroom burger! You can also build your own plate from a spread of healthy options at the salad bar. 

 

Pasqua Café

Pasqua Café in City Centre Maadi

Pasqua Café in City Centre Maadi

 

From light soups to an array of veggie-packed salads and protein-rich meat and fish fillets, this Cairo-based Mediterranean eatery is guaranteed to satisfy healthy eaters. Located amongst all the shops and entertainment venues in City Centre Maadi, Pasqua Café also offers a wide selection of fresh fruit smoothies to help wash down your nutritious nibbles. 

 

Ebn El Balad 

The best Middle Eastern food in Egypt

Expect mouthwatering Middle Eastern food at Ebn El Balad

 

Aside from the deep-fried mezze, mounds of rice and oh so tasty shawarmas, Arabic cuisine is actually very healthy. Most Middle Eastern restaurants will offer lean grilled meat platters, fattoush salad, lentil soup, falafel and stuffed vine leaves. 

Ebn El Balad offers all these classic dishes plus plenty more in a casual setting situated inside two of the top malls in Egypt, City Centre Alexandria and Mall of Egypt.


 
April 2018

Foodie Edit: 3 Of The Best Pizza Places In The Middle East

These foodie spots challenge Italy in the pizza stakes.

Where to get the best pizza in the Middle East

Where to get the best pizza in the Middle East

 

Whether you’re partial to a deep pan, Roman-style squares or you’re a loyal thin and crispy fan, most of us can I agree on one thing – a mutual love for pizza.

One of Italy’s most famous foodie exports, the humble pie’s roots date back to 1889 when the first pizza is said to have been made to honour the Queen consort of Italy, Margherita of Savoy. Consisting of baked dough garnished with tomatoes and basil to represent the colours of the Italian flag, this foodie favourite has undoubtedly come a long way since with limitless options.

From stuffed crusts filled with melted cheese to gluten-free bases and a seemingly never-ending variety of toppings, we have tried them all to report back on the top three places for pizza fans to try across the Middle East. 

California Pizza Kitchen 


Serving up some of the tastiest slices in town, California Pizza Kitchen in Mall of the Emirates is a relaxed spot for all to enjoy and one of the best restaurants in Dubai to take your children.

The casual eatery is well loved for its classic Margherita (take your pick from either hand-tossed original crust or thin and crispy), but delve further into the vast menu and try the spicy chipotle chicken and fire-roasted vegetable options.

California Pizza Kitchen in Dubai

California Pizza Kitchen in Dubai

 


800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza Dubai


Whipped up fresh using high-quality ingredients shipped straight from Naples, 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza is one of the best places to grab an authentic slice of pie. 

Build your pizza from an extensive selection of toppings (think rosemary turkey and smoked provolone) or opt for baked pasta, burratas, salads or grilled meat mains. We’ve chomped our way through the entire menu, and we’re delighted customers!

Find 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza located in Mall of the Emirates and City Centre Me'aisem.

800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza Dubai

800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza Dubai in Mall of the Emirates

 


Pizza Hut

You just cannot go wrong with a round of pizzas at this ultimate cheat-day foodie spot. We are long-time lovers of the too-tasty-to-resist super supreme pizza – an indulgent doughy bite loaded with toppings and stuffed with a melted cheese crust. 

Pizza Hut is located in Mall of the Emirates, Mall of Egypt, City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Sharjah, City Centre Ajman, City Centre Qurum, City Centre Deira, City Centre Muscat, City Centre Alexandria and City Centre Maadi


 
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