On April 2nd, Muslims all around the world welcomed the holy month of Ramadan, wherein from sun-up to sundown, Muslims fast from food and drink and perpetuate kindness, togetherness and sharing.
In short, Ramadan is the month of giving back to our communities and in that spirit, we thought what better time than this, to thank you for your support with nutritious, quick and easy recipes.
We are kicking things off with 3 recipes, one of which is vegan (and another can be made vegan with a simple swap): a quick side dish, a main dish and a sunny dessert.
Eaten all over the Middle East, you could say that Baba Ghanouj is an ellusive dish.
While many know it as a fine purée of eggplants and Tahini (a paste made from lightly toasted white sesame seeds) and other aromatics, that same preparation is known under a different name depending on where you are in the Middle East.
For today’s recipe, we will be taking inspiration from Lebanon, where Baba Ghanouj is an exciting affair.
Did we mention that this side dish is vegan? Steps to make it are below:
Enjoy with warm bread.
This recipe is a riff on your classic roast vegetables, focusing on the pumpkin (or butternut squash depending on availability), with a Middle Eastern secret ingredient.
In this recipe, we rely on the sweetness of the pumpkin as a base and elevate it with 2 special Greek Yogurt sauces: a herby one , and a spicy one.
To make this dish vegan, all you have to do is substitute the Greek Yogurt with a non-dairy option, or use coconut cream. (While this recipe was tested with Greek Yogurt, we would love your feedback on the vegan version using the hashtag #OLYFO).
What better way to finish a meal than with a zingy, lemony, sunny tart in preperation for summer, featuring our very own Ifriqia Extra Virgin Olive Oil ?
In this recipe, we focused on speed and ease so we opted for store-bought tart shells, but feel free to make your own! We happened to share with you a recipe for Olive Oil Tart Dough on Pi Day (recipe on our Instagram).
While the basil can be optional, we urge you to give it a try for a Mojito-esque take on a classic lemon tart, ingredients and instructions for which are down below:
This was our round up for this week! We hope this inspired you to get cooking, and we most importantly look forward to seeing the culinary marvels you produced, so tag us on Instagram and Facebook at #OLYFO and keep your eyes peeled for more recipes soon!
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