Some cuisines incorporate more meat than others. Spain is known for being a country of meat lovers, which makes it difficult to find many dishes that are free of animal products. But when it coms to Middle Eastern food, much of the cuisine is already “accidentally vegan.” We’re fans of this cuisine and can always rely on some humus and falafel (falafel is a popular street food in the U.S. too and we LOVE it). Need a theme for your next dinner? Here are some Vegan Middle Eastern recipes.
1. Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Chickpeas, tahini and roasted red pepper taste so delicious together. Taking the time to roast the peppers is an added step that a regular hummus recipe would not require, but the effort is worth it for that roasted pepper flavor.
2. Baked Falafel Salad and Two Creamy Dressings
Falafel is a popular Middle Eastern street food that we can find a lot in the U.S. as well (at least, here in NYC – so sorry if your town hasn’t hopped on the falafel bandwagon yet). We love it!
3. Bulgur With Curcuma, Veggies, Nuts, and Cranberries
Bulgur is a staple ingredient of Middle Eastern food. Try it in this recipe, which calls for zucchini, broccoli, pumpkin, cranberries, and Brazil nuts.
4. Homemade Tahini
This sauce is made from sesame seeds and tastes great when combined with eggplant, hummus or falafel.
5. Legendary Middle Eastern-Style Vegan Bake
This veggie bake merges the flavors of the Middle East with a touch of Greek and Turkish as well. Use your choice of vegan ground crumbles (might we suggest Beyond Meat?)
6. Vegan Tabbouleh With Barley
Tabbouleh is a tasty salad that originated in Egypt. This recipe calls for pearl barley instead of bulgur, which is what the salad is traditionally made of. Try it stuffed into a pita with hummus and greens!
Babaganoush is a tasty Middle Eastern spread made out of eggplant and tahini. Hummus is made from chickpeas and tahini. When you combine all three, you get this BabagaHummus!
8. Whole Wheat Pita Bread
Pita bread is perfect for stuffing! A great, no-frills meal idea is to stuff pita pockets with your choice of hummus, babaganoush, tabouleh, tahini sauce and picked veggies. Or, try mixing them all together!
9. Ayurvedic Falafel
This recipe is Ayurvedic because it uses mung beans instead of chickpeas, along with Ayurvedic spices. In Ayurveda, mung beans are regarded as the ‘king’ of all beans, since they are said to help balance all three doshas in our bodies.
10. Slow Cooker Vegan Vanilla Fig Oatmeal Topped With Baklava Filling
Ah, baklava – a carefully constructed pasty full of layer after layer of delicate pastry sheets, nuts and honey. For a vegan version, try the baklava filling in this recipe and place overtop oatmeal.
Lead image source: Veggie Tabbouleh With Barley