Meze or mezza is a selection of various small dishes meant to accompany the drinking of Arak, the famous Lebanese spirit.
Lebanese people spend more than two hours on the lunch table. From mezza to main courses to dessert. If you are invited to a Lebanese lunch, you should expect to stay late!
Most of the Lebanese mezza consist of healthy dishes that are vegetarian. You can base your diet on Lebanese food, all the while staying healthy and getting all the nutrients your body needs.
You can easily skip the meat and chicken without even fighting the temptation!
Tabbouleh and Fattoush are the main salads on the menu. Hummus is the delicious spread or dip made out of cooked and mashed chickpeas.
Baba Ghannouj is a dish of mashed cooked eggplant mixed with tahina, olive oil, and various seasonings, often topped with pomegranate.
Hindbeh is cooked Dandelion topped with fried caramelized onions. Mouajjanet is a collection of grilled or fried, cigars or triangles, dough filled with cheese or spinach.
Wara’ ‘Enab are vine leaves stuffed with a mixture of rice, tomato, and parsley. Batata Harra are cubes of fried potatoes marinated in a chilli sauce.
The list can indeed go on and on and on. Lebanese mezza can provide you with the proteins and fibers you need to sustain your everyday life. It is a diet based on vegetables, as well as beans and milk products.
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