Middle Eastern dishes are at the top of our healthy comfort food list. The Middle Eastern restaurants we frequent in Chicago have tons of vegetable-packed options, and one of our favorite dishes is a plate of very lightly fried cauliflower with fresh tomatoes, parsley and tahini sauce.
Here's a recipe recommendation for an even healthier homecooked version:The Washington Post has a recipe for a very similar dish with roasted cauliflower from Olives & Oranges: Recipes & Flavor Secrets from Italy, Spain, Cyprus & Beyond by Sara Jenkins and Mindy Fox.
To turn this dish into a complete meal, they recommend serving it with bulgur wheat soaked in equal parts lemon juice and water. Or, serve it with whole wheat pitas and slice up whatever fresh vegetables you have on hand (like tomatoes, carrots, red onion, lettuce – traditional tabouli salad would be great too) and let everyone make their own pocket sandwiches.
Related: Best Healthy Comfort Foods? Ideas Wanted!
Recipe: Yazbek Tabouli
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