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Hosting a Vegetarian Dinner Party?

Make a lasting impression with Lebanese cuisine

Vegetarian meals aren’t just about pasta and salads. Lebanese cuisine offers an abundance of vegetarian options. Whether you’re planning a Saturday night dinner party with friends or a Sunday afternoon gathering with family, make a lasting impression with your Lebanese cuisine. You could also brag about how it is ranked as the #1 healthiest food in the world. You can pull it off without having to carry all the weight. We can help.

With the growth of Ottawa’s middle-eastern population, Mid-East Foods has expanded the product lines and services it offers to help you eat well, relish in a world of taste, yet still take pride in your stress-free, homemade dinner feast. You don’t have to go it alone.

Setting your menu

A Lebanese dinner menu carries a variety of small dishes. It consists of salads, cold mezza, hot mezza, an entrée and of course a sweet treat. That makes up quite the large feast with plenty of leftovers that last the entire week.

For the host who’s juggling a busy career, a family, and evening or weekend activities, a dinner party of any sort means time you just don’t have, let alone a Lebanese vegetarian party. But family and friends are important to you and so you’re not entirely giving up on your social life. This is where we can help.

How to make vs what to buy

Let’s break down the menu and talk about what to make from scratch, what to buy off the shelf and what to make with some help from Mid-East.

Salads – Tabouli is the first thing that comes to mind and, for some of us, that alone is an undertaking. Parsley carries soil, dirt and insects and must be washed thoroughly. I just spent a good hour watching YouTube videos on how to wash parsley and what I found was that while videos on how to make tabouli skip that process entirely, others show how to wash it one leaf at a time, which is not scalable for a bowl of tabouli. After washing it, you need to dry the parsley well so that the water does not take away from the taste of the lemon juice and the spices you use in your mix. Mid-East offers washed and chopped parsley so that all you need to do is dice the tomatoes and onion.

Salads don’t imply just greens but a Lebanese salad often implies a clove of garlic, freshly squeezed lemon juice, olive oil, and a dash of salt and pepper. You can cook any dried beans, boil just about any vegetable like beats or dandelion, or use canned vegetables like artichoke, palmetto hearts and baby corn and mix in the dressing. You can also look through the list of ready-made salads that we offer.