Lebanese Food is perfect for #Veganuary


Lebanese Food is perfect for #Veganuary

What is Veganuary?

Launched in the UK in January 2014, Veganuary (pronounced vee-gan-uary) is a registered charity (1168566) that encourages people to try vegan for January. Veganism is one of the most effective choices a person can make to reduce the suffering of animals, help the planet and improve personal health.

Veganuary is dedicated to changing public attitudes while providing all the information and practical support required to make the transition to veganism as easy and enjoyable as possible. Veganuary has had an incredible degree of success in a very short time and is changing lives all over the world. Veganuary.com is the largest website of its kind on the web. With vegan recipes, expert advice and information, it provides all the answers to Why go vegan, but it is the support offered to answer How to go vegan that truly sets Veganuary apart.

And Lebanese Food?

Since 2014, the popularity of Veganuary has grown and many restaurants are getting behind the popularity of both healthy eating and this fashionable January resolution. The campaign website features a lot of chains who have added vegan menus, and there are also many independent restaurants across London and the UK that are on board with creative dishes. You only need to search social media to find these.

But, Lebanese food has always been ideal for the health conscious as it has a huge array of dishes – many already vegan by default – and so any vegan or anybody joining Veganuary has a wealth of dishes which provide a balance of nutrition, taste and colour. Most of this is found within the mezze – the small dishes – and a quick look at our menus show that approx 60% of the mezze are vegetarian, and 25 out of the 34 vegetarian dishes are truly vegan. Here’s a list of the vegan dishes on our menu and you can find full descriptions of them on the PDF menus on this site:

  • Premium Olives
  • Mixed Nuts
  • Hummus
  • Hummus Beiruty (a spicy hummus)
  • Moutabbal (aka Baba Ghanoush)
  • Mouhammara (walnut puree)
  • Warak Enab (vine leaves)
  • Arde Chaouky (artichoke)
  • Bamieh (okra)
  • Mousakaat Batinjan (aubergine)
  • Tabbouleh (parsley salad)
  • Fattoush (special Lebanese mixed salad)
  • Chef’s Salad (avocado and rocket)

  • Meejana Potato Salad
  • Tomato & Onion Salad
  • Batinjan Rahib (aubergine salad)
  • Fassoulia Salad (butterbean salad)
  • Beetroot & Rocket Salad
  • Mixed Salad
  • Green Salad
  • Falafel
  • Foul Moudammas (fava beans)
  • Moudardara (rice and lentils)
  • Patata Harra (spicy potatoes)
  • Patata we Sabanekh (potatoes and spinach)
  • Colcassia with Rice (taro root)

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