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Turkish eggplant and yogurt dip

Turkish eggplant and yogurt dip

Many versions of this creamy eggplant dip are to be found around the Mediterranean. This one is thickened with ground almonds, which add both texture and protein. Served with pita bread and crunchy vegetable crudités, the dip makes a delicious snack or starter.

Baked eggplant with yogurt

Baked eggplant with yogurt

In this delicious dish, grilled slices of eggplant and zucchini are layered with a rich tomato sauce and cumin–flavoured yogurt, then baked. Thick slices of bread and a crisp green salad are the perfect accompaniments to make a satisfying meal.

Braised vegetables with falafel and yogurt sauce

Braised vegetables with falafel and yogurt sauce

As a change from rice, pasta or couscous, try little falafel with a simple vegetable casserole. Made with canned chickpeas and baked rather than deep–fried, these falafel are quick and easy to prepare, as well as being deliciously healthy.

Strawberry and yoghurt smoothie

Strawberry and yoghurt smoothie

This refreshing drink is perfect for summer when strawberries are plentiful and full of flavour and vitamins. It takes only a few minutes to prepare, so is ideal as a nourishing start to the day or as a light snack–in–a–glass at any time.

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Couscous pilaf with tahini yogurt

Couscous pilaf with tahini yogurt

This vegetable–rich couscous is lower in fat than most pilafs and it makes a marvellous, healthy main dish, or an excellent side dish for almost any simply cooked meat or poultry, when it will serve 8 or more. Any leftovers can be used as a delicious stuffing for chicken or other poultry.

Strawberry and yoghurt smoothie

Strawberry and yogurt smoothie

This refreshing drink is perfect for summer when strawberries are plentiful and full of flavour and vitamins. It takes only a few minutes to prepare, so is ideal as a nourishing start to the day or as a light snack-in-a-glass at any time.

Yogurt cheese on toast

Yogurt cheese on toast

Labna, also spelt labne, labneh or labnah, is a drained yogurt-based cheese popular on mezze platters in Middle Eastern cuisine. It can be drained for longer than 24 hours; the longer it is drained, the firmer it will become. Labna will keep for up to 1 week in the refrigerator.
Mixed Berry Smoothie

Mixed Berry Smoothie

This vitamin-packed drink makes a filling and nutritious breakfast if you are in a hurry. Combining proteins, calcium and anti-oxidants, this drink is sure to hydrate the brain and improve energy circulation.

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