Lee Holmes' Healthy Mezze Plate

Enjoy a healthy Middle Eastern platter and make my recipe for Sunflower Seed Falafel Balls with Tahini Dipping Sauce, as well as a healthy Wheat Free Tabouleh.

Today I’m sharing a “tray gourmet” platter perfect for a relaxing weekend get together or event. It’s simple to create a modern healthy mezze plate and one that has a variety of tastes and textures to wow friends and family.

Mezze originates in the Middle East and translates to ‘appetisers’. Over time Mezze has evolved from humble shared plates to include tables overflowing with cosmopolitan spreads. If you live in a city, you can probably find many variations of the mezze plate, including Middle-Eastern, Greek, Italian and Nordic cuisines. 

To make your own mezze platter, start with some Mini Lamb Koftas alongside generous bowls of Baba Ganoush and Hummus. Add in fresh olives and my delicious warm or chilled recipe for Slow Cooked Green Beans.

Add a simple yet culinary colourful Wheat Free Tabouleh (recipe below) which belongs on every mezze plate.

You can also add extra dips if necessary depending upon the number of people you're accommodating. My Red Capsicum and Hazelnut or Basil Pesto have impeccable credentials and if you’re worried about making everything from scratch, all of these recipes can be made ahead and stored in the fridge for ease on the day.

For dipping breads and crackers, whip up some Lemony Herby Crackers and make extra as they will store in an air-tight container for your next Middle Eastern immersion. Or try my Gluten Free Pita Pockets which work well as a vehicle for flavour filled dips.

Falafels have long been a middle eastern favourite and these are a great alternative to store bought deep fried falafel balls, processed in cheap cooking oils. The falafel consistency is attained by using half sunflower seeds and half cashews. The final result is a nutty consistency with zesty flavours and surprise crunches along the way.

Cashews and sunflowers seeds have a high satiety index - making you feel fuller for longer. The double combo of nuts and seeds will also help make your skin glow and leave your hair looking luscious thanks to the Vitamin E and Omega-3 fats.

The tahini dressing also provides a great source of protein and calcium and is easy to digest. I encourage you to be generous with the lemon juice in both the falafel balls and the tahini dressing. The added lemon juice in the tahini dressing gives a zesty explosion of flavour in the mouth when consumed.  

Enjoy your next meal mezze-style and let me know you favourites in the comments section below!

[Feature image via Visual Hunt]

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