Mediterranean & Middle East food recipes

Mediterranean & Middle East food recipes
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Mediterranean & Middle East food recipes

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garbanzobeansaladlrgMediterranean and Middle East food recipes are growing in popularity, especially as American soldiers are returning for service and assignments in Iraq, Afghanistan and other parts of the Mediterranean region.

One of the biggest products to grow in popularity is hummus, which is made from the very healthy garbanzo bean which is mixed with Tahini (crushed sesame seed paste) and olive oil. Hummus was once only available in the refrigerated section, restricting its availability but companies like Ziyad Brothers Importing’s Wild Garden Hummus Dip have taken Hummus out of the refrigerated section and put it on the shelf.

“It’s a lot like the way Mexican salsa first began some 50 years ago,” an official at Wild Garden noted. “Originally, salsa was only available in the refrigerated or deli section and that was costly for retail stores. We’ve been able to produce a great tasting, healthy shelf-stable hummus that can remain on the shelf, unopened for as long as 18 months and that has resulted int he product moving out of the deli sections and into the laps of airline passengers and school kids because it can be purchased in bulk and it can be easily stored. And it doesn’t impact the great taste that Wild Garden Hummus offers.”

English: a plate of hummus with chickpeas, oli...

English: a plate of hummus with chickpeas, olive oil and paprika Magyar: egy tányér hummus csicseriborsóval, olívaolajjal és paprikával (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In response for the growing demand for Mediterranean and Middle East food products, Ziyad Brothers Importing has launched a recipe site where consumers can look up recipes, purchase ingredients and make the food dishes themselves.

The Recipes are available at in the section marked “recipes.”

The recipes include not only main dishes such as stuffed grape leaves, mensiff and roasted lamb, but also include side dishes, salads and soups.

One of the most popular salads is Tabouleh, which consists of diced vegetables (cucumbers, tomatoes, parsley, green onions and cracked wheat soaked in olive oil, vinegar and lemon juice) but also Tahini Salads and more.

Check out the Mediterranean and Middle East recipes at Ziyad Brothers Importing and bring a little exotic excitement to the dinner table tonight. You can order food ingredients and products directly from the Ziyad site, or purchase the products at local grocers from mainstream retailers like Jewel, Costco and World Food to local ethnic retailers, many of which are right in your backyard.

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