Traditional Ramadan foods with a healthier twist


Harees – instead of using ground wheat, try mixing cooked mashed cauliflower with half of the wheat. Add vegetables to increase the bulk and fibre making you stay fuller for longer.

Fattoush – skip the fried pita bread.
Couscous – instead of using the grain try making it with cauliflower rice. Blend the cauliflower raw then slightly steam in the microwave to make it softer.
Mahshi – instead of using white rice to stuff the various vegetables, try using brown, wild rice or Qunioa.
Koshari – instead of using the 3 carbohydrates sources, only use 2, beans and lentils as they provide a good source of fibre and protein. A homemade tomato sauce with peppers or carrots is a great accompaniment to this dish.
Kunafa – instead of using full-fat cream trying adding almond milk to increase the protein content and to reduce the amount of saturated fat.
Atayef – try to make the sugary syrup not with regular sugar but by blending down dates with water or drizzle a small amount of raw honey over the pancakes, or even sprinkle cinnamon to add sweetness.

Excellent dishes are:
Lamb stew / Fasulia / Bamia – as they combine meat with vegetables, so an excellent source of protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals, which will increase the satisfy of the dish.
Khyar Bi Laban – is a great side dish along with any grilled meat or fish.