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    Lebanese Food - A great paleo/primal option when eating out or in a hurry!

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    Anyone else here realized the utter joy and beauty a good Lebanese restaurant offers someone in the Paleo/Primal lifestyle?

    If you are looking for a healthy option when eating out, try a Lebanese place.

    I usually order a chicken shawarma platter - roast chicken off a spit, lettuce, tomato, pickle, cabbage, beets, onion, garlic cream, tahini, a bit of hummus (a bit isn't bad, lots might be) or some fatoush salad.

    Just say no to the pita bread, and drink lots of water and tea.

    Talk about satisfaction - crisp roasted chicken contrasted with smooth white cool garlic cream, smothered in tahini, or steak shish tawook, or lamb, or beef on a spit....

    *makes Homer Simpson eating noises*

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    See the resistant starch thread for more reasons why Lebanese (and Uyghur, Berber, Persian, Irish, British, etc.) traditional food is largely good. I, for one, am not afraid of hummus. Heck, even Ray Peat said a little hummus now and then is OK.
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    sounds delicious. i've never had Lebanese food before. def have to put that on the ol' "To Eat" list!
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    Yeah, middle eastern food is the stuff.
    Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

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    We had homemade primal middle eastern food for dinner tonight: keftas with fresh mint, homemade hummus, marinated roasted peppers on homemade GF naan.
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    Only had shawarma once. Twas good. The beauty of food from that region is that nearly every dish can be made without the inclusion if grains/bread. As well as being frighteningly simple to make.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Ted View Post
    Anyone else here realized the utter joy and beauty a good Lebanese restaurant offers someone in the Paleo/Primal lifestyle?
    Quote Originally Posted by Jenry Hennings View Post
    The beauty of food from that region is that nearly every dish can be made without the inclusion if grains/bread. As well as being frighteningly simple to make.
    It can be, but is it, in a restaurant setting?

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    Lebanese Food - A great paleo/primal option when eating out or in a hurry!

    [QUOTE=eKatherine;1492755]It can be, but is it, in a restaurant setting?[/

    In my opinion, recipes are as traditional in restaurants as they are at home, at least in Persian restaurants. Persians are immensely proud of their traditions and culture, and food is no exception.
    I started the 'mecca of middle eastern foods' thread a while ago, so if you're curious to know what goes in some of the more popular dishes, it's worth a look.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Ted View Post
    If you are looking for a healthy option when eating out, try a Lebanese place.
    I was at an Egyptian buffet once, I think the menu is similar. Lamb shanks, grilled shrimp, olives. The wheat used in taboulleh doesn't seem to bother me, plus a little dolma and (wonderfully seasoned) pilaf. There were mountains of bread of course but easily separated.

    Quote Originally Posted by Paleophil View Post
    I, for one, am not afraid of hummus. Heck, even Ray Peat said a little hummus now and then is OK.
    Homemade perhaps, but most commercial versions use soy/canola in place of olive oil. Not sure which restaurants use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenry Hennings View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by eKatherine View Post
    It can be, but is it, in a restaurant setting?
    In my opinion, recipes are as traditional in restaurants as they are at home, at least in Persian restaurants. Persians are immensely proud of their traditions and culture, and food is no exception.
    I started the 'mecca of middle eastern foods' thread a while ago, so if you're curious to know what goes in some of the more popular dishes, it's worth a look.
    That doesn't sound promising.

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