Whole Foods recently announced its predictions for the top health food trends of 2018, and we were happy to see Middle Eastern recipes made the cut. You’re probably already on board with hummus and tabouleh, but there are tons of other incredible meals inspired by the Middle East. Get ready to up your spice game, make Za’atar spread your new favorite condiment, and fall in love with halloumi (the most underrated cheese out there, no joke). In the meantime, get ahead of the trend by making these Middle Eastern-inspired meals.
Switch out your usual turkey and cheddar wrap for this eggplant- and greens-filled one. It’s not as heavy as a gyro, but it will still keep you full through the afternoon. You can make your own tahini or, let's be real, you can just pick some up at the store.
Thankfully, grain bowls don’t seem to be going out of style anytime soon. Israeli couscous forms the base of this tasty one, which tosses broccoli, chickpeas, walnuts, and capers in olive oil and Pecorino cheese. Pro tip: You can always skip the homemade pesto and go with store-bought to save time/your sanity.
Lamb is a popular meat in the Middle East, especially in Morocco. This dish adds ground lamb to chili, just like you would with turkey or beef. Beyond the protein, it’s filled with familiar faves like sweet potatoes, kale, and chickpeas. Harissa, a Moroccan chile paste, gives the soup some incredible spice. If you're a chili fan, we highly recommend getting cozy with this one for a change.