I had some friends over this past weekend for one of the 2-3 days per year that I deem to be “spa day.” Basically, I gather up a bunch of body/home product recipes that I want to try out, and a few times a year I make a bunch of them all day. Many of them become standard holiday gifts that we give out. Usually I do it alone, but I decided that it would be fun with other people, along with wine and (of course) food. I’m Italian and Lebanese, so both of my nationalities are known for feeding people. That’s just what we do. I’ve all but given up most Italian foods, as pretty much none of them work within the confines of a keto diet; however, many Middle Eastern dishes can become compliant (you just omit the bread). In the Italian culture, one would make an antipasti plate. In the Lebanese culture, the equivalent dish is called a mezze platter. Typically the dishes are HUGE–like, between one and three feet in diameter–and are packed full of food. You can put basically anything you want on the plate, but the purpose is for everyone to eat off of the communal plate. Part of the enjoyment of the food is in sharing the food, so this is very important.
Some of the things I put on my platter weren’t entirely low-carb (hello, figs); however, I just avoided those. If you look up “mezze platter,” you will find thousands of things you can include…but here is what I chose for this:
- Roasted Red Peppers
- Marinated Grilled Artichokes
- Salami, Dry Copa, and Prosciutto
- LAMB KAFTA MEATBALLS AND TZATZIKI
- TABBOULEH w/OUT BULGUR
- Zucchini Hummus
Seriously, making mezze for your gatherings will free up way more of your time so you can actually enjoy yourself. Take it from someone who plans 78-course elaborate dinners on the regular…for this one, I got to breathe and eat…the whole time.
Approximately 15 servings
Nutrition per serving: Calories (115), Fat (10.5 total, 1.6 sat), Carbs (3.4 total, 1.6 fiber, 1.8 net), Protein (2.9)
3-4 zucchini, peeled and chopped (about 3 C)
1/2 C fresh lemon juice
3/4 C tahini
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp cumin
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
4 cloves garlic, peeled
Paprika to garnish
1.- Put everything in a blender. Blend on high until creamy (about 60-90 seconds).
2.- Pour into container and chill for at least 30 minutes before serving. This will thicken up a little while chilling, but it is a thinner consistency than hummus made with chickpeas.