Middle Eastern Mezze Platter #BlueYourMenu 

Wow…where did this summer go? I can barely believe that fall is already here! It just seems like yesterday we were setting up the patio furniture, and planning day trips and vacations. While I will definitely miss the summer, there is something rather comforting about the autumn of the year. The hectic comings and goings of the summer are in the past and life settles into more of a routine. This is the time of year for fluffy blankets, warm woolen sweaters, and yummy comfort food!

Mezze Platter

In my mind, there is nothing better than coming home after a long day of work, school, or running errands to some healthy snacking foods, like a Mezze platter.  A Mezze platter works great as an appetizer and will satisfy your hunger while dinner is being prepared, but the communal plates of delicious bits and bites also makes a perfect low-key meal.

This recipe for Middle Eastern Mezze Platter that I am going to share, features products from the newly re-launched President”s Choice® Blue Menu™  line. You may have noticed the new packaging, but what you may not know is many of the PC® Blue Menu™ products have also been recently reformulated – because when it comes to choosing healthy meals for your family, it’s no longer just about less calories, less fat, less sodium; it’s about getting more. More protein, more fibre, more vegetables and definitely, more flavour!

Mezze PlatterAs consumers, we once focused on cutting things out of our diets, but today it’s all about fueling our families with the things that keep them going. With that in mind, President’s Choice® has refreshed their PC® Blue Menu™ line.  They believe healthier lifestyles involve finding the balance between spending time with people you love and creating family friendly meals that fuel your full and active life, any time of day. With the relaunch of PC® Blue Menu™ it’s never been easier to provide your family more of what they want and need this back-to-school season.

In this Middle Eastern Mezze Platter recipe, the President’s Choice® Blue Menu™ chefs have paired shawarma-spiced lentil bites with creamy hummus, spicy roasted carrots and an herbed tahini sauce for a super-easy supper that’s meant for sharing. Pack up any leftovers for lunch the next day!

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Middle Eastern Mezze Platter
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 6 carrots
  • 5 tsp (25 mL) olive oil
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) PC® Black Label Harissa Spice Blend
  • 4 cups (1 L) shredded red cabbage (about quarter of a head)
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) tahini
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) each chopped fresh cilantro, fresh mint and fresh parsley
  • 1 pkg (400 g) frozen PC® Blue Menu Lentil & Bean Bites
  • 1 pkg (250 g) PC® Blue Menu Naan Flatbreads (2 flatbreads)
  • 1 pkg (227 g) PC® Hummus Chickpea Dip And Spread
  • 3 vine-ripened tomatoes, chopped
  • Half English cucumber, thinly sliced
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Arrange 1 oven rack in centre and 1 oven rack in lower third of oven.
  2. Peel and trim carrots; halve crosswise. Cut larger pieces lengthwise in quarters and smaller pieces lengthwise in half. Toss together carrots, 1 tbsp oil and harissa in large bowl. Arrange in single layer on parchment paper-lined large baking sheet. Bake in lower third of oven, flipping carrots once, until tender and golden brown, about 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, toss together cabbage, 1 tbsp lemon juice, ¼ tsp pepper and remaining 2 tsp oil in separate large bowl. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
  4. Whisk together tahini, cilantro, mint, parsley, remaining 2 tbsp lemon juice, ¼ tsp pepper and 2 tbsp water in small bowl until smooth. Set aside.
  5. Arrange frozen bites in single layer on greased separate large baking sheet. Bake in centre of oven 5 to 6 minutes. Flip bites; bake in centre of oven 3 minutes. Push bites to 1 side of baking sheet. Arrange flatbreads in single layer on opposite side of sheet; sprinkle flatbreads lightly with water. Bake in centre of oven until bites and flatbreads are hot, 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Stack flatbreads on cutting board; cut into 6 wedges to make 12 pieces total. Arrange flatbreads, lentil bites, carrots, cabbage mixture, hummus, tomatoes and cucumber on large serving platter. Drizzle with tahini mixture.
Notes
Very high fibre. Excellent source of iron. Excellent source of vitamin C. Source of calcium.

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If you have extra herbs, sprinkle them over top of the platter just before serving.

Mezze Platter

PIN IT –  President’s Choice® Blue Menu™ Middle Eastern Mezze Platter

Make your life easier and tantalize your taste buds with more protein, more fibre, more vegetables and more taste from the newly re-launched President”s Choice® Blue Menu™ line.

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What is your favourite Blue Menu™ product or what Blue Menu™ product would you love to try?

Disclosure: This post is sponsored in partnership with President’s Choice®. As always, all opinions are our own.

Comments

  1. yum yum yum yum yum yum! I was first introduced to MEZZE platters when I visited TURKEY about 8 years ago. So thankful for that visit because boy did it expand my food horizons!!!

  2. I have actually had a similar mezze platter for dinner on Sunday. I love the addition of the dip, it makes all the different foods on the plate combine together.

  3. OMG looks delicious. I love these types of meals!

  4. Yum! Summer still feels full force here in Ohio. The 90s all week! that casserole looks amazing. I love tomatoes.

  5. What a creative spin on the usual boring veggie platter. This may show up on our table during the holidays, just sayin’ :)

  6. Those lentil bites look so yummy. I need to get some of these.

  7. Great recipe! I made something similar the other week! So yummy!

  8. I am big on veggies so this platter looks all the more appetizing. This is certainly reminding me that it’s supper time and I haven’t eaten yet. I need to get something on my belly.

  9. I like the new focus on “more” good, rather than “less” bad! That spread looks delicious!

  10. I love blue menu products! It makes it so easy to find healthy, good tasting foods!! This dish looks delicious!

  11. That is so yummy looking. I need to make this for our next gathering – Thanksgiving, or Xmas? Or just for fun! You did a beautiful job! I love the blue menu products. Less sodium. That is important to me.

  12. Yum! I love Blue Menu products and the range is incredible. We need some of that outer space pasta in our lives!

  13. I love cooking dishes from different places. I know what I will be serving my sister this weekend. Thanks for the recipe.

  14. This platter is EVERYTHING. This is definitely something that my daughter would eat with no reservations (platters are so much more appealing to her than an entre). So yummy! Thanks for the recipe!

  15. This spread looks delish! Perfect appt for a dinner party!

  16. I’m embarrassed to admit I have never tasted my veggies prepared like this. It looks scrumptious and am going to give it a try soon.

  17. Wow that looks incredibly delicious. Those carrots are roasted perfectly and this is something I will be making for a in-home date night … now just to figure out how to get rid of the kids LOL!

  18. I’ve never had a mezza platter but they look right up my alley–healthy, fresh, and tasty! I’m always happy for healthier options.

  19. That Mezze platter looks awesome. I would love to try it but I’m less than useful in the kitchen. Also I don’t belive I’ve seen the Blue Menu brand but I will keep an eye out for it when I find someone to prepare this platter for me.

  20. I’ve never read any recipes of the middle eastern persuasion that caught my eye. This recipe does! It sounds delicious!

  21. This platter looks delicious! The spicy lentil bites look good and I am a big fan of hummus.

  22. This looks so delicious! I’m not too adventurous with my food but you have definitely got me a bit curious about this. I would love to try this out!

  23. Blair villanueva says:

    Awesome new recipe, thanks for sharing! My sister will like this, we both love veggies.

  24. I have never had anything quite like this before. It looks so amazing!

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