August 15, 2019


Okay, so this post is really three recipes in one! We have super tender Persian chicken kebabs paired with green rice and a fresh cucumber and feta salad on the side. It’s such a yummy meal and perfect with a good lavash and yogurt cucumber dip 😉 No, this isn’t dairy-free, but for those of you that can handle cultured yogurt and cheeses this one’s a winner!

While Persian food isn’t technically Mediterranean, it shares many of the same healthy aspects; such as a heavy emphasis on fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, seeds, beans and olive oil. Eggs, dairy, poultry and fish are included, but in smaller portions than the typical Western diet.

Persian chicken kebabs

For the chicken, I marinated it in plain full fat Greek yogurt, lemon juice, fresh garlic, olive oil, paprika, cumin, sea salt, and black pepper. You’ll want to marinate it a minimum of six hours or overnight for best results! You can use plain dairy-free yogurt if needed. I recommend spraying the chicken with saffron spray before cooking if you have it! If not, it will still taste delicious 😉

Green rice

For the green rice, I cooked up some basmati rice and added frozen baby lima beans, heaps of fresh parsley and dill (can use dried), olive oil, unsalted butter, garlic, and sea salt. The butter is optional and can be swapped out for more olive oil, but I just love the flavor it adds! For dairy free, use a vegan buttery spread.

Cucumber and feta salad

For the cucumber and feta salad, I used fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, feta, fresh parsley, and a dressing made with olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, oregano, sea salt and black pepper. Basic stuff, really!

Altogether, these three recipes make nine servings or enough to feed a family of 3-4 two nights in a row! A serving of each dish as a meal comes out to 350kcal, 13 grams fat, 27 grams carbs, 3 grams fiber, and 30 grams of protein. Super healthy and satisfying!

Here are the printable recipes for the Persian Chicken Kebabs, Persian Green Rice, and Fresh Cucumber & Feta Salad. I hope you will rate and comment below if you try them 🙂

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