Popular Moroccan Healthy Food Dishes Rich in Polyphenols
If you thought adding a touch of Moroccan flare to your cooking meant tackling a complex tagine or a multi-ingredient salad, then think again. There are countless quick and simple Moroccan appetizers and side dishes which, combined with a high-quality extra virgin olive oil, can wow your guests and transport them to sun drenched Riad in no time.
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Nothing wets the appetite for a Moroccan feast quite like a freshly prepared hummus and – with the right choice of extra virgin olive oil – you can really make your own stamp of flavour to this hugely popular appetizer. By adding some freshly cut seasonal vegetables on the side you are building a dish that is over-flowing with healthy minerals, vitamins and polyphenols.
Another great choice for either a lunch, light supper or colourful side dish, whole-grain couscous is a good source of fibre. It can stop your blood sugar from spiking and keep you feeling fuller for longer. And for added value, it can help lower your cholesterol and – in turn – your chances of heart disease. We love this breakdown of 5 Health and Nutrition benefits of couscous from healthline.
Although commonly used as an accompaniment to a tagine dish, the Tabbouleh is a traditional Arab salad of cracked wheat mixed with finely chopped ingredients. It’s a great opportunity to explore some taste combinations with whatever fresh vegetables are in season and can be served as part of a mezze at any time the day. Parsley and extra virgin olive oil have excellent anti-inflammatory properties which can reduce your risk of cancer and improve your immune system.
Morocco is a country where people consume a lot of bread. It is eaten with almost every meal and is an integral part of the Moroccan cuisine. Flatbreads were amongst the earliest processed foods, and evidence of their production has been found at ancient sites in Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt and the Indus civilization. There are literally hundreds of varieties of flatbread to meet all tastes and it’s a great energy boosting addition to your table as well as the perfect partner for your bottle of Morocco Gold extra virgin olive oil.
Like all the best extra virgin olive oils, Morocco Gold is an incredibly versatile cooking product and can add both taste and nutritional quality to meals in a variety of different ways. This includes finishing cooking dishes, dipping with bread and roasting. Some have even been known to drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil over their ice cream to bring out the flavour and add a creamy texture.
The characteristics of Morocco Gold Extra Virgin Olive Oil, with its distinctive green fruitiness, hints of almond and herbs, fresh turf and the peppery aftertaste, will give a vibrant, well balanced finish to all these dishes. All these dishes are rich in polyphenols and vitamins.