Preparing Iftar while you are following a plant-based diet and have your own restrictions can somewhat be a challenge. Especially since your typical Ramadan Iftar consists of meats, sambousak filled with meat/cheese, pastas with dairy products and many other foods that are just not plant-based friendly.
Due to the nature of Ramadan, the 3ezoomat and not finding yourself eating at home everyday it can be hard to fix a proper plant-based meal everyday for Iftar. But no matter where you are, and how crammed you are for time, it’s easier than you think to put together a plant-based Iftar. A lot of oriental plates are naturally plant-based and full of the nutrients your body needs; things like lentil soups, fava beans, hummus and falafel are naturally rich in protein and fiber.
The Key to fixing yourself a nutritious plant-based Iftar is to make sure to balance your plate with all the nutrients you need.
Your plate should include; carbohydrates, grains, vegetables and a protein.
After a long day with no food or water, you should break your fast with something nutritious like dates. Dates are the most common way to break fast in Ramadan, as per Islamic tradition. Dates are naturally high in sugar, vitamins and minerals and are easily digested, making them perfect for an instant energy boost.
Ideas For Plant-Based Foods To Include In Your Iftar:
Lentil And Quinoa Stew
Crispy Oven-Baked Falafel
Baked Lentil Samosas
Crispy Potato Spinach Balls
Chickpea & Potato Curry
Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms
Chickpea Vegetable Soup