Middle Eastern Dinner, Convenience-style

Middle Eastern Dinner

Once again, not a recipe as such but a nudge to what can easily be put together from supermarket ready-mades for those of you who just don’t want to cook or are strapped for time! Alternatively, try something like Waitrose Vegetable Tagine, which is a hot one pot meal.

Gluten free
Wheat free
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Total time

5 minutes


  • mains
  • lunches
  • sides-light-meals-and-salads




Choose from some or all of these

  • Couscous or quinoa based salad, ready-made – these are everywhere and usually vegan. See below for a few examples from just three of the supermarket chains
  • Hummus, any flavour as long as it’s vegan
  • Fresh bean salad, eg Sainsbury’s Four Bean; ASDA Minty Bean
  • Flatbread, pitta or GF wraps
  • Vine leaves, stuffed with rice
  • Olives, any colour or type, (not the type with anchovies or feta!)
  • Salad leaves, tomatoes, cucumber if desired
  • Handful fresh parsley, any type, chopped fine
  • Lemon juice to sprinkle
  • Other options: ready roasted veg in a tub, eg aubergines, peppers, courgettes; antipasta in a jar; sundried tomatoes from a jar or packet

ASDA Good & Balanced Quinoa & Edamame Bean Salad; ASDA Roasted Vegetable Cous Cous
Morrisons Grilled Pepper Cous Cous
Sainsbury’s Fruity Couscous; Sainsbury’s BGTY Chargrill Vegetable Couscous; Sainsbury’s My Goodness! Quinoa & Cashew Salad
Tesco Pepper And Spinach Cous Cous Salad; Tesco Lime And Coriander Quinoa Mix


  1. Place everything artistically on a plate or in several small bowls. Toast the flat bread or pitta if using. Serve and eat.

Optional extras / notes

  • Servings depend on how much you want and how many items you buy or use.


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