There are a plethora of choices for the fasting Allergic Halal Foodie to eat for Iftar. Below are a few starters:
- Dates. It is sunnah to break your fast with dates and water. Dates are a superfood and water is hydrating.
- Stuffed grape leaves with halal ground beef or lamb. Rice and meat wrapped in grape leaves sounds simple, yet deliciously meets the protein, carb, and veggie requirement. Make sure to use a dairy-free butter if you’re making these on your own or always inquire about the ingredients with the chef.
- Soup. This is a easy dish with a wide range of options. Throw in water, seasoning, olive oil, veggies, and a protein of choice and you have a savory meal for Iftar. Hard pressed for ideas, here is a twist on a classic chicken soup recipe.
- Rice and beans. This a heavier dish than you think. It is a staple in my maternal heritage. The beans alone provide a great source of fiber and protein, but go ahead and add your choice of additional protein like chicken or meat.
- Kebabs. Pair with salad, couscous, bread, and even some plaintains and you’ll have a complete meal. If you’re not making the kebabs at home, make sure to ask the chef if the chicken or meat was marinated in yogurt.