Plan your meat free day : A Maeve O’Meara recipe

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To celebrate national independence from meat day we have a special treat — an amazing recipe set of sides, starters and/or snacks to keep your next Meatless Monday sufficiently delicious. All thanks to wonderful 1MW ambassador Maeve O’Meara!

Lebanese hummus bi tahine

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2 tablespoons of Bicarbonate-soda

500 grams. Dried chickpeas

30 ml. tahini (ground sesame seed sauce)

1-2 cloves of garlic

20 ml. lemon juice

2 tea spoons of salt

extra-virgin olive oil

1 tea spoon of paprika

finely chopped parsley


  • Place chickpeas on pan containing enough hot water to cover up to 10cm over their volume (as they absorb the water and increase in size), to this add the 2 tablespoons of bicarbonate-soda and leave soaking overnight.
  • After soaking the chickpeas, rinse them with water and put them to boil for approximately 1 hour (or until their skin layer peels off).
  • Once the chickpeas are soft and most the skin has been removed drain and allow them to cool down.
  • Place the chickpeas in a food processor blend until soft and creamy. Then add tahini, lemon juice, garlic and salt; blend again until the mixture is well combined and smooth.
  • Place the mixture in a serving bowl and make a well in the centre just deep enough for the oil to be poured in.
  • Decorate with cooked chickpeas. Sprinkle paprika and parsley on top.

Makes approx 4 cups

The addition of lemon, salt and tahini can be regulated according to your personal taste.

Can be refrigerated for approximately 4-5 days.

Turkish CARROT DIP:Screen Shot 2013-07-04 at 12.38.07 PM


6 carrots, grated

olive oil

200 grams Greek style yoghurt

1 garlic clove, crushed

pinch of salt

black olives


  • Cook the carrots in a frying pan with ½ tablespoon of the oil until just softened. Remove from the pan and leave to cool.
  • Combine the yoghurt, garlic and salt and mix well. Stir in the cooled carrot. Scoop into a serving bowl, decorate with olives and drizzle a little more olive oil.

Makes 2 cups

Turkish Beetroot Dip:


3 beetroot

200 grams Greek style yoghurt

1 garlic clove, crushed

pinch of salt

olive oil

Parboil the beetroot then bake them until soft.
Peel the beetroot then cut into 4pieces and put them into a food processor or blender.
Combine the yoghurt, garlic and salt and mix well. Stir in the beetroot. Scoop into a serving bowl and drizzle with olive oil.

Makes 3 cups

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