Food and Drink

Easy everyday dinners from the Middle East

Middle Eastern cuisine is vibrant and packed full of flavour – and easily achievable at home without breaking the bank. With these three quick and easy to follow recipes (featuring two unique cooking methods), plus one handy shopping list, your dinners this week are sorted. Maximum flavour, minimal stress.

If you loved the trendy panzanella we were all making in the summer, then you’ll enjoy the fattoush recipe below. The menemen, similar to shakshuka but scrambled, is an easy everyday winner. And for a not-so-traditional take on a Persian mainstay, try the cheat’s halloumi tachin.

As part of our Budget Bites column – in response to the rising cost of living we teamed up with Sorted Food to bring you easy, affordable, quick and (most importantly) tasty recipes once a month – the below dishes are perfect for time-poor cooks on a budget.

One shopping list with ingredients used across all recipes also ensures minimal food waste, making your weekly food shop go that bit further. You just need to decide where to shop, and when to cook! Run, don’t walk…

Menemen is a bit like shakshuka, only scrambled. Pair this one with some super quick garlic rubbed pittas – an easy everyday win.

Serves: 2


1 brown onion

2 green bell peppers

50g unsalted butter

3 pitta breads

3 tbsp tomato purée/tomato paste

1 tbsp smoked paprika

4 large eggs

1 clove garlic

10g fresh dill


1. Preheat the oven to 180C.

2. Halve, peel and finely dice 1 onion, then deseed and finely dice 2 green peppers.

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