I am out to prove that you can make just about any meal there is Starch Free! And I am having so much fun doing it!
Here is a Greek Lunch that your starch-free and starch-loving friends will both enjoy! Baking up a simple starch free pita really ties together this whole meal. Also featured is my favorite raw tahini dressing, a cucumber salad, fermented sauerkraut, olives, and greens. A perfect meal for a picnic or to take along wine tasting with friends. You can add in whatever you like, assorted nuts, smoked salmon, grapes, chocolate dipped strawberries….
PS: If I find a way to do these pitas egg free, I will post a recipe for it too! I promise, I am working on it for you!
Fresh Pita, Tahini Dressing, and Cucumber Salad
Tahini Pita Bread: (This Recipe is from my friend Baruch Cholow in Israel)
- 5 Tablespoons tahini paste
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice (or vinegar)
- 1 teaspoon honey
- pinch of salt
- optional: garnish with a few sesame seeds (before baking)
- Set oven to 350*F. Mix ingredients together in a bowl with a fork.
- Pour onto a baking sheet linked with parchment paper to form 2 circular “flat breads.”
- Bake 14 to 18 minutes
- Let them cool. Cut in half, then take a knife and gently slice each half open to form the pita breads.
- Garnish with sesame seeds and a pinch of sea salt.
Tahini Dressing Recipe: (makes 6 to 8 servings)
- 1/2 cup tahini paste (or use 1/2 cup finely ground sesame seeds)
- 1/2 cup water
- Juice from 2 lemons
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin powder*
- Pinch sea salt
- Blend ingredients together on high in a blender.
- Note: I use a high speed Vitamix which pulverizes the sesame seeds into a creamy dressing. If you don’t have a high speed blender, you can grind the sesame seeds first in a coffee grinder, or use a store bought tahini paste.
- Serve as a dipping sauce or as a dressing over a Greek Salad. It goes great with the cucumbers & pita bread.
Cucumber Salad Recipe:
- 1 medium cucumber
- 1/4 cup red onion, sliced thin
- 1/2 cup olives, sliced
- fresh herbs: dill, parsley, mint, and/or basil
- 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- sea salt + black pepper to taste
- optional: 1/2 avocado chopped
- Chop cucumbers into bit sized chunks. Slice onion, mince herbs.
- Toss ingredients together in vinegar. Serve as a side dish, or in a pita.
*Cumin is generally considered a safe spice on the low starch AS diet, but if you are super sensitive to starches, you can omit it. The good news, cumin is not a nightshade.
Also pictured in this Greek Lunch Plate: Raw Fermented Red Cabbage Sauerkraut I bought this particular one at store, but you can also follow the directions here to make it yourself. While I do enjoy making it myself, I sometimes I get lazy and just buy a jar of locally fermented raw kraut. Sauerkraut is full of probiotics and gut healing goodness! Cabbage is loaded with L-glutamine, an important amino acid for gut healing and health.
Also pictured are simple Green Olives from Trader Joes. They are like $1.19 a can, and in a simple brine of water and sea salt. And I love them. My husband and I also home cure our own olives too (here is a great source for raw organic olives to home cure, available only seasonally each fall – and they take a good 6 months until they are ready), but again, when I am feeling lazy I just reach for a can of Trader Joes green olives.
Other Starch Free Options You Can Add to Your Greek Lunch:
- Artichoke Hearts, in a simple brine
- Assorted Olives: kalamata, black olives, castelvetrano olives (my #1 favorite!)
- Lettuce Greens
- Strawberries, Grapes, and even some Chocolate Sauce for Dipping the Strawberries in!
- Sliced Apple or Pear
- Fresh or Dried Figs, Medjool Dates, or Golden Raisins
- Assorted Nuts: Almonds, Marcona Almonds, Macadamia, Brazil Nuts, Walnuts
- Tomatoes – if you can tolerate nightshades – which I cannot :(
- Roasted Red Pepper – again it’s a nightshade, not everyone can tolerate
- Hard Boiled egg
- roasted meats, smoked salmon, sardines, or tuna fish
- Hmm… am I forgetting anything else?
Here is another Grain Free Pita option from Gluten Free Fix Starch Free Pita Recipe. If you don’t want to use the tahini pita recipe above, here are the ingredients in the recipe from Gluten Free Fix: 1 pastured farm egg, water, oil, coconut flour, almond flour, baking soda, and salt. Full Recipe + Baking Directions Here! (since this is not my original recipe, please click here to see it in full at GlutenFreeFix.com )