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I will dine with Iranian friends in a few days. Their Norooz celebration banquet is a always gorgeous feast. This will be my first time attending while I am doing Whole30 (it will be day 18). I am confident about my ability to resist eating anything that I don't know all of the ingredients, but I am looking for ways to help my hosts feel OK about the fact that I will not be tasting everything (or in fact much) of the meal that they are offering. I am thinking I will bring some of my own food, as it's a potluck. I wonder if anyone has any recipes for Persian dishes that are Whole30 compliant? I would like to bring one meat dish and one salad to the buffet, then fill my plate from those, and eat with everyone.  I know there will be lots of fresh fruit and raw veggies, and I'll drink water. Hopefully it won't be too obvious that I am mostly choosing my own dishes. I will explain to my hosts that I am on a special eating plan, and hope they will understand. Then I'll focus on the music, poetry, dancing and great company.

Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. I really want to honor and respect my hosts.

 

 

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HI.

My husband is Iranian, and this will be my first Norooz where I will not indulge since I'm on day 6. I know there will be plenty of veggies and they will have fish since t's a traditional Norooz dish, also they will always have plenty of fresh fruit. Beware of the khoobideh kabob, since they usually use bread crumbs and they sometimes use butter on the chicken kebab. 

Here are my suggestions for potluck:

For salad, do a Salad Shirazi (cucumber,onion,tomato and mint with a lemon olive oil dressing) 

https://persianmama.com/cucumber-tomato-salad/

For a stew you can do the chicken celery dish  (khoresht karafs)

http://www.mypersiankitchen.com/khoresht-karafs-persian-celery-stew/

 

good luck and happy New Year!

 

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On March 18, 2017 at 7:19 PM, Maite said:

Here are my suggestions for potluck:

For salad, do a Salad Shirazi (cucumber,onion,tomato and mint with a lemon olive oil dressing) 

https://persianmama.com/cucumber-tomato-salad/

For a stew you can do the chicken celery dish  (khoresht karafs)

http://www.mypersiankitchen.com/khoresht-karafs-persian-celery-stew/

good luck and happy New Year!

 

Thank you so much, Maite! I have printed out the recipes and will visit the Persian grocery near my office on my lunch break, to find a couple of the ingredients that I don't have at home. I'll let you know how it goes - the supper is Thursday. Happy New Year to you and your family!

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The khoresht karafs is on the stove now (pre-making for Thursday because I have a crazy schedule tomorrow). It smells delicious already. I will make the salad Thursday morning and take everything to the party in a cooler chest. I can reheat the main dish there.

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I cooked the recipes and they turned out delicious. My friends were impressed, and I had a delicious evening. I filled my plate with my two contributions and added some fresh fruit. It was a bit hard resisting the little cookies at the table as soon as we sat down, but there were also small cucumbers and oranges so I was fine!

 

 

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