Grapes are one of the most common ingredients used in our everyday dishes. Grapes and grape leaves are rich in vitamins C, B, iron, and potassium. So, this recipe is not only a simple way to use them but also a good method to enjoy the freshness of these ingredients.
I had the same old boring recipes when I started making food. My friends would laugh when I showed them my food. “You’re going to make that again?” they’d ask. I still don’t get the point of that question. But now, I can make a variety of dishes that taste amazing! I thought I was a genius for even trying to make such a simple dish.
I’m not talking about creating recipes requiring a gourmet chef. That’s way too complicated. I’m talking about easy, simple, quick recipes anyone can make.
This recipe has been around for hundreds of years, but I’ve discovered a few tricks that make it more versatile. And I’ll share those tricks with you.
Have you ever heard about grape leaves? Yes, they have many health benefits. But I want to focus on a recipe called “Dolma” or “Grape Leaf Soup” in this video. It is a traditional Persian dish that is very healthy and popular among Iranians. In my video, I share a recipe that is easy to make, tasty, and nutritious. It also has great healing properties to help you overcome negativity. At the end of my video, I will show you the ingredients list and some tips to improve the taste of this soup. Enjoy!
Cooking with grape leaves
While this recipe is called “Fattoush,” you can use it to prepare any salad. This dish is usually prepared in the Middle East. It’s also very healthy.
- One head of romaine lettuce, chopped
- ¼ cup of walnuts chopped
- Two tablespoons of lemon juice
- One teaspoon of salt
- ½ teaspoon of pepper
- Two cloves of garlic, crushed
- Three medium-sized tomatoes, chopped
- Three teaspoons of olive oil
- Six fresh basil leaves, torn
- One bunch of grape leaves cleaned
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Chop the lettuce into pieces.
- Combine the lettuce, nuts, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
- Add the tomatoes, oil, garlic, and basil to another bowl. Mash the mixture and mix well.
- Place the grape leaves on a serving plate. Spread the salad on the leaves.
- Top the salad with a dollop of the tomato-garlic mixture.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Serve immediately.
Grape leaves for a healthy heart
Grape leaves are packed with antioxidants and vitamins. They are also an excellent potassium source, vital for the heart and blood.
It is recommended to eat kale daily, but grape leaves are a great substitute. Grape leaves can be eaten raw or cooked.
They can be made into a salad or stuffed with rice and vegetables. You can even use them as a wrap for your sandwiches. Grape leaves have been used to treat infections, stomach problems, and cancer. They are also high in fiber, which makes them great for your digestive system. What Is Kale? Kale is one of the most nutritious foods out there. It’s also low in calories and contains essential vitamins and minerals.
Grape leaves for healthy hair
Grape leaves have been used for centuries to treat hair loss, acne, and other skin issues. Grape leaves also contain lots of vitamin A, which helps your skin look healthier.
I’m not talking about the kind you get from a grapefruit. I’m talking about the type you’ll find in the grocery store.
The kind that you can buy by the boxful. The kind that comes from a seedless grape. This type of grape is grown for its juicy flesh, not its seeds. It contains an antioxidant called resveratrol, believed to be beneficial for heart health. “I am so excited about this new program,” says Dr. Steven Lamm, medical director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Integrative Medicine Center.
Grape leaves for a healthy brain
It’s important to eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
A study at the University of California, San Francisco, found that omega-3s are crucial for the brain’s health. They were found to help with depression, ADHD, learning disabilities, and Alzheimer’s disease.
So, I recommend eating foods high in omega-3s, such as fish, avocado, nuts, and leafy greens.
Would you check out your local health food store or see if they have it in your area? I know there are many different ways to do this, but I will share my favorite form of ensuring you get all the necessary vitamins and nutrients. I have had great results with this method. Start by washing all your fruits and veggies well. This is super important! You don’t want anything dirty on them. The next step is peeling your veggies and putting them in a bowl or glass measuring cup.
Frequently asked questions about grape leaves.
Q: How did this dish come about?
A: My mother-in-law gave me grape leaves and a recipe for them, and I decided to try them with chicken. We marinated our chicken in Greek yogurt with garlic, lemon, rosemary, and oregano. Afterward, we sauteed the chicken in olive oil and sprinkled the chicken with feta cheese. Finally, we topped the chicken with grape leaves and then roasted it at 425 degrees for 35 minutes.
Q: Did you make any changes to the recipe?
A: I did not change the recipe. I added grape leaves to the recipe.
Q: Why did you use grape leaves instead of spinach or other greens?
A: Because of the unique flavor grape leaves bring to the dish, they are an ideal addition.
Top Myths about grape leaves
- You must be a vegetarian to enjoy this recipe.
- Grape leaves should be removed from this recipe before use.
- You must use a special type of flour for this recipe.
Grape leaves are often used in salads, soups, and stews. They also have a long history in Middle Eastern cooking. Grape leaves are often added to fresh dishes, but you can also make a salad or soup with dried grape leaves.
Grape leaves are also a popular ingredient in falafel. Middle Eastern dishes are made with meat or vegetables mixed with chickpeas and spices and sometimes served on pita bread.
If you like falafel, you might also enjoy this recipe for falafel balls. The grape leaves that I use are called “Greek” grape leaves. They’re thin and light green. They are sold in jars or bags in the supermarket’s refrigerated section. The jarred ones tend to be fresher than the bagged ones. You can also find dried grape leaves at some specialty stores. Dried grape leaves are available in small quantities at some Middle Eastern grocery stores. The only ingredient I use is olive oil.