Saturday, June 10, 2017

Customers with Special Dietary Needs and Food Preferences

Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines are generally regarded as healthy cuisines and boasts many health benefits.  Such cuisines emphasize healthy fats, lean proteins, whole grains, and fruits and veggies. Middle Eastern foods also offers  rich spices, tangy fruits, olives and olive oil, lentils and healthy seeds. Additionally we are big on grilling and broiling meats and vegetables and not so much on deep frying. Generally speaking, you can't go wrong with consuming Greek and Middle Eastern foods

See this article regarding calories and Middle Eastern food. The article talks about Lebanese food which is a major focus of the Middle Eastern or Arabic cuisine.  Of course there are customers who have specific or special dietary needs , preferences or requirements as well as food allergies. Here is a breakdown of our menu in regard to specific diet needs, preferences and food allergies

Vegetarian & Vegan

A vegetarian diet focuses on plants for food. These include fruits, vegetables, dried beans and peas, grains, seeds and nuts. There is no single type of vegetarian diet. Instead, vegetarian eating patterns usually fall into the following groups:
  • The vegan diet, which excludes all meat and animal products
  • The lacto vegetarian diet, which includes plant foods plus dairy products
  • The lacto-ovo vegetarian diet, which includes both dairy products and eggs
People who follow vegetarian diets can get all the nutrients they need. However, they must be careful to eat a wide variety of foods to meet their nutritional needs. Nutrients vegetarians may need to focus on include protein, iron, zinc and vitamin B12

-- United States Department of Agriculture

Blue Olive Menu


Baba ghanouj
Grecian dip (tzatziki)
Flat breads and Pizza 

Salads: Greek salad, fattoush, Arabic salad. feta salad
Lentil soup 
Spinach pie 
Toum (garlic sauce) 
Greek dressing  
Greek fries
Dinner Plates:  vegetarian delight

Baba ghanouj 
Arabic salad
Toum (garlic sauce)
Lentil soup  
Greek dressing

Food Allergies and Food Intolerance

A food allergy is an abnormal immune response to food. The signs and symptoms may range from mild to severe. They may include itchiness, swelling of the tongue, vomiting, diarrhea, hives, trouble breathing, or low blood pressure. This typically occurs within minutes to several hours of exposure. When the symptoms are severe it is known as anaphylaxis

Gluten  Pita, pizza, flat breads, and spinach pies
Milk / Dairy  Grecian dip (tzatziki), pizza and flat breads, Greek salad, hummus deluxe and meat mousaka, chicken and lamb curries, feta cheese

Tree Nuts Hummus the works may contain pine nuts and Baklava have walnuts
Shellfish and Fish None
Peanuts None
Soy None
Eggs  None 

Other Food Concerns

Deep fried  Homemade fries, wings, falafel, and kibbeh 
High Corn Syrup  Ketchup
Spicy / Hot: Chicken curry, lamb curry, spicy hummus and biryani
Frozen Peas & carrots (used to flavor the rice)

Halal  Most of the meats are Halal. Occasionally the meats are not 100% Halal. Please call 972-548-7050 to verify.
MSG None 
Butter Baklava
Kosher - Our menu is not Kosher although some kosher guidelines are similar
 to Halal. guidelines

Pork, lard or any pork products- None