Hello, I am so glad you’re here today! Even if you’re not of the mind to make New Year’s resolutions, there’s never a bad time to make a healthy meal. These days, we are more aware than ever of healthy foods and ingredients; that healthy recipes don’t necessarily equate to bland or boring meals. One of the easiest ways to put together a delicious and healthy meal is to look at the Mediterranean Diet. The term “Mediterranean Diet” doesn’t refer to a new diet fad, it refers instead to the eating habits of people who live near the Mediterranean Sea. Today I have 6 Mediterranean Recipes to Kick Off the New Year.
Below, I've collected 6 Mediterranean recipes and put them together for you. If you're interested in making any or all, just follow the links for the full recipe card.
Kelly is sharing 6 Mediterranean Recipes to Kick Off the New Year
Plus a Pinnable guide to the three principles of the Mediterranean Diet
You can get the full recipe card for a dish by clicking the link at the end of each section
There is a lot written about, and diet fads based upon, the Mediterranean Diet. But if you just think of the three basic principles below, you really can’t go wrong. The eating habits of Mediterranean people are straightforward and easy to follow:
Hello and welcome! I love this salad because it’s basically layers of fresh veggies drizzled with a wonderfully light feta and lemon dressing. When presented to a table, it’s beautiful and so very inviting. Especially on a hot summer day. We have quinoa and beans, for protein and a little heft; we have some super greens, a rainbow of vegetables and some red grapes thrown on for a juicy sweet bite. This salad works well in winter too, just swap the big heirloom tomatoes for cherry or grape tomatoes.
Today I have an incredibly easy salad, customizable and so very delicious. A citrus dijon dressing dresses this tuna salad; with celery, cucumber, radishes, green and red onions, and plenty of herbs, Kalamata olives and Pepperoncini for flavor. The pasta is totally optional; this salad is fantastic on its own or as a sandwich. But I had a craving for cold pasta, and I love how the spirals of perfectly al dente Rotini pick up bits of tuna, lemon zest, seasoning and herbs – Oh my goodness, this is so good!
Today’s Sunday Supper is an easy meal with rich Mediterranean flavor. It all comes together on a sheet tray and is ready in about 40 minutes. There are few recipes simpler than a sheet pan dinner. This one is made even simpler with cute, tiny little potatoes that require no slicing. With fennel, cherry tomatoes, olives, feta and fresh herbs, this Sunday Supper is colorful and delicious.
I hope you’re adjusting well to the beginning of daylight savings time (if they do that where you live…). It usually takes me a couple days to get in the swing of it. To ease the loss of time, how about an easy, healthy Mediterranean Poached Halibut? This is a perfect, one-pan weeknight meal. Today is the first time I am using my new Always Pan, which made this dinner even easier because the clean-up is a cinch!
This week’s frigid temperatures around the country mean one thing to me: Chicken Soup, stat! I have been pining for Avgolemono Soup for a while now, and this week, the time was right! Avgolemono Soup is a Greek Lemon and Chicken Soup with rice, carrots, celery and onion. It’s creamy thanks to a silky beaten egg, lemon juice and broth mixture (the avgolemono sauce), which makes this dairy-free recipe so very comforting.
Today’s recipe is a fun mash up of Greek and Mediterranean flavors folded in a toasted flour tortilla. Yes, Mediterranean Quesadillas! This recipe is quick and easy; perfect if you’re cooking for one and great for any meal of the day. But this isn’t just a can of chickpeas tossed in a tortilla with veggies and cheese, we are going to jazz it up a bit by frying the chickpeas with herbs until their exteriors are golden, a little crispy, and their interiors are creamy and soft.
In case you missed it sometimes it's just all about the shoes! Yesterday, Beth shared her chicken noodle soup recipe and a perfect Friday cocktail. Make sure to click the title or image below to read the article.
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