Relying heavily on fresh veggies, whole grains, and healthy fats, with a handful of fresh herbs and spices in every dish, Mediterranean diet admittedly belongs among the world’s healthiest and most indulgent at the same time. Contributing to heart health and longevity, linked to better overall health, reductions in type 2 diabetes and dementia, Mediterranean food is absolutely delicious on top of all that!
Today, we are sharing 7 of our most favorite recipes which require you to travel no further than your local grocery store to enjoy all the delicious ﬂavors of Mediterranean!
1. Best for Breakfast: Mediterranean Breakfast Burritos
Terri from Food Meanderings is a working mom challenging herself — and others — to eat healthy while on a tight schedule. This recipe, as well as most of those you will find on her blog, is the kind modern people actually have the time to whip up.
Delicious meal, minimal prep time! This breakfast burrito combines some of our favorite Mediterranean flavors such as spinach, feta, sun-dried tomatoes, and black olives in a delicious tortillas wrap. Perfect meal to throw together in the morning before you run out the door:
See the full recipe at Food Meanderings
2. Best Breakfast for Dinner: Mediterranean “Hercules” Skillet
Our favorite thing about Julie the Gourmet RD is that she’s all about the balance between healthy eating and enjoying all of your favorite foods. Forget restrictions, meet mindful eating!
For those of us wanting to eat a little bit better every day, this veggie-packed breakfast dish is a fantastic choice: there are beautiful eggs on top (making it a filling, satisfying breakfast), but you can — and will want to — whip it up any time of day, any day of the week, and your body will thank you!
See the full recipe at The Gourmet RD
3. Best Comfort Food: Pinto Bean & Rice Soup
Margarita, the chef and nutritionist behind the Tasty Mediterraneo, grew up enjoying a healthy Mediterranean diet and lifestyle and is now teaching everyone to do the same. The satisfying combination of red beans and rice in this soup is filling, hearty, and healthy at the same time! Keep warm and cozy with this ultimate comfort meal:
See the full recipe at Tasty Mediterraneo
4. Best One-Pot: Easy Mediterranean Chicken Bake
A one-dish recipe is the best kind of weeknight recipe (because hey, who’s got the time?!), and Carolyn from All Day I Dream About Food has a low carb, gluten-free recipe that is ready to go in the oven in minutes… and is hands down delicious once it comes out of it.
Packed with great Mediterranean flavors, chicken thighs baked on a bed of tomatoes, artichokes and olives, and covered in cheese make for a simple dinner the whole family will enjoy.
See the full recipe at All Day I Dream About Food
5. Best Dinner Plate: Mediterranean Lentils And Rice
Who said that a dinner without meat and cheese can’t be filling and flavorful? Sarah, the cook and writer behind My Daring Vegan, has been following a plant-based diet for over a decade (and counting) — needless to say, she knows a thing or two about indulgent vegan dishes! This plate filled with lentils, brown rice, fresh tomato cucumber salad, and homemade hummus makes an easy, yet fully satisfying dinner:
See the full recipe at My Darling Vegan
6. Best from Scratch: Mediterranean Olive Bread
Sally a.k.a. Good Dinner Mom views the fresh and unique meals she cooks as an excellent opportunity to express her love for family and friends (and what better way there is?!)
This mouth-watering Mediterranean olive bread is, as she puts it, “like Greek salad in a loaf of bread. Everything that’s the best Greek-fresh deliciousness in a bread.” Throw in sun-dried tomatoes, olives, feta, oregano, garlic, red onion and black pepper, prosciutto… then get creative and add literally anything else you like. Bake and end up with this beauty:
See the recipe full at Good Dinner Mom
7. Best for Dessert: Toasted Bread with Quark & Fresh Figs
Being a registered dietitian, nutritionist and a researcher, Katerina Vasilaki knows exactly how to knock together a healthy, delicious dessert. Being a Mediterranean girl who grew up in the farming fields of Corfu, she also knows how to make a fiber-rich dessert that will come together from basic ingredients yet taste like sweet heaven.
Enter the toast with quark and fresh figs, ladies and gentlemen — perfect for breakfast and a weekday dessert alike:
See the full recipe at The Mediterranean Dietitian
Ready to Reap the Health Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet?
We hope you enjoyed these healthy, easy recipes and found an inspiration to take a step toward eating more Mediterranean foods.
As much as cooking healthy, nutrient-rich dishes, Mediterranean diet emphasizes enjoying them with family and friends. Without a doubt, each and every one of the meals above will please you and your loved ones and help you have a delightful time together.
What’s your favorite Mediterranean-inspired dish? Share in the comment section below!