5 Recipes That Make Following the Mediterranean Diet Super Easy
Another big perk: Unlike other eating plans that come with long lists of rules and restrictions on what you can and cannot eat, the Mediterranean diet is probably one of the most...chill eating plans out there. The focus is on foods high in omega-3s and healthy fats (hello, olive oil!), along with tons of fruits and veggies, legumes, nuts, and some nutrient-dense carbohydrates. Red wine is encouraged. What's not to love?
See what a registered dietitian has to say about the Mediterranean diet in the video below:
Mediterranean diet newbies could certainly roast some salmon with some olive oil and call it a day. But if you're looking for some more cooking inspo, check out these delicious (and easy) Mediterranean diet recipes that will help you reap all of those benefits.
These 5 Mediterranean diet recipes will help you stay healthy in 2019.
1. Mediterranean chickpea salad
In just 15 minutes, you'll have a veggie-packed bowl loaded with protein-filled chickpeas, cucumber, and cherry tomatoes, all tossed with a tasty vinaigrette.
2. Easy vegan falafel
Falafels are a Mediterranean diet staple, and this version made from chickpeas gets a healthy remix by being sautéd—not deep fried. Stuff them in a pita and add some greens and hummus, and you've got lunch.
3. Mediterranean quinoa bowl
This colorful bowl is filled with quinoa, cucumbers, kale, olives, hummus, olive oil—basically everything necessary for Mediterranean diet 101.
4. Mediterranean stuffed sweet potatoes
Love sweet potatoes? Give them a Mediterranean twist by stuffing them with marinated chickpeas, a creamy avocado tahini sauce, and feta cheese.
5. Mediterranean cauliflower rice tabbouleh bowl
This combo of artichokes, cubed tofu, cauliflower rice, green olives, hemp hearts, hummus, and plenty of veggies is the perfect make-ahead option for work lunches. And it's vegan and gluten-free, too, if that's your thing.
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