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Mediterranean Cooking

Mediterranean Cooking

Mediterranean Cooking

Mediterranean cooking is inspired by the eating habits in Greece, Spain and the southern areas of Italy and France. Natural foods like fruits, veggies, nuts, legumes, whole grains and olive oil are central to the cuisine in these areas. The colorful dishes are flavored with fresh, aromatic herbs and garlic, and wine consumption is welcome (yay!). Since the focus is on whole foods, most of the recipes are simple to prepare. To help you keep up with your busy schedule, we included the FAST! icon on recipes that prep in 30 minutes or less. So start today--there's no better time to start eating well and enjoying meals with those you love.

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18 min

spicy shrimp & white bean panzanella FAST! active time 20 minutes start to finish 20 minutes serves 4 5 ounces whole-grain sourdough breadOlive oil spray1 medium lemon1½ pounds cooked medium shrimp1 can (15½ ounces) cannellini beans (white kidney beans), drained, rinsed8 ounces mixed cherry tomatoes halved2 English cucumbers, chopped1 small red onion, sliced thinly½ cup pitted Sicilian olives, halved1 serrano chile pepper, sliced thinly1 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled¼ cup extra virgin olive oil⅓ cup red wine vinegar1 clove garlic, crushed 1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a large baking pan with parchment paper. 2. Tear bread coarsely into bite-sized pieces, place on the lined baking pan; spray with oil. Bake for 5 minutes or until golden and crisp. 3. Remove rind from lemon and cut into long thin strips…

12 min

two-bowl strawberry yogurt cake FAST! active time 15 minutes start to finish 1 hour 15 minutes + cooling serves 8 2½ cups self-rising flour8 ounces strawberries, chopped coarsely1 cup sugar1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste2 eggs, beaten lightly½ cup plain Greek yogurt8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted½ cup flaked almonds Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting1 cup additional plain Greek yogurt MACERATED STRAWBERRIES 8 ounces strawberries, sliced1 tablespoon lemon juice1 tablespoon sugar 1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-inch springform pan; line base and side with parchment paper. 2. Sift flour into a large bowl; stir in strawberries, sugar, vanilla paste, eggs, yogurt and butter until just combined. Spoon mixture into pan; smooth the surface. Sprinkle with almonds. 3. Bake cake for 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean; cover loosely with foil halfway…

3 min
the french diet

From accents and culture, to lifestyle and food, regional differences abound in France. In southern France, you couldn’t be further from the butter-rich cuisine of the northwest or the lard and sausage-laden dishes of the mountainous southeast. Blessed by a sunny climate that brings long, hot, dry summers, France’s Mediterranean areas, which include the region of Provence, are famous for almonds, olives, chickpeas, garlic, honey and stunning local fruit crops (figs, apricots, strawberries, cherries, melons). These all play a big part in the traditional diet, which is based on olive oil as the main fat and is particularly rich in fresh vegetables. Cooking meals from scratch using fresh local ingredients from local markets or growers, is key to the southern French way of life. All across France, there’s a genuine…

3 min
the spanish diet

Because of the great size of Spain as a country, its cuisine is extremely regional. The mountainous north experiences chilling winters so food is hearty and filling. Andalusia, in the south, has a warmer climate and much lighter food. With thousands of miles of coastline, parts of Spain, like Andalusia, are quintessentially Mediterranean. Plenty of tomatoes and pepers, garlic, onions, beans, lentils and chickpeas, rice, good bread and liberal amounts of red wine characterize the traditional diet here. It’s rich in fiber and antioxidants, derived from fresh herbs, olives and a repertoire of daily dishes based on seasonal produce. Low in saturated fats, fish is the main protein source and the range of seafood available is mind-boggling. Andalusia is also among the world’s largest producers of olive oil, which is…

5 min
live the mediterranean life

It’s no longer a secret that people who eat a Mediterranean diet share many commonalities including a longer life expectancy, healthier hearts and lower rates of chronic disease. The positive effects of the diet are far reaching and include lower levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol, better blood glucose (sugar) control, better weight management, reduced risk of depression, as well as a lower incidence of some cancers, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. The Mediterranean diet is centered on real, minimally processed foods such as whole grains, plenty of plant foods such as fruit and vegetables, as well as seafood and fish, yogurt, pulses, seeds and nuts. There is no need to give up your favorite foods, as the Mediterranean diet includes many of them, such as red wine, extra virgin olive oil,…

19 min
weeknight dinner

salmon packets with fingerling potatoes FAST! active time 15 minutes start to finish 50 minutes serves 2 9½ ounces fingerling potatoes, sliced thinly1 small red onion, cut into thin wedges1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil½ medium lemon, sliced thinly1 small tomato, sliced thinly5½ ounces skinless boneless salmon fillets2 teaspoons capers1 teaspoon fennel seeds3 ounces baby spinach leaves¼ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves 1. Preheat oven to 400°F. 2. Combine potatoes and onion in a roasting pan; drizzle with half the oil. Roast for 30 minutes or until potatoes are lightly browned and tender. 3. Meanwhile, arrange lemon and tomato on two 12-inch square pieces of greased heavy-duty aluminum foil. Top with salmon, capers and fennel seeds; drizzle with remaining oil. Fold foil into a packet to enclose salmon; place on a baking pan. Bake for…