Mediterranean Diet Delights

Greek Potato, Tomato, and Zucchini Stew

Greek potato, zucchini, and green bean stew

Here’s a simple Greek-inspired stew bursting with summer flavors — tomatoes and zucchini in a mellow base of potatoes. A fresh, crusty bread is a must with this. To round out the meal, serve a big green salad with some chickpeas tossed in, and a good wine. For a company meal, add Olive Bar Medley with Tofu “Feta” as an appetizer. more→

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Baked Falafel with Smoky Tahini Dressing

Falafel wraps detail

Fried foods aren’t great for you, which is why this recipe for baked falafel is such a pleasure. Besides being healthier, it’s also much easier to make. Plus, frying is just messy. Serve these little balls of happiness with the accompanying Smoky Tahini Sauce in a pita or in wraps with fresh tomatoes and lettuce, or atop rice or whole grain.  Contributed by Dynise Balcavage, from Celebrate Vegan* (Lyons Press, ©2011). more→

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Mediterranean Spinach with Pine Nuts and Raisins

Mediterranean Spinach with Pine nuts and raisins

Spinach with pine nuts and raisins is a traditional Mediterranean side dish that’s both elegant and easy. Its mild and slightly sweet flavor provides a nice counterpoint to boldly flavored Italian pasta dishes. But really, it goes well with most any kind of meal, including those featuring grain dishes and curries as well. more→

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Little Golden Tomatoes Sautéed with Olives and Parsley

Golden tomatoes with garlic and parsley

This simple recipe is a wonderful addition to your repertoire of summer vegetable dishes. The sweet tomatoes and pungent flavor of olives, both oil-cured black ones and brined green olives, wake up any appetite. It is also good tossed with short pasta and served hot or at room temperature. Recipe adapted from My Italian Garden* by Viana La Place. more→

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Fattouche Salad

Middle Eastern fattouche salad

Fattouche salad is a Middle Eastern classic that’s not as well known in western culture as is tabbouleh, though maybe it should be — it’s just as delicious. It gets its characteristic touch from the use of small bits of toasted pita bread mingling with juicy tomatoes, cucumbers, and fresh herbs. more→

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