Mediterranean Diet Delights

Baked Falafel with Smoky Tahini Dressing

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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 green and black olives 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 from My Italian Garden* by Viana La Place. more→

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Greek Stewed Potatoes, Tomatoes, and Zucchini

Here’s a Greek-inspired stew bursting with summer flavors. 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. more→

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Fattouche Salad

Not as well known in our culture as tabbouleh, which is like this, a Lebanese salad, fattouche is just as delicious. It gets its characteristic touch from the use of small bits of toasted pita bread.  more→

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