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10 Tempting Mediterranean-Inspired Recipes from Oldways

There is little doubt now that the Mediterranean Diet is a smart choice for more than just fresh and vibrant flavor.  Research finds again and again that this diet and lifestyle is a smart choice for weight loss, brain health, heart health, longevity and more!  

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If you’d like a little more Mediterranean in your life, start adding more whole and plant based foods to your diet, move more and incorporate Mediterranean-inspired recipes like these from Oldways into your weekly menu at home:

  1. Beet Tzatziki - This recipe swaps in vibrant beets for traditional cucumbers in this sauce.  Add it to sandwiches and salads or use it as a dip for fresh veggies.
  2. Chickpea Spinach Pasta Salad - This quick and budget-friendly recipe can be enjoyed warm or made ahead and served chilled.  Chickpeas are a tasty option for vegetarian protein.
  3. Chopped Romaine and Cucumber Salad with Yogurt Dressing - Crisp, cool and flavorful, this salad makes the most of fresh herbs for a delicious and veggie-rich choice.
  4. Crete's Cracked Wheat Bread - Yes, you can enjoy bread again!  This classic recipe is made with whole wheat flour and cracked wheat for a delicious whole-grain side.  How will you dress it up? 
  5. Crete's Mixed Greens and Tomatoes with Black-Eyed Peas - It’s the International Year of the Pulse and this salad is a great way to celebrate.  Smoky black-eyed peas are paired with juicy ripe tomatoes, your favorite garden greens and flavorful herbs and spices for a bright dish loaded with nutrients.
  6. Milo Salad with Oregano, Feta Cheese, and Cucumbers - This whole grain dish is brought to life with classic Mediterranean ingredients.  The cucumber, feta, lemon and more are sure to make your taste buds water.
  7. Orzo with Feta, Olives, Tomatoes, and Dill - This is the recipe for cooks that prefer not to use a recipe.  Combine the ingredients and pair with greens for a simple summer meal.
  8. Skewers of Marinated Crete Spring Lamb with Artichokes and Lemons - While the Mediterranean Diet is known for its heavy focus on plants, it is also spiced up with the occasional meat dish like this.  These skewers are a natural for the grill.
  9. Spicy Salmon - Seafood is a big component of the Mediterranean Diet.  This marinade can be used on any fish to add rich flavor.  Pair your salmon with veggies, whole grains and maybe even a glass of wine like the locals do to round out the meal.
  10. Wild Rice and Lentil Salad - Rice and lentils are a natural fit for flavor and nutrition.  Using your favorite seasonal vegetables can help personalize the recipe and take it from cool spring days to hot summer nights.

Finding flavorful Mediterranean-inspired choices at restaurants can be an easy strategy for busy days.  Search for menu choices like these, rich in vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains, at restaurants near you:

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