Mediterranean-food

5 Healthy and Easy Mezze Recipes

Rather than creating one main meal for lunch or dinner, mezzes are a great way to experiment with different foods each night.

Just like tapas, they are small, designed for sharing with 2 or more guests, and are really easy to create on a limited time frame.

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Lemon feta dip

Ingredients: Reduced-fat cream cheese, feta cheese, garlic, olive oil, lemon, red pepper flakes, chives

A simple dip is perfect for any mezze meal, especially if you have an abundance of bread on the table. Sprinkle some cracked black pepper, coriander and serve with a side of olives.

5 Healthy and Easy Mezze Recipes

Greek salad

Ingredients: cucumber, olives, tomato, feta cheese, olive oil, red onion

Make this quick and easy summer salad which tastes fresh, and is ideal with red or white wine. Cucumber, olives, feta cheese, tomato and red capsicum with a splash of olive oil is the best way to treat your guests. No lettuce.

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Grilled cheese jalapenos

Ingredients: jalapeno peppers, goat cheese, smoked paprika, ground cumin, garlic, sea salt

For those who like it spicy, these grilled jalapenos are the perfect starting dish. Slice in half, add some goats cheese with olive oil and cook until golden brown.

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Grilled octopus

Ingredients: Red wine vinegar, lemon zest, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, octopus, olive oil, lemon juice

Prepare this delicious seafood dish which is so quick and easy! Simply wash the octopus, and carefully cut the tentacles into small pieces. Season, and grill until golden brown. Yum!

5 Healthy and Easy Mezze Recipes

Lentil salad

Ingredients: green lentils, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, fresh mint, parsley, lemon juice, cumin, allspice, black pepper

Finish off with this fresh and healthy lentil salad which everyone is sure to enjoy. It’s the perfect summer salad which won’t leave you feeling too full after a few too many servings.

5 Healthy and Easy Mezze Recipes

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May 5, 2015

Quick and Easy Mediterranean Vegetable Salad

Treat yourself to a delicious lunchtime snack of colourful vegetables which are tasty and filling.

Our delicious recipe takes only 2 minutes to prepare, and can be stored in the fridge for an instant lunch or dinner snack. For extra flavour, add a few sliced kalamata olives and sprinkled rocket over the top before with lemon juice before serving.

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Ingredients

5 cherry tomatoes (sliced)

1 roma tomato (sliced)

1/4 cup red capsicum

1/4 cup chopped zucchini slices

1/3 cup roasted peppers

1/3 cup kalamata olives (pitted and sliced)

1 cucumber (sliced)

1/2 cup rocket

Cos lettuce

1/2 lemon (for dressing)

1 tbsp olive oil

Salt and pepper

Method

  1. Wash and slice all of the vegetables, and place into a large bowl.
  2. Squeeze the juice from 1/2 a lemon, and season with salt and cracked pepper. Toss well, then serve. Feel free to serve the vegetables raw, or lightly grill the zucchini and red capsicum to enhance their flavour.

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February 10, 2015

5 Mediterranean Foods To Try

Whether you’re planning your next dinner party, or looking for something new and exotic to try out, Mediterranean cuisine combines taste and flavour for a truly unforgettable dining experience. Using many delicious seasonal vegetables, olive oil and meat products, there is a reason why many people turn to a Mediterranean diet to maintain their weight and enjoy healthy, wholesome food.

1. Yemista (stuffed tomatoes with rice)

Made all year round, yemista is a staple amongst Greek families around the world. Usually made with tomatoes and stuffed with white rice, herbs and minced meat, the recipe is full of flavour and can be moderated to your particular taste. Feel free to use the same filling with peppers, and other large vegetables such as zucchini. Then simply pop into the oven and bake until golden brown.

2. Mediterranean salad

This healthy salad is packed with cucumber, capsicum, olives, red onion, feta cheese and tomatoes which makes for a nutritious but tasty meal if you’re on-the-go. As per tradition, no lettuce is used in these salads, but that doesn’t mean it’s not healthy! Seasoned with plenty of olive oil, red vinegar and oregano for a distinct and delicious taste.

3. Neapolitan pizza

This classic margherita pizza is a staple in Italy due to it’s simple ingredients and yummy taste. There are many variations out there stemming from this traditional recipe, but it’s better to keep it simple and so you can really enjoy the meal in it’s entirety. Less is more, with most pizzas only consisting of tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, basil leaves and a pinch of freshly ground pepper, (and of course a freshly home-baked pizza base).

4. Dolmades (Stuffed vine leaves)

An extremely popular summer dish across the Mediterranean, dolmades are simply vines leaves stuffed with rice and meat. This dish is quite similar to yemista, but is traditionally eaten cold as a perfect summer snack during the warmer months in Europe. Cabbage leaves are often used instead since they can hold more filling and are great for beginners because they’re more durable and easier to wrap and cook at home.

5. Avgolemono (egg-lemon soup)

Another popular dish amongst Mediterranean countries is egg-lemon soup. This dish is known for its distinct taste and healing properties especially if someone is suffering from a cold, throat infection or tonsillitis. Other than, it’s health benefits include generous servings of olive oil, protein from the chicken pieces and the way the egg makes the dish smooth and tasty for even the pickiest of eaters.

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By Felicia Sapountzis

July 4, 2014