The Mediterranean diet is known to be based on fresh ingredients with very little processed foods involved. This gives the mistaken impression that it involves a lot of cooking and preparation as many so called experts erroneously tell us.
The truth is Mediterranean and Greek food is a fairly simple and straightforward affair. While there are a few recipes that require more time or expertise, typical recipes are quite simple and easy to make. With the start of the school year convenient recipes are even more important. After summer vacation whether you have kids or not, it can be hard to get back into a routine of meal preparation and not end up ordering takeout
Here is a roundup of my easiest, no fuss, healthy Mediterranean recipes that you can prepare in no time and get you through the week feeling content and healthy.
Lentils are my bean of choice, not only because they are so versatile (you can use them in stews, salads, even as a patty) but because they are so easy to prepare. No soaking and they cook very quickly. I use the smallest I can find as they cook even quicker. Here is a classic Greek dish of rice and lentils. I’ve added carrots and tomatoes for more variety.
If you are going to have red meat this is the way to go. While they are baking make the salad and you are all set. Here in Greece we often accompany them with lightly boiled wild greens (horta). These taste good at room temperature too!
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