Nutrition

14 Feel-Good Mediterranean Comfort Foods To Make Right Now

These 14 recipes are not only comforting, they are full of nutrients to keep you strong, balance your mood and reduce your stress. Science says so!

Gemista Greek stuffed tomatoes

Have you started stress cooking and baking? I know I have. With the news that we may need to stay at home for an extended period of time, our first impulse may be that we can eat whatever we feel like since we are stranded in our house. And sure, junk food sounds good just about now and under these unique circumstances, and I would not blame anyone for seeking out easy to eat, highly processed foods. But did you know that studies have shown that junk food is associated with a depressive mood? So, you may go into a vicious cycle of feeling sorry for yourself-eating junk food-feeling stressed-eating more junk food etc. etc. In the long run junk food is not only bad for our physical health but our emotional health as well.

One of the most important things to do right now is eating healthy, well-balanced meals. And that means includes food as well. Eating well will be good for your health and your well-being and it also gives you a sense of accomplishment. Plus, at some point this situation will end and we want to come out of it stronger, physically and mentally.

Thankfully Mediterranean cuisine has plenty of tasty and satisfying dishes. Research has shown that incorporating Mediterranean foods may help you cope better with stress, and as a bonus your home will fill with delicious aromas and smell cozy and homey. So, check out some favorites and let’s start cooking!

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10 Comments

  • Reply Cheryl March 18, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    Hi Elena! I can vouch for your mom’s gemista recipe. It’s the greatest comfort food recipe in the history of the world! Also, your spanakorizo recipe is great comfort food, too. But since I made it last week, I’m tempted to make either prasorizo or lahanorizo this week. It depends on what will be available at the store.

    Another of my favorites is the Spinach Casserole with Feta and Crunchy Topping that I will definitely be making this week.

    Thanks so much for sharing your recipes and everyone take care with this horrible virus that’s going around.

  • Reply Dianne March 18, 2020 at 8:14 pm

    After going to Greece last spring, I can’t get enough of Greek Food recipes! I especially love your spanakopita. I make it all the time and my family loves it. And you are right about cooking and baking, they are very good therapy for these times! Thank for posting these.

  • Reply RONNIE GINSBERG March 19, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    I had weight loss surgery . I still haven’t met my goals. I need to have 80 grams of protein each day and eat low carbs. The ‘popular ‘ diets like Keto is NOT good for me!
    I love the Mediterranean way of eating! Do you think I can get my nutrition needs eating the Mediterranean way?

    ANY SUGGESTINGS?
    Thank you!!!

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RDN March 19, 2020 at 1:20 pm

      Yes! The Mediterranean diet is the gold standard of diets and is considered a well-balanced way of eating. Wishing you a quick recovery from your surgery

  • Reply florence March 20, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    Hi Elena, This morning I saw a recipe you had which was a pita with hand made dough stuffed with ricotta.
    I didn’t note the name of it and I cannot find it. Please help. Thank you

    PS your patsavouropita is a huge hit with my family and friends

  • Reply Mary Jo Macias March 21, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    Thank you Elena! Finally, a site that incorporates my favorite foods(Bread, Vegetables and Cheese – in that order) in a Healthy and COST effective manner. I have been trying quite of the recipes over the past several weeks and have enjoyed both making AND eating I have even started to see my weight improve without really trying and no guilt. I wanted to reach out to let you know how thankful I am that you have taken the time to share via this site. It has made a huge difference in my Kitchen!
    Thank you, Thank you and Ευχαριστούμε!

  • Reply Agnes March 31, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    Hey Elena! I’ve been reading your blog for about a year now. I’m 25 and want to treat my body right so I can keep it for the long haul. I found your blog and loved that it is based on what people had been eating for hundreds (even thousands) of years and did not involve calorie counting or fad health food ingredients. Also, I could tolerate veggies in your recipes much more than the boring boiled peas and carrots of my childhood. Because of your blog, I was inspired to visit Greece this summer and went to Ikaria to see the famous blue zone and what they really eat there, because I had a feeling it was not “Mediterranean” seasoned Sun Chips. Your blog started me on an overhaul of the way I eat and a more positive outlook on what a healthy lifestyle is like. I was very glad to learn that a healthy lifestyle involves lots of olive oil and no no calorie counting. I’m really grateful for this website and the time you dedicate to it. Thank you a lot.

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