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!
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!
1. Roasted Cauliflower
Roasted cauliflower with olive oil caramelizes resulting a sweet, nutty and healthy cauliflower dish.
Click for the recipe here >> Roasted Cauliflower
2. Baked Spiced Greek Meatballs in Tomato Sauce-Soutzoukakia
Greek baked cumin flavored meatballs, drenched in thick tomato sauce.
Click for the recipe here >>Baked Spiced Greek Meatballs in Tomato Sauce-Soutzoukakia
3. Syrupy Walnut Phyllo Rolls – Baklava
If you love baklava, you can make this easy, vegan, healthier version at home. Walnuts wrapped in phyllo and drizzled with syrup is a perfect dessert any time of the day.
Click for the recipe here >> Syrupy Walnut Phyllo Rolls – Baklava
4. The Best Authentic Greek Stuffed Tomatoes-Gemista
The quintessential Greek Mediterranean dish: Roasted tomatoes and peppers stuffed with rice and herbs. The famous Gemista or Yemista.
Click for the recipe here >> The Best Authentic Greek Stuffed Tomatoes-Gemista
5. Greek Stewed Pork and Greens in Lemon Sauce – Fricassee
Tender pork along with greens and a lemon sauce, this hearty, comforting meal is not only tasty, it is cooked with plenty of greens, making it healthy too.
Click for the recipe here >> Greek Stewed Pork and Greens in Lemon Sauce – Fricassee
6. Greek Baked Feta Cheese in Phyllo and Honey
A sweet and salty dessert, easy on the sugar. Baked feta wrapped in phyllo dough drizzled with honey.
Click for the recipe here >> Greek Baked Feta Cheese in Phyllo and Honey
7. Mediterranean Eggplant stuffed with Fresh Tomato and Onion
Roasted Eggplant stuffed with a tasty mix of caramelized onion and fresh tomato, drizzled with olive oil.
Click for the recipe here >> Mediterranean Eggplant stuffed with Fresh Tomato and Onion
8. Greek Chickpea Patties with Thick Tomato Sauce
Flavorful chickpea-tomato patties drenched in intense tomato sauce.
Click for the recipe here >> Greek Chickpea Patties with Thick Tomato Sauce
9. Crispy Greek Sheet Pan Chicken with Sweet Potatoes
Roasted crispy chicken accompanied with juicy roasted sweet potatoes. An easy, sheet pan, weekday dinner.
Click for the recipe here >> Crispy Greek Sheet Pan Chicken with Sweet Potatoes
10. Greek Roasted Veggie Pita Pizza
This Greek inspired roasted veggie pita pizza will satisfy your pizza craving and get in plenty of vegetables.
Click for the recipe here >> Greek Roasted Veggie Pita Pizza
11. Greek Spinach and Rice – Spanakorizo
A traditional Greek rice and spinach dish that will become a winter staple, thanks to its flavor.
Click for the recipe here >> Greek Spinach and Rice – Spanakorizo
12. Greek Style Nachos with Spicy Whipped Feta
Nachos made with traditional Greek salad ingredients (tomatoes, capers, olives, onions), topped with the traditional Greek dip made with feta, yogurt and hot peppers.
Click for the recipe here >> Greek Style Nachos with Spicy Whipped Feta
13. Pasteli: Greek Honey-Sesame Bars
Crunchy, Sweet and Protein rich bars. A traditional Greek snack made with only two ingredients: sesame seeds and honey.
Click for the recipe here >> Pasteli: Greek Honey-Sesame Bars
14. Authentic Spanakopita – Greek Spinach and Feta Pie
The authentic recipe for spanakopita, spinach cooked with herbs and feta cheese covered with crunchy phyllo.
Click for the recipe here >> Authentic Spanakopita – Greek Spinach and Feta Pie
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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.
Hi Agnes, Thank you so much for your kind words! Happy to inspire a visit to Greece and Ikaria!
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!
Thank you so much Mary Jo! Happy to make eating enjoyable and without guilt!
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
Thanks Florence! Do you remember where you saw it? Maybe checking the pita recipes on the site here: https://www.olivetomato.com/pies/
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?
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
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.
Thanks Dianne! Making pita as we speak!
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.
Thank you Cheryl! Yes, the casserole is a favorite too! Be safe!