We’ve also added a recipe that’s sure to entice your kids with healthy Mediterranean ways, a brunch suggestion, and tips on how to prepare and cook and freeze in advance. Enjoy!
To take your yogurt breakfast to another level, try this version. It is a unique combination of Greek Yogurt whipped with Cardamom, Vanilla, Medjool Dates and Pistachios.
Lunch is another great meal to replace with a Mediterranean option. For example, eating a grain- or legume-based salad can help raise blood sugar slowly, giving your brain the energy it needs throughout the day. It also reduces overeating at night.
This gorgeous farro salad is packed full of vegetables, sprinkled with Greek feta and drizzled with vinaigrette.
Za’atar varies by culture, but it is typically a combo of roasted sesame seeds, dried oregano, and thyme or marjoram with the pungent, tangy Mediterranean spice sumac.
You might think you’ll enjoy Mediterranean delights like baklava, tiramisu, cannoli, gelato, flan, and crme brlée, but they’re sometimes saved. Many countries around the Mediterranean Sea have special treats.
Instead, think fresh fruit, whole, sliced or grilled, or a healthy combo of whole-grain granola with ricotta and freshly grated orange peel.
In the Mediterranean, a giant platter of meze is typically served as an appetizer, but you can reuse this visually striking spread as a festive brunch. collect small Bowls of Hummus and Baba Ghanoush – or Roasted Eggplant Dip – Along with fresh figs and dried dates, raw vegetables, yogurt dip, cheese and hot pieces of grated cheese.
Roasted or stuffed vegetables with casserole are another brunch option. Originating in North Africa, adopted by Middle Eastern countries such as Israel and Palestine is a breakfast staple that can feed a crowd. This one-skillet dish usually consists of a mixture of tomatoes, red pepper, onion, garlic and spices, with eggs poached over it.
It can be made with a variety of vegetables, and Al Bochi’s green version takes a spin on a regional favorite by using spinach with fresh basil.
Make ahead and freeze
If cooking on the weekends and chilling for weeks to come is your thing—or you just want ideas for how to get started—you’re in luck. Many Mediterranean foods can be prepared or frozen without any problems. Whole grains can be made in bulk in the slow cooker and frozen into individual servings for breakfast or added to soups and salads made later.
This make-ahead, freezeable breakfast—loaded with vegetables and a little feta—is a breeze to prepare in advance for a busy morning or afternoon protein snack.
kid friendly food
Worried that little ones won’t embrace the Mediterranean eating style? No worries – try these fun and healthy pita pizzas. Slice black olives into round eyes and twist strips of roasted red pepper into a smile – spinach has great hair!
P.S. Adults will also love the delicious creations.
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