We've all heard about the benefits of a Mediterranean diet, which comes mostly from the fact that many of their meals are rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, fish and vegetable oils. But the Mediterranean is full of more than tomatoes and olive oil — it's got a rich variety of meals that are just waiting to be on your plate. Here are a few classic dishes that will make you feel like you're in Greece, France and other Mediterranean countries without having to leave your kitchen.
1. Mediterranean-style beef stuffed peppers
Chickpeas, parsley, allspice, paprika and tomato really bring these beef-stuffed peppers to life.
2. Easy ratatouille
In case you thought ratatouille was just a rat chef, think again. It’s actually a vegetable dish with zucchini, tomatoes, eggplant and peppers. This recipe makes it easy to make your own ratatouille.
3. One-pot Greek chicken & lemon rice
Looking to save some time on dinner? This Greek chicken and lemon rice recipe only requires a single pot to make, so cleanup is gonna be a breeze.
4. Greek chicken salad
The best part of this greek chicken salad is that you make your own marinade for chicken, combining red wine vinegar, parsley, basil, oregano and lemon. Well, that and the avocado, of course.
5. Mediterranean meatball sandwich
Looking for a unique spin on the classic gyro? Try this Mediterranean meatball sandwich, which has the homemade tzatziki you love, plus parsley and cumin-flavored meatballs made from scratch.
6. Grilled chicken souvlaki
Souvlaki is just meat on a skewer, and you’ll want a grill in order to make these skewers extra tasty. And don’t skip the yogurt sauce!
7. Greek chickpea salad
Chickpeas, cucumber, red onion, tomatoes, feta, parsley and dressing — that’s all there is to this super-tasty, super-quick Greek chickpea salad, perfect for hot summer days.
8. Falafel & pita
There’s nothing quite like a freshly made falafel, and this recipe shows you how to make them perfectly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
9. Greek moussaka
Moussaka is a Greek dish traditionally made with lamb, eggplant and tomatoes and topped with cheese. This version uses beef and a béchamel sauce that will knock your socks off.