Mediterranean Living

30 Minute Meals

Sheet Pan Haddock with Swiss Chard and Sun Dried Tomatoes

By |30 Minute Meals, Entrées, Gluten Free, Mediterranean, Recipes, Sea Cuisine, Sheet Pan, Weight Loss|

When I was growing up, my mom did most of the cooking. Inspired by her Italian grandmother and ancestors, she made delicious pasta dishes, baked bread and comforting casseroles. My dad, on the other hand, would only cook on occasion and it always revolved around the same thing - fresh fish. Much to my mom's chagrin, these nights felt very special as a kid because dad was cooking. Not only was he cooking, but his excitement about the fish he had selected at the fish market was contagious. One of the reasons he would get so excited is because he [...]

Cherry Tomato Sauce made in a Mason Jar

By |30 Minute Meals, Cheap Eats, Gluten Free, Italian, Recipes, Sheet Pan, Side Dishes, Vegan, Vegetarian, Weight Loss|

Summer is a crazy harvest time for us.  One week we are picking a ridiculous amount of zucchini, the next its eggplant and this week it has has been cherry tomatoes.  One of my favorite pasta sauces is roasting cherry tomatoes in the oven with olive oil, capers and garlic.  Usually, I leave the tomatoes whole after roasting, but this week I roasted the cherry tomatoes and then pureed them in a mason jar with an immersion blender.  The result was a sweet, creamy sauce that was a perfect compliment to pasta and made even more wonderful topped with grated [...]

Traditional Grilled Italian Vegetables

By |30 Minute Meals, Cheap Eats, Gluten Free, Grilling, Italian, Recipes, Side Dishes, Sunday Dinner, Vegan, Vegetarian, Weight Loss|

Now that spring is here, it's time to get outside and start grilling Mediterranean-style. Grilling vegetables is a great way to enhance their natural flavors and can be an inspiring way to increase your uptake of veggies. Here is our first grilling recipe of the year - traditional grilled Italian vegetables. It's brought to us by our Italian recipe developer, Giorgia Fontana. Check out her write-up below! Here in Italy, whenever you grill meat or fish you also grill some vegetables to go with it. In fact, in my experience, most of the time you start by grilling the vegetables [...]

Salad Nicoise with Tuna, Potato and Egg (France)

By |30 Minute Meals, Cheap Eats, French, Gluten Free, Recipes, Salads, Vegetarian, Weight Loss|

This recipe for Salad Nicoise is from our frequent collaborator and food photographer Mary Devinat. Read more about Mary’s Salad Nicoise and all the other varieties of this traditional French salad in her write-up below. There must be as many Niçoise salads as there are Niçois! You can find a lot of variations. Some have anchovies, others don't, sometimes, in restaurants, you can have rice or not. The original recipe is therefore difficult to find! However, this version is my favorite, it's simple but tasty. The sauce brings a real plus with the shallots (I don’t know why but shallots [...]

Greek Chop Chop Salad

By |30 Minute Meals, Greek, Recipes, Salads, Vegetarian, Weight Loss|

  My first experience with traditional chop chop salad was on the Greek island of Crete.  My wife and I were visiting an art cooperative checking out each artist's work in their mini studios.  Half way through our self guided tour we came upon a group of artists eating a late lunch.  As often happens in Crete, they invited us to sit with them and shared their food.  Their spread of food included a bean dish with herbs, bread (of course), kidneys fried in olive oil, cheese, wine and a chop chop salad.  I loved the instant camaraderie and thoroughly [...]

Pasta alla Puttanesca with Canned Tuna (Italy)

By |30 Minute Meals, Entrées, Italian, Recipes, Skillet, Vegetarian, Weight Loss|

Pasta alla Puttanesca is arguably one of the most classic pasta dishes, both in Italy and around the world and one of my absolute favorites to cook and eat. It’s pungent and rich in traditional Mediterranean flavors like olives, capers, tomatoes and oregano, so much so that is impossible not to love it! According to tradition, this pasta dish was created on the island of Ischia, in the Gulf of Naples, one night around 100 years ago, when a group of hungry people entered into a local restaurant asking for something to eat. As it was really late, the owner [...]

Creamy Greek Feta Dressing

By |30 Minute Meals, Gluten Free, Greek, Recipes, Salads, Vegetarian, Weight Loss|

In our house I am the condiment and dressing guy.  I love topping vegetables (and everything else) with all kinds of flavorful creations.  This creamy Greek feta dressing is my new go to favorite for a dip with vegetables or chips.  I also love it on our Greek Chop Chop salad. When most people think of feta cheese they think of Greek salad, but feta can be used to make dressings for salads as well.  Feta cheese has been consumed for thousands of years in the Mediterranean and is a centerpiece of the Mediterranean Diet. In Ancient Greece it was [...]

Greek Omelette with Zucchini and Mint (Crete)

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This recipe for Greek Omelette with Zucchini and Mint is brought to us by Koula Barydakis, Crete-native and co-author of the cookbook, "Foods of Crete: Traditional Recipes from the Healthiest People in the World".  Check out her write-up below! Ever since I started cooking, I have always been trying out new recipes because I love creating something new and delicious.  I was fortunate to grow up in a village in Crete where the land is fertile and good for planting during any season, allowing us to grow fresh and organic vegetables. The freshness and quality of the herbs and vegetables [...]

Grilled Pork Kabobs with Vegetables (Italy)

By |30 Minute Meals, Cheap Eats, Entrées, Gluten Free, Grilling, Italian, Recipes, Sunday Dinner, Weight Loss|

Now that spring is here, it’s time to get outside and start grilling Mediterranean-style.  This recipe for pork kabobs with vegetables is brought to us by our Italian recipe developer, Giorgia Fontana. Check out her write-up below! Who doesn’t love some delicious grilled meat and vegetable kabobs? If you like grilling outside and enjoy tasty and healthy food made with high quality ingredients, this is the perfect recipe