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Delicious and Healthy Recipes

Posted on July 12th, 2018 in Individual Resources

Each month we send recipes to members. Check here to find some of our more recent tasty, nutritious dishes.

In the summer, try super thirst quenching and filling smoothies after you exercise in the morning.  Chocolate Banana Shake is a delicious choice that is anti-inflammatory and has everything you need for a complete breakfast (carbs, fat and protein). The best part, of course, is that it has cacao in it which gives it a rich chocolate shake taste.  Enjoy!

Fresh eggplant is just around the corner and this Greek recipe is very simple to make and worth the little extra cooking time. Baked Eggplant with Caramelized Onions goes with almost any chicken, fish, meat or beans dish.  Serve it with a salad and bread and you have the perfect vegetarian meal!

Mango Strawberry Banana Smoothie is a nutrient-packed, anti-inflammatory, super delicious drink that can be a full breakfast or afternoon snack.  Use almond milk for extra protein, but you can use the milk of your choice.  Greek yogurt adds probiotics and the turmeric and ginger gives this smoothie exceptional flavor as well as adding even more anti-inflammatory effect.  

Avocado Toast with Smoked Salmon, Fresh Dill and Capers are a perfect flavor combination that will make your avocado toast brunch extra special.  Make sure your avocado is perfectly ripe for this recipe and you will have happy eaters.

Ok, we all know prunes are good for constipation, but did you also know that they are super delicious!  There is something very soothing about warm prunes with yogurt. Stewed Prunes with Greek Yogurt and Cinnamon is a great breakfast that can be made ahead.  

Beef with Spinach is a perfect mid-winter recipe that is both comforting and filling. Serve with roasted winter vegetables and a salad.  This recipe freezes well so you can eat it anytime!

Our Healthy in a Hurry recipes are nutritious and delicious. In addition, all can be prepared in 15 minutes and they only have 5-11 ingredients. Try them all.

Breakfast Yogurt Parfait  is a creamy, naturally sweet breakfast or snack that you can prepare in 5 minutes.  You can make a new recipe each day by adding different fruit such as apples, melons, strawberries or pineapple.  Sometimes, I add a small handful of granola to give it more of a crunch.

One of the classic recipes of the Mediterranean, Egyptian Lentils with Rice and Pasta is a full meal in itself, but it’s even better served with a Greek salad and roasted cauliflower.  On its own it is gluten free and vegan and is a great dish to serve at a party where you have guests on special diets.  It covers most of those bases and is still hearty and delicious!

Halloween is over and now you have some pumpkins laying around. Want to make something delicious with those pumpkins?  Try Pumpkin with Rosemary and Cinnamon. This recipe comes from the Greek island of Crete and is part of the Mediterranean Diet.  Hope you enjoy it!

Lentil Soup with Moroccan Spice is full of Mediterranean flavor and quick to make. Lentils are an excellent protein source and low in calories, so you can enjoy your meal and still lose weight.

Chicken and Chickpea Salad with Fresh Basil Dressing comes from the Greek island of Crete and has all the right ingredients for a complete lunch.  Eat it with a slice of whole grain bread and dip it in the dressing.  It’s also really good with a simple tomato or sweet potato soup.

Green drinks are the rage.  Using greens in a smoothie adds a lot of nutrients including iron, fiber and antioxidants.  The trick to making a delicious one is not adding so many greens that it alters the flavor of the rest of the smoothie.  This Green Smoothie does just that and is a delicious anti-inflammatory drink that you can have for breakfast or as a filling snack during the day.  

Grilling season is upon us again!  What’s great about grilling is that it coincides with the growing season.  Fresh vegetables on the grill are amazing, full of juicy flavor and caramelized goodness!  Try this recipe from Crete (a Greek island) Greek Lamb, Tomato and Onion Skewers.

Vegetable Pie is great way to get people who think they don’t like vegetables to change their minds. If you haven't worked with phyllo before, do not panic, here is a video that shows just how easy it is to use (he uses butter, but in our recipe we are using olive oil).  

It only takes 30 minutes to prepare Spaghetti with Salmon and Vegetables. Add a salad you have a quick, delicious and nutritious dish.  End the meal with a fruit salad topped with a spoonful of Greek yogurt and cinnamon. As they say in Greece: Kali Orexi!  (Bon Appetit)

Chicken with Mushrooms and Lemon is an easy to make, comforting, anti-inflammatory stew that will have everyone clamoring for more.  Serve with a traditional Greek salad and some hearty whole grain bread for a complete meal.

Looking for a romantic, bright, spicy start to your day?  Shakshuka, probably the most popular egg dish in Israel, is a quick and easy breakfast delight.

Spinach with Feta and Lemon is ultra quick to make. It's packed with iron, anti-inflammatory polyphenols and immune fighting garlic. You can even serve this at breakfast with eggs fried in olive oil. Enjoy!

Baked Eggplant topped with Garlic Yogurt Sauce is a perfect dish for holiday parties and has all the healh benefits along with the delicious flavor of the Mediterranean Diet.

Find out how to cut calories and increase flavor at the same time with this new take on a comfort food favorite Stuffed Peppers with Ground Beef and Mushrooms.

Shrimp with Feta works as both an appetizer or as the main dish. Try this amazing new way to cook shrimp.

Nothing beats a warm Ratatouille on a cold day. Just cut the vegetables, add olive oil, spices and let it cook...easy, healthy and tasty.

Grilled Portobello Mushrooms are a delicious, low-calorie meat replacement and easy to prepare on the grill.

Enhance your cardiovascular health with this delicious and easy-to-prepare dish, Chicken with Cabbage and Leek Soup.

Zucchini and Potatoes (Briam) is popular all over Greece and the Greek Islands.  The half a cup of extra virgin olive oil produces a rich flavor while remaining very good for you.

Asparagus is a superfood loaded with nutrients, vitamins and anti-oxidants. Our Asparagus omelet recipe is an easy to prepare, delicious and nutritious spring dish.

Black Bean Stew is tasty and an affordable source of protein, filling fiber, disease fighting antioxidants and numerous vitamins and minerals.

When you are craving comfort food, enjoy a hearty bowl of Egg Noodles with Walnuts and Basil. You'll be surprised with how simple and flavor-packed it is.

Delicious hot or cold, Lentils with Salsa Verde is a terrific side dish. Also read how adding fresh herbs and spices improve flavor, stimulate digestion, boost digestion and improve absorption of nutrients.

Not too sweet, with a hint of cinnamon and clove, topped with sesame seeds...try Orange Cookies for a tasty treat.

Enjoy Rosemary Olive Oil Tea Cake with your favorite tea.

Here's a delicious, easy to prepare lunch Kefta Meatball Pita Pockets.

Greek recipes are an ideal fit for The Mediterranean Diet. Try our remarkably quick and easy Chicken Souvlaki.

Fire up your grill for Perfect Grilled Eggplant.

Looking for an easy to make snack? Try Spiced Chickpea "Nuts"  

Here's a new, healthy twist on Sloppy Joes that you can prepare in your slow cooker Vegetarian Pinto Bean Sloppy Joes

Raw vegetables are a terrific complement to this party dip White Bean Dip

Take 10 minutes to turn spinach into a family favorite by serving Spinach with Feta and Lemon

Tap into the Mediterranean Diet with this traditional dish that serves 8 Eggplant Parmesan