Many consider the Mediterranean diet to be the healthiest food regimen one can follow. Doctors and nutritionists praise the diet’s emphasis on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and legumes, and according to Mayo Clinic, research has shown the Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of heart disease.
Luckily for us, meals inspired by the Mediterranean diet aren’t lacking vigor, and they’re typically full of healthy fats and fresh flavor thanks to the plants, olive oil, and nuts that make an appearance in many dishes. If you’re inspired to eat healthy the Mediterranean way, try one of these seven recipes that subscribe to the regime. They’re packed with protein thanks to chicken and fish, and you’ll be surprised just how delicious homemade Mediterranean-inspired dishes can taste.
1. Mediterranean Baked Fish
If you’re feeling ambitious, try your hand at this Mediterranean baked fish recipe from Taste of Home. It teaches you how to master herbed fish from the comfort of your own home, and it’ll only take you 20 minutes to bake. The fish is flavored with leeks, olive oil, garlic, and basil, and then topped with tomatoes, olives, and lemon. This fish will come out looking almost too good to eat, but then you’ll take one bite of the dish and change your mind.
- 1 cup thinly sliced leeks
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 12 large fresh basil leaves
- 1½ pounds orange roughy fillets
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 plum tomatoes, sliced
- 1 can sliced ripe olives, drained
- 1 medium lemon
- ⅛ teaspoon pepper
- 4 fresh rosemary sprigs
Head to Taste of Home for the full recipe.