Sunday, 27 January 2013
A while ago I did a blog about the Mediterranean Diet and here are some ideas which may be helpful as well as kind on the purse. How often do we come home at the end of the day worn out from work and wish for dinner to make itself? Thankfully the Mediterranean Diet offers not only healthy meal options, but also ingredients with bold flavors making it easy to get a delicious, flavorful meal on the table quickly and easily at the end of a long day.Try incorporating these traditional Mediterranean Diet ingredients into your meals to boost flavor without adding lots of extra prep time:
Feta's firm, crumbly texture and tart, salty taste beautifully complement fruits, as well as eggs and grains. Just a little bit goes a long way in a salad, omelet, or on a flatbread.
Oregano and basil might be the most familiar Mediterranean herbs on your spice rack, but don't be afraid to experiment with others like cardamom, cilantro, dill, fennel seeds, ginger, rosemary, saffron, or turmeric.
Sun-dried tomatoes have an intense flavor and pack 12 times more lycopene (an antioxidant
associated with reduced risk of certain cancers and heart disease) than raw tomatoes! Use them in wraps and sandwiches, or pasta sauces and bean dips.
Adding wine to cooking liquids can deepen the flavors in seafood and vegetable dishes. Try including a little white wine in a risotto or red wine in your next tomato sauce. Here are some other ideas to help you speed up the dinner-making process:
Plan ahead: Plan all of your dinners for the week on Saturday or Sunday. Make a shopping list and take just one trip to the supermarket.