As much as I've grown to love a salad, I still prefer my veggies either blended into a green smoothie or roasted with fun seasonal flavors. These Mediterranean inspired recipes are truly masterpieces at the latter.
Yes I know that's a bold claim. Yet stay with me and see what I mean...
They are packed with veggies AND flavor...oh the flavors!!! Your taste buds are gonna go crazy from all the flavor-fusion happening here. I suggest doubling some of these recipes (especially the Mediterranean veggie bowl below) so you have leftovers galore and can keep on enjoying it. These recipes are also gluten-free and dairy free, which I love because they won't cause bloating or skin issues. Eating a clean, plant-based whole foods diet can really do the body some serious good!
Vegetarian Mediterranean Foods
I adore Mediterranean recipes and love how vegetarian-friendly the mediterranean diet is overall! The more natural, fresh ingredients we eat, the longer we live— study after study has proven that!
What are some examples of Mediterranean food?
If you're wanting to embrace more of a Mediterranean kinda diet, then you have to use ingredients that benefit the body most. Here are some of the most common examples of Mediterranean food you can start incorporating into you diet (and many are used in the recipe below!)
- unrefined oils
- moderate use of cheese, eggs, poultry
Now that you know what a huge part of a Mediterranean diet looks like, it's time to put it into practice with one of my favorite recipes from Seasonal Cleanse. Here's to good health and happiness!
5 Mediterranean Diet Recipes for Beginners
After you make this tasty dish below, you should check out these five mediterranean inspired recipes for beginners:
- Herb Hummus: If you've got this recipe on hand, then you’ll never need store-bought hummus again! Along with iron-rich chickpeas, I’ve included loads of fresh, vibrant herbs to add extra vitamins, minerals, and leafy green love to an already beloved dip.
- Pumpkin Soup: One thing I really love is a good vegan pumpkin soup. It’s healthy, filling, comforting, and warms you up when the weather is chilly. Check out the recipe notes for all the variations.
- Kale Chickpea Salad: This easy-to-assemble, seasonal salad is perfect when you need lunch on the go! Packed with protein, healthy fat, and antioxidant rich pomegranate seeds, this autumn-inspired salad is sure to keep your body fueled through the afternoon.
- Vegetarian Taco Salad: I've spiralized sweet potatoes and used walnuts as a protein source for this delicious taco salad recipe.
- Roasted Vegetarian Bowl: Loaded with salty kalamata olives and rich nutritional yeast, the recipe below is the perfect Mediterranean recipe for you to enjoy right now.
Using mediterranean recipes to heal
If you're ready for more energy and less weight, then check out my 7-Day Plant-Based Whole Foods Reset. You'll have a shopping list, meal plan and simple recipes to help you take control of your health as well as reset your body... in just 7 days.
If you're new to the world of plants, grains and rich oils, then you're not alone! I feel like there was a time when I watched a lot of people cook on TV, yet I wasn't actually doing it. It can be intimidating at first to take the reins in the kitchen. Yet once you find a few staple recipes you love, like this Mediterranean recipe, you can really be set free to experiment and find your own favs.
Roasted Vegetable Mediterranean RecipeRate this Recipe Print Recipe
- ½ spaghetti squash (seeds removed)
- 1 teaspoon olive oil (for drizzling)
- sea salt
- black pepper
- 1 cup kale (cut into ribbons)
- ¼ cup marinated artichoke hearts (drained and chopped)
- ¼ cup kalamata olives
- ¼ cup walnuts (chopped)
- 2 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes (chopped or julienned)
- 1 tablespoon lemon (juice)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley (roughly chopped)
- sea salt (to taste)
- black pepper (to taste)
- crushed red pepper (to taste)
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place the squash half on the baking sheet and drizzle with a little olive oil (just enough to keep it from drying out) and season well with salt and pepper. Flip it over and bake, cut-side down for 40–45 minutes.
- To test for doneness, insert the tip of a sharp knife into the squash at various places. It should be easily pierced. Keep warm until ready to serve.
- Use a fork to scrape the squash strands away from the shell. Season with a little more salt and pepper.
- Place the kale, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, walnuts, and sun-dried tomatoes on top of the squash.
- Squeeze lemon juice over the top, drizzle with olive oil, and top with the Vegan Cheeze Sprinkle, chopped fresh parsley, and a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes. Eat immediately.
- Vegan Parmesan makes a great topping
- Eat within 24 hours, or the spaghetti squash 'noodles' start to go mushy.
- Use the nuts or seeds of your choice in place of walnuts.