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. This Roasted Mediterranean Vegetarian Recipe is truly a masterpiece at the latter.
Yes I know that’s a bold claim. Yet stay with me and see what I mean…
Well, it’s 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 this recipe so you have leftovers galore and can keep on enjoying it. This recipe is also gluten-free and dairy free, which I love because it won’t cause bloating or skin issues. Eating a clean, plant-based whole foods diet can really do the body some serious good!
What are some examples of Mediterranean food?
If you’re wanting to embrace more of a Mediterranean kinda diet, you have to use ingredients that they have found to benefit the body most. Here’s some of the most common examples of Mediterranean food if you’re ready to start incorporating them 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 my Thrive Winter 7-Day Reset. Here’s to good health and happiness!Print
I’m a huge fan of swapping traditional pasta for veggie noodles. And this recipe is no different! Spaghetti squash is very mild and has a great texture that can hold up to sauces and toppings like a champ. Bonus points for the squash pulling double duty as its own bowl.
- 1/2 spaghetti squash, seeds removed
- Olive oil, for drizzling
- Sea salt + pepper, for seasoning
- 1 cup (250mL) kale, cut into ribbons
- 1/4 cup (60mL) marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
- 1/4 cup (60mL) kalamata olives
- 1/4 cup (60mL) walnuts, chopped
- 2 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes, chopped or julienned
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, roughly chopped
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
- 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.
- 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.
Keywords: veggie bowl, mediterranean dish, roasted squash
3 Mediterranean Recipes for Beginners
If you’re new to the world of plants, grains and rich oils… you are 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, you can really be set free to experiment and find your own favs.
After you make this tasty dish below, you should check out these three other mediterranean recipes for beginners:
- Herb Hummus : With this recipe on hand, you’ll never need store-bought hummus again! Along with iron-rich chickpeas, we’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.
Ready for more energy and less weight? 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 and reset your body… in just 7 days.
Click here to learn more about Thrive 7-Day Reset.
By: Jen Hansard | Updated: 2.1.2019 | COMMENTS: 22