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7 Easy Mediterranean Recipes Packed with Veggies

April 26, 2024
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The benefits of the Mediterranean diet are well documented. It’s great for your heart, your gut, and your brain. It’s also vegetable-forward, which is good news for those of us who need to get more veggies into our diets (hint: it’s most of us). Fortunately, the Mediterranean diet is also delicious, loaded with flavors, textures, and colors. And you can put together satisfying meals without much fuss. Here are some of our favorite easy Mediterranean recipes so you can incorporate this healthy eating style into your life without breaking a sweat.

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1. Quinoa-Stuffed Eggplant with Tahini Sauce

Quinoa-stuffed eggplant

Courtesy of Simply Quinoa

Quinoa provides a good dose of protein to this vegetable-heavy dish featuring eggplant, and makes it quite a hearty dinner. The quick tahini sauce adds creamy, nutty flavor to every bite. Make extra and use it on other dishes all week.

Try this recipe from Simply Quinoa.

2. Parmesan Polenta with Roasted Vegetables

Parmesan polenta with roasted vegetables

Courtesy of Family Style Food

Take a break from rice, sweet potatoes, and other starches, and give polenta a try. It’s inexpensive, versatile, quick, and super satisfying. This creamy Parmesan-spiked version is topped with colorful mix of vegetables that roast while you stir the polenta on the stovetop.

Try this recipe from Family Style Food.

Related: 7 Mediterranean Diet Breakfast Recipes for Easy, Healthy Mornings

3. Mediterranean Chickpea Stew with Spinach & Feta

Mediterranean chickpea stew

Courtesy of A Saucy Kitchen

Keep a few cans of chickpeas and tomatoes tucked away in your pantry and you can make this 20-minute stew at a moment’s notice. If you’re extra hungry, serve it with crusty whole grain bread, which will help soak up all the broth.

Try this recipe from A Saucy Kitchen.

4. EasyMediterranean Orzo Salad

Mediterranean orzo salad

Courtesy of The Mediterranean Dish

This Greek-leaning pasta salad is filled with juicy tomatoes, bell peppers, salty feta and olives, and plenty of fresh herbs. It has great staying power, so enjoy leftovers for lunch.

Try this recipe from The Mediterranean Dish.

5. Halloumi Hummus Bowls

Halloumi hummus bowls

Courtesy of How Sweet Eats

Halloumi is a goat’s and sheep’s milk cheese that hails from the Greek island of Cyprus. What makes it so special is that it has a high melting point, so you can grill or fry it in slabs. The result is something that’s crispy on the outside, salty and warm on the inside, and a perfect topper for these hummus bowls.

Try this recipe from How Sweet Eats.

Related: 7 Mediterranean Lunch Ideas We Love Right Now

6. Mediterranean Lentil Salad

Mediterranean lentil salad

Courtesy of Recipe Runner

Protein- and fiber-rich lentils are the perfect base for this hearty salad. Refreshing cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, parsley, and feta offer a host of flavors and textures. The simple, zingy dressing made from ingredients you probably have on hand makes this tasty bowl super simple.

Try this recipe from Recipe Runner.

7. Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes

Mediterranean baked sweet potatoes

Courtesy of Minimalist Baker

Meal prep baked sweet potatoes over the weekend, and most of the work is done for this hearty dish. With spiced chickpeas, a luscious garlic-herb sauce, and any veggie toppings you like, it’s flexible and tasty, and so satisfying.

Try this recipe from Minimalist Baker.

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