Greek Week Superfood Recap

A very shallow dive into the Mediterranean Diet over the past week or so revealed that it does not require knowledge of the fish that swim in the Mediterranean Sea or the produce that grows near the shores of Alexandria or Morocco. That’s a good thing, because I did a little Google search on the fish that swim in the Mediterranean and found neither tuna nor salmon. What I did find was a very long list that included the Monrovia Doctor Fish, the Mediterranean Sand Eel, the Highfin Lizardfish and the Blackmouth Splitin — all of which sound scary and none of which are available at a fish counter in Austin.

Last week was indeed a big week for learning. After writing about some of my favorite foods, I’ve learned, once and for all how to spell tzatziki and spanakopita. So I’ve got that going for me.

Best as I can figure, aside from the absolute requirement of olive oil (cold pressed extra virgin) the Mediterranean Diet is fairly open ended, and just calls for a diet that’s centered around

  • Nuts, legumes and seeds,
  • Whole grains,
  • Fruits and vegetables,
  • Fish, and of course,
  • OLIVE OIL!

It seems a given that we also need to add to the list: LOTS OF GARLIC.

Here’s a list of the recipes that I had fun with over the past week or so, along with a few other recent posts that appear worthy of inclusion in the Mediterranean Diet.

 Quinoa Burgers (or Patties) with Tzatziki

Delicious on a salad or as a burger: quinoa with tzatziki
Delicious on a salad or as a burger: quinoa with tzatziki

 Walnut, Feta and Grape Salad

When purple grapes stand in for kalamata olives, a Greek salad takes on a whole new vibe
When purple grapes stand in for kalamata olives, a Greek salad takes on a whole new vibe

A Salad Nicoise Variation

 

A salad where simple ingredients all sit distinct in their own little corner is a very appealing concept --especially among kids.
A salad where simple ingredients all sit distinct in their own little corner is a very appealing concept –especially among kids.

An Olive Oil, Parsley and Garlic Spread

 

Garlic, Parsley, Olive Oil and a little salt: More flavor per square cm. than almost any spread out there.
Garlic, parsley, olive oil and a little salt: More flavor per square cm. than almost any spread out there.

 A Lentil, Rice and Vegetable Salad

A lentil recipe that's fresh and colorful -- versus the all-too-often stodgy status of the lentil
A lentil recipe that’s fresh and colorful — versus the all-too-often stodgy status of the lentil

A Phyllo-Free Spanakopita with Kale

Lighter than a quiche and packed with not just any dark, leavy greens -- but Kale, the king of the greens..
Lighter than a quiche and packed with not just any dark, leavy greens — but Kale, the king of the greens..

 A Citrusy Variation on Rice Pilaf

A Zesty Rice Pilaf with Orange Zest, Raisins, Green Onions, and Almonds
A Zesty Rice Pilaf with Orange Zest, Raisins, Green Onions, and Almonds

A Spinach Salad with Strawberries and an Orange Vinaigrette

 

A festive and refreshing strawberry and spinach salad with red onions and feta.
A festive and refreshing strawberry and spinach salad with red onions and feta.

A  Tomato Soup with Fresh Herbs

 

A hearty blend of tomatoes, vegetables and herbs in a soup that takes the basic tomato up a notch.
A hearty blend of tomatoes, vegetables and herbs in a soup that takes the basic tomato up a notch.

A Pasta Salad of Tuna, Kalamata, Olives and Feta

 

A salad to jump start your Mediteranean diet
The entire Mediteranean diet in one salad: fish, feta, olives, olive oil, tomatoes, greens

A Roasted Salmon over Greens and Roasted Vegetables

Elegant and easy salmon with roasted vegetables
A colorful, crowd-pleasing and easy mix of salmon and vegetables