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Mediterranean Recipes for a Mediterranean Diet

Mediterranean recipes are known as simple, diverse, light and delicious. So pile on the hummus, throw in some halloumi and find a HelloFresh Mediterranean recipe that satisfies your cravings. Which recipe will you make tonight?

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What is the Mediterranean Diet?

Also known as the MedDiet, the Mediterranean diet is an eating pattern used to describe the diet of many individuals living in the countries along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, including Greece, Italy, southern France, Crete, Spain and parts of the middle east.

The diet is primarily plant-based, with the minimal animal-based contributions coming from mostly seafood and fish dishes, poultry and a limited quantity of dairy products. The Mediterranean diet also includes large amounts of seasonal fruit and vegetables as well as beans, legumes and wholegrains. In terms of drink, water would be the first thing those following a Mediterranean diet would reach for, but the diet does not exclude coffee, tea, fruit juice and low to moderate alcohol consumption, typically in the form of red wine.
As the Mediterranean diet focuses on whole, minimally processed foods, with an emphasis on plant-based ingredients, healthy fats and lean protein sources, it often means that those following the diet benefit from improved overall health and well-being. Not to mention that the vast range of Mediterranean recipes on offer gives people plenty of choice every single mealtime.
The Mediterranean diet utilises an abundance of fresh, whole foods that are rich in nutrients and bursting with flavour. Some of the top foods or ingredients in a Mediterranean diet include:

  • Olive Oil: A primary source of fat in the Mediterranean diet, olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats and antioxidants, contributing to heart health.
  • Vegetables: Fresh, in season vegetables make up a huge part of Mediterranean cuisine. Everything from tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, onions, leafy greens and other seasonal vegetables make for a hearty bite in every Mediterranean recipe.
  • Fruits: Oranges, lemons, figs, grapes, apples and berries are popular in Mediterranean cooking, with a focus on whatever is in season at that time.
  • Protein in the form of fish, seafood and poultry: Lean sources of protein, such as chicken and turkey are popular in the Mediterranean diet, as well as fatty fish such as salmon, tuna and sardines, which are high in omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Dairy: Yoghurt and cheese are particularly popular in Mediterranean recipes, with Greek yoghurt being a firm favourite due to its probiotics and protein content.
  • Legumes: Popular legumes in Mediterranean recipes include lentils, chickpeas, beans and peas, which are excellent sources of plant-based protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals.

Mediterranean Recipe FAQs

What are the main foods in a Mediterranean diet?

Mediterranean recipes typically include fresh, whole foods rich in nutrients, including a flavourful combination of seasonal vegetables and fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, fish, poultry, dairy and herbs, all drizzled in olive oil to complete the dish.

Is Mediterranean food healthy?

The Mediterranean diet consists of whole, minimally processed foods, with a focus on plant-based ingredients, healthy fats and lean protein sources. This offers those following a Mediterranean diet a balanced approach to nutrition, promoting overall health and well-being.

If I order home Mediterranean recipes from HelloFresh, when will they be delivered?

Whichever recipes you choose to order, when you order with us, you’ll tell us which delivery date is most convenient for you. Our standard delivery slot is between 8am and 7pm, but you can choose an 8am to 12pm slot for an extra charge. Later delivery slots are also available between 5pm and 9pm in London.

What if I’m not home when my Mediterranean recipes arrive?

Don’t worry if you’re not home when your order arrives. Our couriers will leave your order in your safe place; you can tell us where this is in your account.

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