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Recipes for good health: 4 fresh Mediterranean dishes

By Jennifer Brown, July 17, 2009 - 4:36am

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For years I’ve been eating the Mediterranean way, packing my diet with plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits, “good” oils like olive oil, whole grains, nuts and fish. In May I got to eat this way in an actual Mediterranean country—Tunisia!

I enjoyed the delicious local cuisine, which includes couscous, lamb, grilled seafood and lots of fresh veggies. Many of the dishes are prepared with olive oil— a staple in Mediterranean cooking. On my travels I learned about the process of turning olives into olive oil and sampled several different oils. They were light and pungent, and I bought a can of my favorite olive oil to enjoy when I got home. I’ve used it in some of these delicious Mediterranean recipes. Try them and taste Tunisia for yourself!

Roasted Eggplant & Feta Dip – This roasted eggplant and feta dip gets a kick from a fresh chile pepper and cayenne pepper. Serve with toasted pita crisps or as a sandwich spread.

Tunisian Spiced Lamb Chops & Chard – A great complement for lamb, the bold dry rub in this recipe is a typical Tunisian combination of spices that includes cumin, caraway and crushed red pepper. Sautéed chard gets a twist with toasted pine nuts and sweet dates.

Tabbouleh with Grilled Vegetables – Grilled vegetables add a layer of rich, complex flavors to the popular Middle Eastern salad of bulgur and herbs. Serve with whole-wheat pita bread or use as a sandwich filling.

Mediterranean Tuna Antipasto Salad – Packed with protein and fiber, this tuna and bean salad is ready in a flash. Serve with warm, crusty bread or pack it in a pita for a sandwich. For an extra kick, add a pinch of crushed red pepper or cayenne.

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Jennifer Brown
Jennifer is the production manager for EatingWell Media Group. A voracious reader, cook, baker and mother of 2 who is constantly striving for healthier choices, Jennifer enjoys traveling to new places and trying new things, with and without her family.

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