Healthy Greek Recipes For Dinner – Mediterranean Savour
Experts say the Mediterranean diet helps you lose weight quickly even though food is not scarce at all, on the contrary. Rich in vegetables, fruits, olives, seeds, yogurt and fish, the Mediterranean diet plays a tremendous role in keeping the cardiovascular and the nervous system healthy, research having proven people keeping this diet face half the risk of going through depressions and keeping the blood pressure and cholesterol under strict control. At the same time, people who are on this diet face lower risks of developing cancer, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer and Parkinson. After briefly listing the benefits of the Mediterranean diet, here are two healthy Greek recipes for dinner.
Since we are talking about Greece, let’s start with fish, an omnipresent dish on Greeks’ tables. For this recipe, you will need a 1⁄4 cup lemon juice, 2 teaspoons olive oil, 1⁄4 teaspoon dried oregano, 1 lb. cod, rinsed and dried, spinach leaves, 1⁄4 cup Kalamata olive and a lemon wedge.
Mix the lemon juice, olive oil, and oregano in a small bowl. Place fish in a 10-inch frying pan and pour oil mixture over fish. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer 5-10 minutes or until fish flakes when pierced with a fork. Meanwhile, line a plate with spinach leaves and place fish on spinach and pour liquid over the fish. In the end, garnish with olives and lemon wedges.
The second recipe is for chicken Souvlaki salad, a combination which goes well with a bottle of wine at a seaside restaurant. For it you need 2 teaspoons bottled minced garlic, divided, 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, 3 cups cubed peeled cucumber (about 3 cucumbers), 1/2 cup vertically sliced red onion, 1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled feta cheese, 2 tablespoons chopped pitted Kalamata olives, 2 ripe tomatoes, cored and cut into 1-inch pieces (about 1 pound) and 1/2 cup plain fat-free yogurt.
Combine 1 teaspoon of garlic and the next 5 ingredients (use the other teaspoon of garlic through chicken breast) in a large zip-top plastic bag. Seal the bag and shake to coat. Remove chicken from the bag. Grill or broil chicken 5 minutes on each side or until done. Cut chicken into 1-inch pieces.
Then mix the chicken, cubed cucumber, and the next 4 ingredients (cubed cucumber through tomatoes) in a large bowl. Combine the fat-free yogurt with 1/4 cup grated peeled cucumber, 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper in a small bowl. Pour over chicken mixture and toss well.
Sources: Surse: Food.com, Myrecipes.com