Oh how I wish I could cook traditional Mediterranean food. The Mediterranean diet has been revered as one of the healthiest in the world, and definitely one of the most delicious. I absolutely DIE for couscous, hummus, pita, pasta, and vegetables, but alas, I am not the planet’s greatest chef, and I certainly don’t have the time or ability to create gourmet Mediterranean dishes! But when I’m craving this style of food, this is how I do it. :)
1) Marinate Chicken Breasts
I use this recipe from Budget Bytes to marinate my Mediterranean chicken overnight. It’s super inexpensive and simple, and you probably have most of the ingredients at home already.
2) Grab Mediterranean Frozen Veggies
Target has an awesome selection of frozen fruits and vegetables. It’s where I buy almost all of my frozen foods. These Mediterranean-style veggies and quinoa blend from Archer Farms are $2 each, and the perfect addition to any faux Mediterranean dish! Nuke them in the microwave for 6 minutes, and you’re good to go.
3) Make Toum
Huh? Yes, TOUM! Toum is a thick, creamy garlic sauce that can be used for dips or sauces on meats and pastas. The process is a little complicated, but if I can do it, so can you. If you really don’t want to make it, just head up to your nearest Mediterranean grocery store and buy some pre-made, it’s delicious!! Grab the recipe I used here. I used my Vitamix and it turned out perfectly!
This is such an easy, delicious meal, and your guests will think you’ve been cooking Mediterranean all your life. :) Add some medjool dates as a sweet side dish. Let me know if you try it tonight!