5 Healthy Mediterranean Recipes

00:00​​​ Intro To The Spruce Eats

00:07 Classic Greek Gyro

00:53 Vegetarian-Friendly Baba Ganoush Without Tahini

01:40 Middle Eastern Chicken Shawarma

02:48 Morrocan Chicken Tagine

04:14 Baked Lemon Garlic Cod

Easy Homemade Gyros


For the Meat Mixture:

  • pound ground lamb, or beef
  • teaspoons kosher salt
  • teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • teaspoons ground cumin
  • teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • teaspoon dried oregano
  • cloves garlic, minced
  • cup minced red onion
  • teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • for grilling or frying, as needed

For the Sandwich:

  • rounds flatbread, or pita
  • leaves lettuce
  • medium tomato, sliced or diced
  • medium onion, thinly sliced
  • cup Tzatziki sauce

Step by step instructions https://www.thespruceeats.com/gyros-a-greek-classic-912899

Vegetarian-Friendly Baba Ganoush Without Tahini Recipe:


  • medium eggplants
  • optional
  • tablespoons lemon juice
  • teaspoon cumin
  • teaspoon finely chopped fresh parsley
  • teaspoon onion powder
  • cloves garlic, preferably roasted, minced

Step by step instructions https://www.thespruceeats.com/baba-ganoush-recipe-without-tahini-3377689

Middle Eastern Chicken Shawarma Recipe:


For the Marinade

  • cup plain yogurt
  • cup vinegar
  • cloves garlic, crushed
  • teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • teaspoon salt
  • pod cardamom pods
  • teaspoon ground allspice
  • tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

For the Chicken

  • pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, thinly sliced

For the Sauce

  • cup tahini
  • cloves garlic, crushed
  • cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • tablespoons plain yogurt

For the Sandwich

  • medium onion, thinly sliced
  • medium tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • medium cucumber, thinly sliced
  • teaspoon sumac
  • cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • optional
  • large pita breads

Step by step https://www.thespruceeats.com/simple-chicken-shawarma-recipe-2355394

Morrocan Chicken Tagine Recipe:


    1 to 2 preserved lemons, quartered and seeds removed

    1 whole chicken, cut into pieces, skin removed, back discarded or reserved for another use

    2 large white or yellow onions, finely chopped

    2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced

    1 small handful fresh cilantro, chopped

    1 small handful fresh parsley, chopped

    2 teaspoons powdered ginger

    1 teaspoon black pepper

    1 teaspoon turmeric (or 1/4 teaspoon Moroccan yellow colorant)

    1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

    1/4 teaspoon saffron threads, crumbled, optional

    1 teaspoon smen, optional

    1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ras el hanout, optional

    1/3 cup olive oil

    2 handfuls pitted olives (green or red, or mixed)

    1/4 cup water, approximately, if using a tagine

Step by step https://www.thespruceeats.com/chicken-tagine-with-preserved-lemons-olives-2394715

Baked Lemon Garlic Cod Recipe:


    4 (6-ounce) pieces boneless, skinless cod fillets

    Sea salt, to taste

    Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

    1 1/2 teaspoons unsalted butter

    1 tablespoon olive oil

    2 cloves garlic, crushed

    2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

    2 tablespoons coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley

Step by step https://www.thespruceeats.com/lemon-garlic-cod-2246104

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