Now, I want to start by saying that I am not one for dieting – I am a firm believer in variety and balance (it’s why I set up Delicious and Real). But if I had to choose my favourite diet it would be the Mediterranean one.
Why? Because it delivers what I love most: a rainbow of colour. It has been recognised as one of the healthiest diets in the world because it is packed full of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein sources, herbs and spices, and healthy fat sources (like chia seeds, walnuts, avocado and olive oil).
The Mediterraneans have got it right and I whole-heartedly agree with their approach to eating! Lots of my recipes follow the rules of the Med: lots of tomatoes and whole grains, a kaleidoscope of fruit and vegetables (this is always the biggest chunk of my shopping list) and of course plenty of herbs and spices – don’t let this put you off though! I tend to use the same ones, I definitely have my favourites that are the stars of many of my dishes: cumin, coriander, garam masala, oregano, mixed spice and turmeric are top of my list!
Still not sure? Well, here is a sample of some of my favourite recipes (and one of them has been unlocked for non-members to try). They are bursting with colour, flavour and healthy fats –
My favourite dishes
- Lemon crunch Greek yogurt
- Avocado, poached egg, spinach and tomatoes
- Scrambled smoked tofu with mushrooms, tomatoes and spinach
- Hummus (plain or beetroot) with toasted pitta bread and crudites
- Frozen snicker bites
- Sweet potato crisps
- Tagliatelle with spinach, red pepper, prawns and red pesto
- Salmon ‘fish-finger’ curry with a wholewheat chapati
- Meatless meatballs with crusty bread
- Cod traybake
- Halloumi salad
By signing up to Delicious and Real, you are signing up to a positive change. You will have access to all of my recipes and can choose which ones suit your tastes, lifestyle and dietary needs – with over 250 recipes, there really is something for everyone!