Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Tasty Mediterranean Diet Recipes for Breakfast

You may have heard of all the health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet. You may have read that the Mediterranean Diet is a tasty, healthy diet that allows you to lose weight while still eating delicious foods. You may just be interested in Mediterranean cuisine. Whatever the case, read on for Mediterranean diet recipes that are simple, healthy, and include ingredients that are available not just in Mediterranean regions.
Enjoy these Mediterranean breakfast recipes.
Turkish Bread Topped With Smoked Salmon and Hummus. (Serves 2)
2 slices Turkish bread, sliced down the middle to form 2 squares. 2 Tabspns hummus 4 smoked salmon slices 1 avocado 1 medium tomato lettuce, a few leaves 1 cucumber chopped fresh dill chopped fresh chives 2 teaspns capers 1 teaspn virgin olive oil 2 lemon wedges salt and pepper
Toast Turkish bread if desired. Spread generous serve of hummus onto each slice. Top with all other salad ingredients, then smoked salmon slices. Garnish with fresh herbs and capers. Squeeze lemon juice over the top. Drizzle with a little virgin olive oil. Flavor with salt and pepper if desired.
Oily fish such as salmon is consumed on a regular basis on the Mediterranean Diet. The omega-3's that are contained in these types of fish are excellent for heart health.
Mediterranean Style Omelet. (2 generous serves, or 4 with toast.)
1 medium tomato, diced 1 bell pepper, any color 1/4 cup pitted Kalamata olives, chopped 2 cloves garlic 2 green onions, chopped 1 teaspn extra virgin olive oil 1 teaspn lemon juice 1 Tabspn fresh parsley, chopped 2 Tabspn skim milk 4 eggs 1 Tabspn fresh herbs, chopped, select whatever you prefer, eg: chives, oregano, rosemary, or basil 2 oz feta cheese, crumbled
Combine tomato, bell pepper, olives, garlic, green onions, olive oil, lemon juice, and parsley in a small bowl. Let sit for a few minutes. Combine eggs, milk, and herbs in another bowl, and whisk. Heat non-stick fry pan or specific omelet pan, and add half the combined egg mix. Reduce heat, cook for 1 or 2 minutes. When omelet has browned around the edges and the top has lost most of its moisture, add half of the vegetable mix, to one side only of the omelet. (Much like cutting a circle in 2.) Add half the feta cheese. Gently fold omelet over to cover the cheese and vegetables, creating a half circle.
Cover the pan and cook for about another minute. Turn off heat and allow omelet to sit a little longer until warmed through. Then gently slide onto plate.
Repeat above instructions with remaining ingredients. Can be served with Turkish bread drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, or a high grain crusty bread. (Remember traditional Mediterranean recipes would not be using butter on the toast or bread.)
These easy Mediterranean recipes use Mediterranean foods that are easily available in most parts of the world. The fresh vegetables and herbs are typical ingredients for Mediterranean food recipes and will allow you a certain leeway in substituting your own favorites.
Don't forget, that one of the reasons that the Mediterranean diet is so healthy is that Mediterranean recipes use extra virgin olive oil. This is the olive oil made from the first pressing of the olives and contains far more health bestowing anti-oxidants than the following pressings which result in virgin olive oil and olive oil.
Hope you enjoy these breakfast meal ideas for the Mediterranean Diet. We think you will agree it is the tastiest diet around!

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