Delicious Dishes For a Healthy Lifestyle All Week Long
Samantha Ferraro’s fresh and simple dishes make it easy to eat healthy food throughout the week. Enjoy all of the amazing benefits of the Mediterranean diet, no matter how busy your schedule. Lean proteins, bright produce and heart-healthy oil make for light meals full of zesty, aromatic spices that leave you nourished and satisfied.
Try One-Pot Paprika Chicken with Olives and Orzo when you need dinner in a hurry―you’ll be transported by each layer of flavor, with a bonus of quick cleanup. Red Lentil Falafel is a fun, family-friendly meal, and Stuffed Tomatoes with Lamb and Feta make a colorful spread for guests. With so many choices of creative soups and salads, richly-spiced meats, healthy grains and indulgent desserts, cooking the Mediterranean way is a breeze even on your busiest weeknights.
Blogger Ferraro (Little Ferraro Kitchen) offers an assortment of quick-and-easy Mediterranean recipes inspired by both her Jewish ancestry and a trip she and her husband made to Turkey and Spain. The author's voice is perky, but there's a lack of authenticity: chimichurri, for example, isn't Mediterranean (it hails from Argentina). Ferraro offers helpful shortcuts for preparation, such as using packaged puff pastry for bourekas and frozen phyllo shells for mini baklava bites, but her suggestion to use garlic powder instead of fresh garlic may not be worth the time saved in such meals as a sweet-and-savory dish of roasted squash with dates. Tips scattered throughout are fairly basic (e.g., crack eggs for shakshuka in a bowl rather than adding them directly to the pan to avoid shell mishaps). Highlights include a recipe for homemade harissa hot sauce, orzo and Turkish eggs with spinach and yogurt, and one-pot meals like paprika chicken with Castelvetrano olives. Ferraro certainly has a friendly approach, but little new ground is broken.