We're all about the Mediterranean Diet around here. Truth be told, it's more of a lifestyle than a typical, restrictive diet. The Mediterranean Diet puts the focus on healthy, whole foods that we love eating anyway. And it's kind to wine. What's not to love? It also takes well to slow, flavor-building preparations. With that in mind, we've put together a list of convenient slow-cooker recipes that feature Mediterranean Diet-friendly foods.
"Easy to make, flavorful, and creates a wonderful aroma to come home to," says Chris. You'll simply simmer a boneless turkey breast in the slow cooker with kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes, Greek seasoning, and chicken broth brightened with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Pam made a couple adjustments: "I added hot pepper rings for spice and a can of garbanzo beans. Near the end I added a can of artichoke hearts. Excellent!"
"Yum, this is a delicious dinner," says Buckwheat Queen. "The meat was so tender and the sauce this recipe creates is fantastic. Leftovers made an excellent sauce for pasta."
In this vegetarian recipe, butternut squash, eggplant, zucchini, and frozen okra cook slowly in a flavorful, seasoned tomato sauce. "A wonderful, wonderful stew that is easy to make," says Tiffany. "The amazing flavors meld together so well and create such a surprisingly deliciously and unique dish!"
Strips of boneless, skinless chicken breast combine with garbanzo beans, sweet potatoes, carrots, canned diced tomatoes, and plenty of seasonings. "Excellent," raves the Occasional Cooker. "A delicious, easy, healthy, and budget-friendly one-dish meal. The flavors blended nicely and it smelled wonderful while it was cooking."
Here's a Spanish-style slow-cooker recipe that combines beef with olives, potatoes, garlic, and onions with sofrito, the flavorful Spanish tomato and green pepper-based condiment, which is a terrific cooking base. "Very easy to make," says Caroline. "It reminded me of cacciatore. Added carrots for that real beef stew feel. Delicious."
Chicken cooks low-and-slow over a bed of pepperoncini, olives, and garlic in a creamy lemon sauce. "The combination of flavors was wonderful," says Tiffiecancook. "When the meat was gone, we saved the sauce and used it to spoon over rice and grilled pork chops a few days later. Cookingcub adds: "This is an excellent low-cal dish without the sour cream," she says. "I've made it with and without, and found it to be great either way."
Chicken breast halves simmer slowly with spaghetti sauce, tomato paste, diced bell peppers, garlic, sliced mushrooms, and simple seasonings over low heat. "My family loved this," says mvukas. "The chicken was so tender and juicy. I held the mushrooms out and sauted them in butter and red wine."
A hearty vegetarian minestrone soup that's loaded with vegetables and macaroni. "Slow cooking this soup allows all the flavors and spices to intensify and delivers a delicious, hearty meal," says laura. "Serve with a green salad and garlic bread for dipping."
"My family is from Greece and this lentil soup recipe is adapted from my traditional Greek lentil soup (fakes) recipe," says Diana Moutsopoulos. "Since becoming a mom, finding time to cook has been hard, and this soup was a perfect slow cooker candidate. My husband and I think it tastes better than when made on the stove. Baby loves it, too!"