The Mediterranean is a prime travel destination, and for good reason. This area boasts rich history, a near-perfect climate, gorgeous architecture and landscapes . . . and let’s not forget about the incredible food!
Inspired by the traditional cuisines of southern Italy, Greece and Spain, Mediterranean cooking has gained popularity because of its healthy emphasis on lean meats and seafood, fiber-rich produce and beans, and fresh herbs. The Mediterranean diet tends to be high in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. Its methods of grilling, roasting, baking and pureeing are also among the healthier ways to prepare food.
You can transport yourself to Mediterranean instantly with The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook by culinary consultant, chef and cooking instructor Amy Riolo. In this cookbook, Riolo serves up interesting tidbits about Mediterranean culture alongside heart-healthy, flavorful recipes that are perfect for people with diabetes.
Want a sneak peak of some of the recipes? Check out the following how-to videos, starring Riolo herself!
Corsican Prawns with Chickpea Cream: Beans and seafood make for an earthy combination—and Riolo has a tip for knowing when shrimp are at their peak, not overcooked.
White Bean Tomato Soup: This meal uses pantry staples, perfect for a weeknight when you’re short on time.
Israeli Orange and Honey-Glazed Chicken with Basmati Rice and Almonds: Small amounts of honey and orange juice go a long way toward creating a juicy, flavorful roasted chicken. And did you know basmati is sometimes called “the prince of rices”?
These Mediterranean-inspired dishes prove that healthy cooking can be an exotic journey as well. Do you have a favorite recipe or ingredient from this region? Tell us about it in the comments below!