The First in the Series of : Easy Recipes From Around The World – Mediterranean

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I thought it would be fun to start experimenting with foods from other countries. I live in a small town in the Ozark Mountains and there are not many restaurants from other countries here. I like to cook at home anyway and enjoy experimenting with all the different spices and foods I have never had before.

I thought perhaps you would like to take this journey with me while I am finding the first easy recipes from around the world. Starting with the Mediterranean.

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What countries are included in the Mediterranean area

The Mediterranean usually refers to the Countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. Which would be Spain, Italy, Greece, and Portugal on the Northern side. Turkey, Syria, and Lebanon on the East. It also includes African Countries of Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia on the South.

When referring to food most times the Mediterranean is only Greece, Spain, Portugal, and Southern France, but it could be a mixture of any or all of these countries depending on whose point of view it is.

For this post, I chose one recipe from Greece one from Italy and one from Lebanon.

Recipe from Greece

For the recipe from Greece, I chose a beef gyro. I love gyro’s and the tzatziki sauce is amazing. This sauce is full of flavor and the cucumber taste is so refreshing, mix that and the dill with the Greek yogurt. Makes your mouth want to dance!

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The Best Beef Gyro's

For the recipe from Greece, I chose a beef gyro. I love gyro's and the tzatziki sauce is amazing. This sauce is full of flavor and the cucumber taste is so refreshing, mix that and the dill with the Greek yogurt. Makes your mouth want to dance!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Greek
Keyword comfort food, food from around the world, gluten-free, greek, salad
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Marinade Rest Time For Beef 1 day
Total Time 1 day 1 hour
Servings 4 People
Calories 1477kcal
Author Lynda Mohr

Ingredients

  • 12 Ounces Beef Steak (Sliced in fajita style)

Beef Marinade

  • 2 Tbs Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar (Organic)
  • 2 tsp Black Pepper (Ground)

Greek Seasoning

  • 1 Zest of Lemon
  • 1 Tbs Dill
  • 1 Tbs Rosemary
  • 1 Tbs Oregano
  • 1 Tbs Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tbs Onion Powder
  • 1 Tbs Parsley
  • 2 tsp Basil
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Marjoram
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Thyme

Tzatziki Sauce

  • 2 Cups Greek Yogurt (Plain)
  • 1 Medium Cucumber
  • 1 Tbs Greek Seasoning
  • 1 Tbs Olive Oil
  • 1 large Lemon (save zest for greek seasoning)

Instructions

Meat Marinade

  • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl or a jar and stir or shake until well mixed
  • Add meat and mixture together and place in the refrigerator for at least 8 Hours but preferably 24 hours.

Greek Seasoning

  • Place all ingredients in a mason jar and shake to mix ingredients well.

Tzatziki Sauce

  • Cut the cucumber in half and scoop out seeds
  • Grate cucumber and place in a strainer over a bowl and let sit 5 Minutes
  • Squeeze all water out of the cucumbers
  • Add all the Tzatziki Sauce ingredients together and stir to mix all ingredients well

Meat

  • Place 1Tbs of Olive oil( I get mine here) in the pan on medium heat
  • Add meat from marinade to the pan and cook to your desired doneness

Assembling the Gyro

Notes

The Caloric calculation does not include the bread, which is gluten-free like all my recipes.
I always use grass-fed beef and organic herbs and oils when cooking I also use iron skillets.

Recipes from Italy

I made this recipe from a casserole dish. I added a bunch of (Tuscany) flair to it and it made this wonderfully flavorful soup. Chicken, Alfredo sauce, spinach, mushrooms, and the star sun-dried tomatoes and then add the Tuscany seasoning and we have made this dish something to shout about. I can just tell you it will be hard to wait for it to finish cooking. Try it and see!

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Tuscany Soup

I made this recipe from a casserole dish. I added a bunch of (Tuscany) flair to it and it made this wonderfully flavorful soup. Chicken, Alfredo sauce, spinach, mushrooms, and the star sun-dried tomatoes and then add the Tuscany seasoning and we have made this dish something to shout about. I can just tell you it will be hard to wait for it to finish cooking. Try it and see!

Course Soup
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword comfort food, food from around the world, gluten-free, soup, tuscany
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Resting time 5 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings 6 People
Calories 275kcal
Author Lynda Mohr

Ingredients

  • 4 Chicken Breast
  • 5 Large Mushrooms sliced (I use Portabella)
  • ½ tsp Garlic minced
  • 3 Cups Baby Spinach
  • ½ Cup Sun-dried tomatoes
  • Cups Chicken Bone Broth
  • 2 Tbs Butter
  • 12 Ounce Alfredo Sauce
  • 2 Tbs Tuscany seasoning (See Below)

Tuscany Seasoning

  • 2 Tbs Garlic Powder
  • 2 Tbs Marjoram
  • 2 Tbs Thyme
  • 1 tsp Basil
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp Rosemary
  • 1 tsp Sage

Instructions

Tuscany Seasoning

  • Place all ingredient into a mason jar with lid, and shake to blend ingredients well.

Tuscany Soup

  • Boil chicken breasts in chicken broth for 20 minutes then remove from broth to cool
  • Place all ingredients except spinach and chicken into broth and stir.
  • Cut up chicken into bite size pieces and add to broth mixture
  • Cook on low heat for at least one hour
  • Place spinach in soup and turn off the heat. Let stand for 5 Minutes
  • Serve with my Artisan Bread (recipe here)

Notes

I always use free-range organic chicken. I only use organic Chicken bone broth from free range chicken.
 

Recipe from Lebanon

Lentils are a staple food in the Middle East. This recipe is so rich with Lentils and vegetables and loads of spice you will Love. It has a little heat with a hint of lime. I am sure it will warm your belly and your heart.

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Homemade Lentil Soup

Lentils are a staple food in the Middle East. This recipe is so rich with Lentils and vegetables and loads of spice you will Love. It has a little heat with a hint of lime. I am sure it will warm your belly and your heart.

Course Soup
Cuisine Lebanese
Keyword comfort food, food from around the world, gluten-free, lentils, soup
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 6 People
Calories 75kcal
Author Lynda Mohr

Ingredients

  • Cup Brown Lentils
  • 1 Medium Onion Chopped
  • 2 Tbs Arrowroot powder
  • Cups Beef bone broth
  • 2 Tbs Parsley
  • 1 Tbs Mint
  • ½ tsp Cilantro
  • tsp Cayenne
  • ½ tsp Cumin
  • 1 Clove Garlic Chopped
  • 1 Whole Lime zested and juiced
  • 2 Cups Baby spinach

Instructions

  • Put oil in the pan over med heat and add the onion cook until translucent.
  • Make a slurry by warming 1 cup of beef bone broth and adding the arrowroot powder (I get mine here) slowly while mixing. All the powder should be dissolved and not caking on the bottom.
  • add the mint, cilantro, cayenne, cumin, parsley, lime zest, and garlic to the slurry and mix well and add to the pan with the onion.
  • Add the remaining broth and lentils to the pan. Stirring to mix all ingredients well.
  • Turn heat to high and cook 10 minutes. Turn heat down to medium and cook until Lentils are done.
  • Turn heat off add the spinach put a lid on pan and let sit for 5 Minutes. Add the lime juice just before eating.

Wrapping it up

I hope you have enjoyed a few of my simple recipes from around the world. Don’t miss the rest of the series I will be featuring more at least once a month. I hope you have a better understanding of what the Mediterranean area is and what they have to offer when it comes to food.

The Mediterranean is a very diverse place with loads of flavorful foods. I have enjoyed making these different foods from different parts of the Mediterranean just wonder what I may come up with next.

I hope this gets you interested and whipping up these and more of your Mediterranean foods. See you at the next world food post! For me, it’s Gyro time!! Can you say Yum!!

What are some of your favorite Mediterranean foods? I love to hear from you just leave a comment below.

For wisdom is better than rubies, and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it. ~ Proverbs 8:11 KJV

Blessings,

Lynda