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

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.  It will be fun to start experimenting with foods from other countries.

Because I live in a small town in the Ozark Mountains 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.

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 in 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! I use my gluten-free naan bread as the wrap for them.

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!

  • 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)

Meat Marinade

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl or a jar and stir or shake until well mixed

  2. Add meat and mixture together and place in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours but preferably 24 hours.

Greek Seasoning

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

Tzatziki Sauce

  1. Cut the cucumber in half and scoop out seeds

  2. Grate cucumber and place in a strainer over a bowl and let sit 5 Minutes

  3. Squeeze all water out of the cucumbers

  4. Add all the Tzatziki Sauce ingredients together and stir to mix all ingredients well

Meat

  1. Place 1Tbs of Olive oil in the pan on medium heat

  2. Add meat from marinade to the pan and cook to your desired doneness

Assembling the Gyro

  1. Place Nan bread (you can find the recipe here) on a plate

  2. Add the meat to center then tzatziki sauce and the greek salad ( see that here) and enjoy!

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 is sun-dried tomatoes (I use these) 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!

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!

  • 4 Chicken Breast
  • 5 Large Mushrooms sliced (I use Portabella)
  • ½ tsp Garlic minced
  • 3 cups Baby Spinach
  • ½ cup Sun-dried tomatoes
  • 3½ 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

Tuscany Seasoning

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

Tuscany Soup

  1. Boil chicken breasts in chicken broth for 20 minutes then remove from broth to cool

  2. Place all ingredients except spinach and chicken into broth and stir.

  3. Cut up chicken into bitesize pieces and add to broth mixture

  4. Cook on low heat for at least one hour

  5. Place spinach in soup and turn off the heat. Let stand for 5 Minutes

  6. Serve with my Artisan Bread (recipe here)

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.

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.

  • 1½ Cup Brown Lentils
  • 1 Medium Onion Chopped
  • 2 Tbs Arrowroot powder
  • 6½ Cups Beef bone broth
  • 2 Tbs Parsley
  • 1 Tbs Mint
  • ½ tsp Cilantro
  • 1½ tsp Cayenne
  • ½ tsp Cumin
  • 1 Clove Garlic Chopped
  • 1 Whole Lime zested and juiced
  • 2 Cups Baby spinach
  1. Put oil in the pan over med heat and add the onion cook until translucent.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Add the remaining broth and lentils to the pan. Stirring to mix all ingredients well.

  5. Turn heat to high and cook 10 minutes. Turn heat down to medium and cook until lentils are done.

  6. Turn heat off add the spinach put a lid on the pan and let sit for 5 Minutes. Add the lime juice just before eating.

Wrapping  up Our Easy Recipe from Around the World

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

18 Comments

  1. Residents of the Mediterranean region are considered some of the healthiest people in the entire world because of the types of foods they eat, like wild-caught fish, lots of virgin olive oil, and wine. I’ve made a note of your recommended recipes and will try them. Thanks.

    1. Thanks, Terry!! Yes, the people of the Mediterranean are very healthy. I love their food I hope you like the recipes. Let me know how they turn out.
      Blessings,
      Lynda

  2. I don’t know anything about cooking, but I love eating. Living in Southern California, I can practically sample food and cuisine from around the world .
    I love some of the Mediterrannean food you mentioned. They are not too spicey. Can you tell me whether the skewered Shish Kabob is a Mediterranean food. Its one of my favorite.

    Good job in posting the recipes

    1. Hi!! Thanks for stopping by!! The skewered shish kabob originated in Turkey, which is part of the Mediterranean. I have found however they are also really popular with the Asian communities as well. Greece also has adopted its own kind of Kabob and several other countries. They are one of my favorite cook on the grill. I hope this helps.

      Blessings,
      Lynda

  3. Got no particular favorite Mediterranean food but among the three you’ve presented above, I would love to try Homemade Lentil Soup as I do love to eat vegetables and  spicy foods aside from they’re really good for health. My kids too love to eat such kind and they would surely love to have this new taste I’m gonna be preparing for them soon. I would also like to try the other two recipes you mentioned as I really love to cook since I’ve been fulltime at home with my kids and glad to always introduce new taste for a  change with the usual ones, LOL!. Looking forward as well for your other recipes. Thanks a lot!

  4. It is my dream to visit the countries along the Mediterranean Sea one by one. From Turkey to Greece, and from Italy to Morocco. Since I can’t afford it yet, then it’s better to just imagine what it would be like dining in one of the restaurants in Greece by coming up with this Gyro Beef. Thanks for the recipe, I will follow exactly what has been written in this recipe. The only thing is that, some of the ingredients mentioned are rare and hard to find, and I wonder if they are available via Amazon? Like for example, Marjoram.

  5. You did a great job going around the world to bring tasty food recipes to us. I really love your passion towards your work in making people to have sweet tasty experiences by providing the necessary recipes. The recipe from Greece, the best beef Gyro would be tasty as it has cucumber among its recipes and also the recipe from Lebanon,  Homemade Lentil Soup with vegetables and lentils. These will be nourishing to the body. Thanks for the recipes provided and procedures of preparation. Looking forward to your second series  of recipes from the Mediterranean area

    1. Thank you so much for the kind words. Will look for you on the second go around. I do hope you try these recipes and like them, they are so good.

  6. That was a nice one. I love all Mediterranean foods. I love eating any new food I have not ate before. My love for eating new food made me to eat the Italy Mediterranean food and I enjoyed it so well. I love chicken breast and whenever it is used to cook. It leaves an undying pleasurable taste on my tongue. I equally love the Greece Mediterranean food. I have not tested it yet but I know I will like it. I have seen the ingredients it contains and they are the things I love. I will have a taste of it soon. Italy Mediterranean food still remains my favorite for now. 

    1. Hey, thanks for stopping by!! I love the Tuscany chicken soup it really is amazing but the gyro, now that is some good eating!!!I hope you like it as well.

      Blessings,

      Lynda

  7. I am from a multi racial country, where there are hundreds of tribes with diversified cultures, which in turn means diversified dishes. 

    Previously, I always look down on the dishes of other tribes, because I just thought they wouldn’t hold as much taste as my tribe’s dishes. 

    But, I was in for a surprise when I went to the Northern part of my country for a certain national duty, only to be bombarded with varying delicious meals. 

    So, trying out meals outside our countries tribes can hold alot of interesting surprises. 

    I loved the Greek recipe, only reading through the recipe, my mouth was on its way to the dance floor. 

    1. Thanks for stopping by!! I agree that we should always try some new things. I think it makes life more exciting and we all need to have a little zing every once in a while. I am glad your mouth is dancing!! LOL

      Blessings, 

      Lynda

  8. Hi! Thank you very much for these 3 recipes. I liked them all but I must say that the Tuscany Soup, in my book, is the best of the three.

    I really like Mushrooms and Oregano. But I believe the final touch is given by adding spinach. It makes this soup yummy! Can we substitute crusty bread with potatoes? What do you advice?

    1. I think you can add anything you like to this. I just like dipping my bread in it. Some people even make croutons to go in the soup. Potatoes would pair well too.

      Blessings,

      Lynda

  9. I have often described myself as a lover of good food not because I eat too much but because I love good food and I like to try out new recipes too. That’s why I really appreciate you for this great article, it’s definitely for me. Sincerely I have not tried any of these recipes before but I am definitely trying them most especially the recipe from Greece, Beef Gryo. Thanks

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